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Training and funding empowering women to be leaders in the arts

We’re inviting 16 women to take part in a paid leadership programme that includes work placements, mentoring and training.

❗️Update❗️

We have been monitoring the situation regarding Covid19 and its potential impact on the Women Leaders South West programme. We want this programme to have maximum impact and to be ambitious and have therefore decided to postpone recruitment until the end of 2020. We hope this will give people time to focus on getting through this current crisis and enable them to come to the programme fresh in early 2021 with energy and ideas, in what may well be a changed cultural landscape. It goes without saying that we are all hugely disappointed not to keep the momentum going – but we will return!

What next?

We will release a new Call Out with a revised timeline towards the end of 2020. There will also be a series of Open Days and Information Sessions where we can meet each other and offer support with your application.

In the meantime, if you have any queries at all you can contact kateward@mail.com.

Updates will be posted on each partners website, as well as the Women Leaders South West Facebook page.

What if I have already applied?

Some people have already applied – thank you!! You can either:

1) request that we keep your application on file, and we will stay in touch with you about the new timeline.

2) withdraw your application and re-apply once the project resumes.

Please contact kateward@mail.com with your preference or with any queries.

What if I have online information sessions booked with the partner organisations?

These online or telephone sessions planned for 7thApril will still go ahead. They will still be useful as the programme content is very unlikely to change. It is also important that we meet you and hear your thoughts to help us plan and develop the programme.

Please contact kateward@mail.com with your preference or with any queries.

What if I have online information sessions booked with the partner organisations?

These online or telephone sessions planned for 31stMarch and 7thApril will still go ahead. They will still be useful as the programme content is very unlikely to change. It is also important that we meet you and hear your thoughts to help us plan and develop the programme.

Update to Timeline

We have been monitoring the situation regarding Covid19 and its potential impact on the Women Leaders South West programme. We want this programme to have maximum impact and to be ambitious and have therefore decided to postpone recruitment until the end of 2020. We hope this will give people time to focus on getting through this current crisis and enable them to come to the programme fresh in early 2021 with energy and ideas, in what may well be a changed cultural landscape. It goes without saying that we are all hugely disappointed not to keep the momentum going – but we will return!


Women Leaders South West
Empowering Women of all Backgrounds to be Leaders in the Arts

Are you interested in the arts? Do you enjoy problem-solving or making things happen? We’re inviting 16 women to take part in a paid leadership programme that includes work placements, mentoring and training.

(Postponed to 2021)


The challenge

Women are under-represented at a leadership level across all art forms – in theatres, festivals, galleries, and museums. Racism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, economic constraints and caring responsibilities also create barriers to career development and leadership opportunities. The Women Leaders South West programme aims to understand these barriers, develop tools to tackle them and remove some of the obstacles women face in becoming leaders in the arts.

The opportunity

We’re working with 8 other organisations across the South West to offer training and funding for women to take part in a leadership training programme.

Together, we’re looking for 16 women associates who we can support on their leadership journeys.

Photo of Kalkidan Legesse, founder of Sancho’s, at the Slow Fashion Show. Photographer: Emma Booth.

About you

The programme as a whole is looking for applicants who are:

  • Passionate about arts and culture
  • Over 21 years old
  • Based in the South West region (Bournemouth, Christchurch Poole, Plymouth, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire, BANES & Bristol)
  • Rooted in their local community
  • Interested in developing new skills

We are particularly interested in working with women from groups who are most underrepresented at leadership level in the cultural sector, including disabled women. At Strike A Light specifically, we are especially keen to hear from women based in Gloucester from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

You do not need a higher education qualification, but do need to have at least two years’ work experience (this does not have to have been in the arts).

The full lowdown

More information about the programme will be released when applications re-open next year. If you have any questions before then please get in touch with the project manager kateward@mail.com.