Four West Midlanders are among the latest 19 candidates selected for the Clore Fellowship, the development programme for cultural leaders supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation.
Birmingham residents Richard Hawley, artistic director of the Lichfield Festival, Arts Council West Midlands dance officer Wanjiku Nyachae and former Birmingham Royal Ballet principal dancer Dorcas Walters are joined by Worcester-based Michelle Knight, general manager of Wolverhampton’s Foursight Theatre.
The 19 successful candidates, selected from 70 interviews, are drawn from Britain, with four specially-funded fellowships for participants in Hong Kong, India and the United Arab Emirates.
Regarded as one of the world’s foremost development programmes for leadership in the cultural sector, the programme was set up by Dame Vivien Duffield in 2003 to help outstanding arts administrators make a career step-change through placements, residential courses and other opportunities.
It covers a wide spectrum of cultural forms including the visual and performing arts, film, heritage, museums, libraries and archives, creative industries and cultural policy and administration. As well as year-long fellowships it offers short courses for individual leaders and training for board members of cultural organisations. Since September 2004, 156 cultural leaders from the UK and abroad have been awarded fellowships.
Sir John Tusa, chair of the Clore leadership programme, said: “Our final selection was not an easy task. But I believe we have chosen 19 outstanding Fellows who represent the nations in all their diversity, the regions, the art forms and the huge range of organisations that underpin the arts in the United Kingdom. They are entirely committed to their arts, to their audiences, to their ideals. We look forward hugely to working with them to realise their ambitions in the months ahead.”