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Leading culture in the 21st century 

    Dates: 6-13 April 2017

    Venue: King’s College London, Top 21 University (QS World University Rankings 2016)

    About the course : A dynamic new programme created especially for senior international cultural leaders working in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia, the UK and Europe.  

    What will the course provide?

    Stimulation and access to leadership of a range of London’s world-class cultural institutions Opportunities to think afresh with international peer group 
     Challenges on issues of leadership, resilience, creative risk and business innovation Review and reflection on the vision, innovation, resilience of your own practice or organisation 
     Insights on the challenges facing leaders of contemporary cultural practice   A chance to refresh your learning and boost your professional business acumen


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    Who is the course for? 

    Senior professionals, executives and managers with over ten years sector and 3 years senior management experience in the arts, heritage, culture, cultural education and creative sectors across the world, seeking a high-level, contemporary professional development opportunity.

    Register your interest/request a copy of the programme: email

    Watch our video to get an overview of the course.


    Course highlights

    Leading culture sees a distinctive collaboration between the university’s high calibre academics and respected industry professionals from key cultural organisations, creating an intensive and immersive learning opportunity at the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cultural cities. 

    Historic Royal Palaces (Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle) is one of our cultural partners, offering a live case study day, on-site at the Tower of London.

    Deborah Bull, formerly Creative Director of the Royal Opera House and now Assistant Principal (London) at King's and Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England will be leading some of the learning on the course.

    The programme will include some of the following topics:

     21st century leadership challenges  Cultural leadership in international contexts
     Cultural policy and infrastructure  Regeneration through culture
     Engaging and developing audiences  Power and leadership
     Cultural venue lecture tours to key cultural organisations  



     Keynote Speakers, academics and panellists will include:

    Alex Beard CBE,
    Chief Executive, Royal Opera House
    Alice Black,
    Deputy Director, Design Museum

    Michael Day,
    CVO, Chief Executive, Historic Royal Palaces 

    Maurice Davies,
    Head of Collections, Royal Academy of Arts
    Jan Filochowski,
    Visiting Professor, Brunel University
    Harriet Finney,
    Deputy CEO & Policy Director, Creative Industries Federation
    Darren Henley OBE, 
    Chief Executive, Arts Council England

    Sue Hoyle,Director,
    Clore Leadership Programme

    Louise Jeffreys, 
    Director of Arts, Barbican Centre
    David Kershaw,
    CEO M&C Saatchi
    Freya Murray,
    Program Manager, Google Cultural Institute
    John Newbigin OBE,
    Chair, Creative England



    A limited number of Professional Bursaries will be awarded for high-performing individuals, please request more information and an application form at

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