Applications are now open for the 2019/20 Clore Visual Artist Fellowship, which for the third year is supported by a-n.

Open to professional visual artists in the UK who are looking to develop as leaders in the cultural sector, the Fellowship is for artists working within fine art, applied art, live arts and moving image, sound and text-based practices, digital and animation, participatory, public and community arts.

The Clore Fellowship is a tailored programme of leadership development that aims to enrich and transform cultural practice and engagement through developing the individuals’ leadership capacity.

The self-guided fellowship will include guest speakers, practical workshops, mentoring and coaching and also a secondment. The programme runs from September 2019 to July 2020.

The annual Clore Leadership programme awards places to around 25 individuals from a range of specialisms across the cultural sector. For 2019/20 there are also fellowships funded by Arts Council England (Open Fellowship), Art Fund (Curator Fellowship), and the Wellcome Trust (Wellcome Fellowship).

Previous recipients of the Clore Visual Artist Fellowship are Manchester-based Maurice Carlin (2016/17) and Nicola Naismith (2017/18), who is based in Norwich.

In her article ‘An A-Z of leadership learnings‘, Naismith says that the Fellowship “led to an overhaul of beliefs, values, activities, approaches to practice, modes of communication. This modernising is still oscillating, so there is an opportunity for real change, development and expansion”.

Carlin described the Fellowship as “a life-changing experience” and “a rare and wonderful opportunity… to reflect on the choices and decisions I’ve made”.

More information on the application process can be found on the Clore Leadership website.

The closing date for applications for the 2019/20 Clore Visual Artist Fellowship is noon, Thursday 29 November 2018

Group photo of Clore Fellows 2016/17 taken at the start of the fellowship, September 2016. Photo: Hugh Hill

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