The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow in partnership with Cultural Associates Oxford (CAO) is launching a free three-month cultural leadership programme, consisting of mentoring sessions and a one-week intensive course. The course will run between December 2021 and February 2022 as part of the international UK – Russia Creative Bridge 2021-2022 programme.
The Cultural Leadership Programme will support 30 cultural leaders from across the sector in the Russian Federation to enhance their knowledge and skills. It will expose Russian participants to international standards of cultural leadership and strategic planning, equip participants with new skills and knowledge to analyse the context they are working in, give them high-level project management skills and tools and will generate new ideas for professional collaboration with UK colleagues in the cultural sector.
The one-week intensive course will be delivered online in a virtual format with engaging and interactive elements using a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions, group breakouts, workshops and learning tasks.
Threaded throughout all sessions will be the key theme of socially responsive practice, enabling participants to reflect on sustainability and the climate emergency, diversity, equality and inclusion and what this means on both an individual and organisational level.
As a result of the programme participants will:
- Develop their leadership skills and understand the importance of strategic thinking and planning.
- Understand the importance of being led by a vision and purpose that is meaningful and can be used across the organisation and staff.
- Broaden their perspectives by learning and discussing with other colleagues from across the sector.
- Expand their knowledge of best practice from examples and case studies provided from the UK and other countries.
- Develop their understanding of risk, innovation and entrepreneurship and the importance of looking at risk in a healthy way.
- Benefit from three one-to-one mentoring sessions to encourage participants to work through current and future organisational and individual challenges.
- Introductory session to meet the cohort, faculty members and to understand what the programme will cover
- Three mentoring sessions, one before, one during and one after the programme
- One-week intensive course from 10 to 14 January 2022 that will cover the following essential topics:
- Strategic planning for organisations and the sector overall
- Marketing and communications
- Personal brand
- Inclusivity, diversity, accessibility, and equality in project management
- Risk and crisis management
- Partnership management and fundraising
- Innovation and entrepreneurship
- Brand Management
- Pre and post-reading materials
- Closing networking event with colleagues from the UK
The application is open for leaders from the cultural sector and creative industries that
- Have at least 5 years of experience in a management role.
- Have experience of managing a team.
- Have demonstrable leadership and communication skills.
- Able to cascade knowledge and implement them in their organisations.
- Can demonstrate that the programme is relevant to them.
- Live and work in the Russian Federation.
- Have at least an upper-intermediate level of English (speaking, listening and writing).
- Have a specific project in development or area of knowledge that needs to be supported by the mentorship programme.
The programme is developed for
- Leaders and senior managers representing Russian cultural institutions.
- Creative entrepreneurs and project leads working in the fields of visual and performing arts, film and television, literature and publishing, music, architecture, design, fashion, media and communications.
- Advisors and managers working in the cultural sector for local / regional / national bodies.
- The programme is accessible to any cultural leader regardless of their age, disability status, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs. The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow and CAO will conduct the selection process in line with equality and diversity policies.
How to apply
Fill out the application form in English and submit it until 23:59 (UTC +3) on 21 November 2021.
Successful applicants will be informed by e-mail no later than 6 December 2021.
Participants will be asked to join an introductory meeting on 13 December 2021 to meet the cohort and facilitators and receive their pre-reading for the course.