Applications now open for new UK Creative Community Fellows Leadership Programme

Applications are now open for collaborative leaders to take part in the first UK Creative Community Fellows Programme (UK CCF).

This new leadership programme is an online and in-person learning experience that will run its first cohort from October 2020 to January 2021. It will bring together artists, community organisers, administrators and entrepreneurs from around the United Kingdom to explore new tools and frameworks which will enable their arts and culture projects to drive transformational change in their communities.

Applicants are encouraged to visit for more details on the programme and how to apply.

The programme is being run by an international partnership between Derby Museums and National Arts Strategies (NAS) with support from the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS). The programme is funded by Arts Council UK and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) Foundation.

“Driving transformation through arts and culture can be daunting, difficult and often lonely. UK Creative Community Fellows will bring cultural trailblazers together to be part of something bigger, to learn life-changing skills, and to see dreams become reality.” - Hannah Fox, Director of Projects and Programmes, Derby Museums

Building on a successful model developed over five years in the USA by NAS, the UK CCF will enable cultural organisations, artists, government bodies and communities to benefit from a blended approach to knowledge and skills development in a diversity of leaders, and the delivery of civic services and place-shaping programmes. 

“Arts and culture can be a powerful force for positive community change. That’s why creative people who are called to strengthen their communities need to be supported and the UK Creative Community Fellows programme develops leaders to enable them to make a lasting difference in their own communities.” - Sunny Widmann, Director, NAS

The UK CCF begins this year and will support a total of 50 fellows across two years. Through the programme Fellows will learn and apply analytical and strategic tools, supported by a faculty drawn from UK and international partners with expertise in social entrepreneurship, business, leadership, community development, social psychology and design.

For more information about the UK Creative Community Fellows Programme, contact Hannah Fox on 01332 641901 or email:

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