Training ProgrammeLiving Allowance / Training Bursary: £12,000

The Women Leaders South West project is run by a group of eight arts organisations and one business school.

The project also involves the WOW Foundation, which is a global movement to celebrate women and girls and take a frank look at the obstacles they face. An Arts Council England Transforming Leadership grant is funding the project.

Applications now open:

We are now looking for 16 women associates. You may have creative ideas that you want to see happen for yourself or your community. We invite you to take part in a leadership training programme and will support you on a leadership journey.

You will be: passionate about arts and culture; over 21 years old; based in the South West region; BCP (Bournemouth Christchurch Poole), Plymouth, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire BANES & Bristol) which means that you live and/or work here; rooted in your local community and; interested in developing new skills.

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

The support programme will be bespoke for each participant and can include: a training bursary of £12,000 to cover ten months of training; a work-based placement with one of the arts organisations; mentoring; additional support to meet your individual needs across the whole programme, for example childcare; BSL interpretation; and travel costs.

We are particularly interested in working with women from groups who are most under-represented at a leadership level in the cultural sector including disabled women and women from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

How to apply

You must apply by the deadline of Monday 16th November 2020 at 9am.

You will find full details of the programme and details on how to apply in the recruitment pack:

Recruitment Pack (PDF online application)


BSL Interpreted Recruitment Pack

BSL Interpreted FAQ’s

Audio Recruitment Pack

Large Print Recruitment Pack

To understand what leadership can look and feel like, watch and listen to performance poet Malaika Kegode who created a video for WLSW while in lockdown.

‘Rooted’ by Malaika Kegode
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