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ASEF Unplugged - Edinburgh

What makes an arts manager a cultural leader?

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Andrea ABELLON Culture Department ASEF Unplugged - Conversations on the Arts in Asia and Europe Culture

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

 ASEF Unplugged: Conversations on the Arts in Asia and Europe

What makes an arts manager a cultural leader?

In partnership with Visiting Arts, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) organises an ASEF Unplugged in Edinburgh, United Kingdom on the topic of cultural leadership. This conversation will feature 2 directors of cultural leadership programmes from Asia & Europe. 

As Dirk Schutz and Kristin Oswald have very rightly observed in a recent special Arts Management Quarterly edition, cultural leadership is the talk of the town, with many courses, fellowships and capacity building programmes mushrooming in the last years. It is in this context that ASEF Unplugged-Edinburgh invites you to a conversation with Hilary Carty, Director of Clore Leadership Programme and Pooja Sood, Director, JKCC and founder of ArtThinkSouthAsia training programme for arts managers, on 22 August 2019 from 8:00-8:45 as part of the Visiting Arts International Producers’ Breakfast (VAPB) in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

We hope to interrogate the many questions around leadership with these two pioneers in the field: What is cultural leadership? Is the notion purely western as often claimed? Are cultural leaders born or made? What skills and competencies set a leader apart in today’s complex workplace?

How best can emerging leaders be supported?

The conversation will be moderated by Anupama Sekhar, Director for Culture at Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).


Register here:


When & where:

Thursday, 22 August 2019


Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

United Kingdom



Hilary Carty (United Kingdom)


Clore Leadership Programme


Pooja Sood (India)


KHOJ International Artists Association



Anupama Sekhar

Director, Culture

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)


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Read more about cultural leadership case studies which features both Clore Leadership and ARThinkSouthAsia from the Cities: Living Labs for Culture? Case Studies from Asia and Europe (2nd edition, May 2016) - Section 3 on Arts Leadership excerpt from the Documents section of this page.

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