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Leadership development in the cultural sector: paradigms, pedagogies and practices 22 March 2016 Brussels, Belgium
How can we better understand the direction, challenges, and needs of leadership development in the European cultural sector ?

Join ENCATC’s collaborative masterclass to explore cultural leadership development in a European context, from theoretical, contextual and pedagogical perspectives. Exchange experiences, knowledge and research with the team who are developing a new cultural leadership development programme with our 21st century challenges firmly in mind. Consider a range of stimulating provocations from guest speakers; expand your professional network; and build bridges for future collaborations. Your input and point of view will be invaluable contributions, and thanks to the collaborative masterclass’s rich programme and interactive format, you are sure to leave with new ideas, thoughts and inspiration for your own work!

The ENCATC collaborative Masterclass is organised in the framework of the “European Cultural Leadership” project, a two-year partnership initiative supported by Erasmus+ and Västra Götaland region Sweden. The project consortium is led by Nätverkstand Kultur in Sweden and includes ENCATC, Trans Europe Halles, and the Olivearte Cultural Agency. 

Programme (9:30 -17:30)

  • 09:30 – 10:00  Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:10  Welcome by Prof. Annick Schramme, ENCATC President and Karin Dalborg, CEO, Nätverkstan Kultur)
  • 10:10 – 10:30  Cultural leadership development, introduction to the topic and each other
  • 10.30 – 12:30  What environment, structure, pedagogical methods and theoretical perspectives are needed to learn and develop cultural leadership in a European context? Four provocations followed by Q&A, discussions.
  • 12.30 – 12.45  Feedback from ‘critical friend’
  • 12:45 – 14:15  Lunch time
  • 14:15 – 14:45  Introduction to the ‘European Cultural Leadership’ Project by the team
  • 14:45 – 16:30  Workshop on key themes
  • 16.30 – 17.30  Feedback, rapportage and next steps.
  • Networking and a glass of wine


  • Dr Jon Price, Senior Research Fellow at Greys School of Art in Aberdeen (Scotland) and author of The Discourse of Cultural Leadership
  • Hatem Hassan Salama, theatre director and Project Manager of Tandem Shaml (Europe and Southern Mediterranean Region)
  • Marjolein Verhallen and Pepijn Reeser, Course Leader and Course Coordinator (respectively) of the LinC project (The Netherlands)
  • Dr Višnja Kisić, Co-founder and Development Manager, Creative Mentorship project (Serbia)

Critical friend and rapporteur for the day:

  • Maureen Salmon, Course Leader, University of the Arts and Founder Director of Freshwaters Consultancy (UK)

ECL pilot workshop at TEH meeting in Budapest

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How to Participate in Cultural Leadership

During the one-day workshop the participants got the opportunity to get a taste of what this leadership programme can be like. Since the members of Trans Europe Halles are one of the intended target groups the feedback and opinion on both the content, form and pedagogic approach was highly valuable and will shape the future programme.

Here are some of the feedback we collected:
– To learn by experiencing in role play or exercises is important to be able to develop and  understand leadership skills.
– The program should offer lots of opportunities to apply things very concretely to every day to day leadership in organisations.
– Dialogue and diversity is vital through out the program to really enable new discoveries by learning from each other.
– The people factor is central as well as understanding the special context of the cultural  sector.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Work in progress

European Cultural Leadership – an international educational program for emerging leaders in the European cultural scene.


Nätverkstan in Göteborg (Sweden) initiated a study in 2009 to learn more about Swedish cultural leadership. The findings highlighted three areas of deficit for the Swedish cultural sector with regard to leadership: 1. There are few opportunities for the development of cultural leadership 2. It is difficult to recruit competent leaders for cultural organizations 3. Leadership, in constrast to other areas of activity within arts and culture – for example artistic competency – has a relatively low status in organizations. On sharing these results with wider European partnes, we have come to believe this is not only a question for Sweden but that we can identify the same need for building cultural leadership capacity in a changing society around Europe. As a result, the European Cultural Leadership programme was born, a partnership between Nätverkstan, Trans Europe Halles, Olivearte Cultural Agency and ENCATC to develop a course in cultural leadeship that is relevant to the needs and future development of the arts and culture sector in Europe.

Aim and activities

The aim of European Cultural Leadership is to develop an educational program that provides an increase in capacity, skills and knowledge for leaders in the European cultural field. Using three dimensions of cultural leadership – operational, contextual and processual – as a frame or starting point we will prioritise a number of strategic areas and use this as a basis for developing the course in cultural leadership.


Between September 1st 2014 – August 31st 2016 the course will be developed through research, partners meetings (both face to face and virtual), consultation with the sector and testing of prototypes before launcing the course in 2017.


Nätverkstan will coordinate the project and have a leading role in developing the educational program and two publications connected to the project, while the partners will contribute with their experience, knowledge and competence.