The Clore Leadership Programme has announced its 25 fellowships for 2016/17, with Salford-based artist Maurice Carlin awarded the Visual Artist Fellowship supported by a-n The Artists Information Company.

A freelance visual artist based at Islington Mill, Carlin founded Islington Mill Art Academy, an independent peer-led art school, and Islington Mill B&B, an artist-led residency scheme. He co-founded the Sounds from the Other City music festival, and has worked as an artist-curator, and as a guest lecturer at the Royal Academy Schools.

a-n’s executive director, Jeanie Scott, said: “We were very excited to see such strong, talented applications to this, the first dedicated Visual Artist Fellowship – we’re delighted for Maurice and look forward to supporting him as he charts his course through his Fellowship over the next year and will catch up with him over the summer to get his initial thoughts on becoming a Fellow.

“Visual artists are and have to be entrepreneurial, but they also need to be extremely robust and self-sufficient to survive and thrive in what is becoming a more challenging environment every day. We hope the Visual Artist Fellowship will be a strong helping hand in that challenge – for the individual artists we support and the networks they inspire and influence.”

Pioneering initiative

Founded in 2003, the Clore Leadership Programme is a pioneering initiative to develop and strengthen leadership across cultural and creative sectors in the UK.

Each year, Clore Fellowships are awarded to exceptional individuals from across the visual and performing arts, museums, archives, cultural policy, film and media. The new Clore Visual Artist Fellowship supported by a-n has helped ensure that a visual artist is part of the 2016/17 intake.

Sue Hoyle, director of the Clore Leadership Programme, said: “I am thrilled to welcome our 13th cohort of Fellows today. The Clore Fellowships provide an intensive and challenging programme of personal and professional development which is crafted to suit each individual, and adapted in response to the changing demands that cultural leaders face today.

“Each Fellow gains the confidence, skills and practical experience to lead strategically. They join a peer network of talented leaders who will sustain them throughout their career. We look forward to getting to know them and working together to strengthen our cultural life.”

Find out more about the Fellowship and the other 2016/17 Fellows at

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