Activate is one of nine partners in the South West taking part in SWarm – a new project funded through Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership Fund. SWarm seeks to address the gender imbalance in senior roles in arts organisations.


According to Arts Professional (2018), “Only 31% of Artistic Directors of large Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations are women. Men are still paid 10.6% more than women in the arts.”


We are excited to work with participants (‘Associates’) who will be recruited to work with the partner organisations.


These Associates will gain valuable work experience and insight into the day-to-day running of an arts organisation at senior level. They will also learn business and entrepreneurial skills through training developed by Southampton Business School. Associates will develop their professional peer network across the South West region.


16 Associates will be selected through an application process in early 2020. There will be a focus on recruiting those from a diverse range of backgrounds. Including those that may otherwise struggle to find a way in to working at leadership level in the arts and cultural sector.


Watch this space for more details on how to apply.


The SWarm partner organisations are: The Point (lead partner); Activate Performing Arts; Art Asia Ltd.; Diverse City; Kaleider; Pavilion Dance South West; Southampton Business School at the University of Southampton; Strike a Light; The Arts Development Company.

They are based across Dorset, Devon, Hampshire and Gloucestershire.

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