Advanced Cultural Leadership Academy

Upcoming Workshop


Design The Future: Cultural leadership and sustainable development

Date: 19 May 2018
Time: 10:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: Black Box Theatre, HKU (map)
Workshop Facilitator: Sholeh Johnston, Director, The Field 

A practical workshop for artists, creative practitioners, and cultural leaders from across the arts and creative sectors, including performing and visual arts, film and TV, design, architecture, museums and archives, literature and publishing, and cultural policy makers.

As climate change and environmental challenges become increasingly present in our everyday lives, this workshop considers what the implications, challenges and opportunities are for cultural leaders and practitioners in Hong Kong. We will look at cultural leadership in context, exploring the approaches, values and traits of artists and cultural practitioners leading and responding to social and environmental change through their work.  

The global movement of artists, cultural organisations and policymakers collaborating to shape imaginative visions and practical solutions will be taken as inspiration, particularly in cities; consider the role of policymaking in advancing change; and reflect on the leadership competencies and actions that will support transition to more sustainable ways of working in the long term.

The workshop will provide space for reflection, as well as inspiring case studies, practical resources and tools, and everyone will leave with tangible actions to take back to their communities, workplaces and creative practice.

About the Facilitator
Sholeh Johnston is a creative consultant, coach and facilitator with over ten years’ experience across the creative industries in the UK and internationally. She has worked across different artforms with hundreds of artists, organisations, policymakers and academic institutions to explore interdisciplinary issues such as climate change and environmental sustainability, climate justice, intercultural understanding, and wellbeing. She has led programmes on creative leadership for sustainable development, and has recently completed a report into how artists and creative organisations are contributing to climate justice and sustainable development in South Africa. She is an Associate of Julie's Bicycle, one of the world’s most pioneering organisations for cultural action on climate change, where she was previously Head of Creative Programmes and with whom she created the world’s first Creative Climate Leadership Programme. She is a Clore Leadership Programme Fellow (2016/17).

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