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The Extend Leadership Programme

Project Outcomes

As part of Extend all participants contribute towards a group project. In 2014-2015 the groups were Peripatetic GroupCultural Leadership and Wellbeing Research Group, and Team Tea & Buns.

Peripatetic Group
Alton Brown, Nicola Gilcreest, Kate Self, Fiona Smith, Kamina Walton
As part of the Extend Leadership Programme 2014-2015, the Peripatetic group project sought to: explore the role of Artist as Leader; creative leadership; how both influence approaches to change within educational and learning environments; and the impact of this research on the development of our own practice.

They aimed to better understand creativity in the context of leadership through a range of methodologies which included desk-based research, a series of interviews with professionals, collective writing, and hosting an exploratory event with potential young leaders.

From their research they worked to develop a number of outcomes including group collaborative writing, an artist’s commission, a short film and a research website.

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The Peripatetic Group were keen to create an opportunity to share their project with other groups of people in order to present some of their own learning, share and try out democratic leadership approaches, and create opportunities to investigate this learning further through open discussion. They invited 12 young people from Bristol identified as aspiring creative leaders for an evening of informal presentation, performance and discussion. This is a film of that conversation.



Cultural Leadership and Wellbeing Research Group
Victoria Mayes, Maggie James, Andrea Mercer, Janette Robinson & Caroline Austin

Within the cultural education sector they explored the value of wellbeing, across a range of art and non-arts organisations. Focusing on leadership they investigated the local, national and international approaches to wellbeing and the effects it can have upon a cultural organisation’s staff, practitioners, audiences and networks.

Their concerns were reflected across each of the participating organisations and our project addressed key themes such as: how wellbeing is valued by cultural leaders and their organisations, the preferred models of leadership to implement wellbeing, how does this work have a local, regional national or international impact in relation to wellbeing and what are the top five priorities for wellbeing in a workplace. It was important to the group to consult with a variety of cultural leaders within a mix of large and small organisations from both arts and non-arts sectors. They framed our research within personal, organisational and social contexts.

Download Cultural Leadership and Wellbeing Research Group Project report


Team Tea & Buns
Carly Mee, Cath Sherrell, Louise French, Lesley-Ann Smith, Fiona Mair

Their starting point was to ask: Is there anything unique about the way leadership is practised in the arts sector? They wanted to investigate and interrogate leadership in the arts and then directly compare our findings with leadership in another field – namely, the corporate sector. How do we, as arts learning professionals, perceive and currently use leadership skills and qualities and styles? Would our arts leadership skills/ qualities/ styles differentiate us from leaders in the corporate sector? How would people in leadership roles in a business setting perceive and currently use leadership skills/ qualities/ styles?

By mapping the elements that contribute to leadership, and analysing overlaps and gaps, Team Tea & Buns hoped to:
 - learn more about leadership
 - show similarities and differences in leadership in the arts and corporate sectors
 - better understand and articulate our own leadership
 - draw conclusions about the leadership which might be best suited to advocating for the value of the arts and their transformational power.

Download Team Tea & Buns Project Report




Images taken during Extend Residential by Maggie James


Image from Peripatetic Group Project Report


Image from Cultural Leadership & Welbeing Research Group project Report


Image from Team Tea & Buns Project Report

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