Boosting Resilience: Survival Skills for the New Normal is an intense, boundary-pushing and catalytic two year Executive Learning programme that aims to enable senior, executive and board level staff from England-based arts and cultural organisations, music education hubs, ACE accredited museums and local authority library services (that are directly delivered or fully commissioned to a 3rd party) to develop new approaches to building resilience through identifying, capturing and using the value of creative assets and intellectual property.

Entry onto the two year Executive Learning programme will be by application and will support a minimum of 25 executive and board level participants from a diverse range of organisations from across the country.

There will be opportunities for the wider sector to engage with the programme through online resources including: evaluation materials, case studies, films, blogs and other learning materials.

Ideas Pools

The programme will launch with a series of three Ideas Pools taking place in Bristol, London and Manchester in May 2017.  These Ideas Pools will give you a taster of the programme and methods we will be using, and explain how you can apply to participate in the full programme.


23 May 2017

Venue: Watershed
Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Book Tickets


25 May 2017

Venue: Cass Business School
Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Book Tickets


26 May 2017

Venue: The Shed, MMU
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm

Book Tickets

If after attending an Ideas Pool you wish to apply to participate in the Boosting Resilience Programme, we will ask you to complete a brief application form by the 22nd June.

Application forms will be available here during the week after the Ideas Pools.

The Boosting Resilience: Survival Skills for the New Normal programme is being conceived and delivered by:

Experts from these organisations will work with the course participants to co-design a programme which is uniquely relevant to their own organisations, and across the Arts Council England Portfolio.  This is an exciting opportunity for creative and curious arts leaders to work with world leading researchers to create a challenging but practical and user centred programme. The aim is that the programme will also become an important asset more widely across the sector.

Please note that the 2 year programme will be free to participants, but you will be asked to cover your own travel costs and accommodation for three two day residencies which will be held throughout the programme.  A small number of bursaries will be available for these costs, as will assistance for additional costs such as carers or child care.