Easter School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership

Easter School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership

Booking is now open for strictly limited spaces at the widely acclaimed Easter School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership. 

Led by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds as part of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme, this week-long residential course for arts professionals and fundraisers is led by academics, senior practitioners and consultants from the arts and cultural sector.

You will gain critical insight into useful case studies and an academic context in which to discuss the skills required to lead and develop arts organisations in ever more challenging times. 

With just 10 spaces available, this executive programme focuses on arts fundraising and leadership, exploring topics such as the history of philanthropy, how to manage change, how to build resilience, and how to instil values into fundraising and development activity. As well as a week of intensive study and practical activity, the School also offers time out for reflection – a rare chance for delegates to step back from the day-to-day pressures of working life in the arts, share ideas with like-minded colleagues, and actively engage in new thinking and strategic planning.

"The course has been exceptional in quality, with a high standard of theory presented in a variety of teaching styles. My aim was to learn and consolidate previous knowledge and this has been met and will feed into the future academic and professional practice."

- 2017 delegate


Who it is for? 

There are 10 places available to arts managers and fundraisers with at least three years’ experience in the arts and cultural sector, who would like to develop their careers as arts leaders, whether leading development teams or entire organisations. 

In addition, the 10 new Professional Fundraising Fellows from across England will attend the Easter School in 2019. These Fellows have been selected for their leadership potential and will therefore bring a huge breadth of experience from across the arts and cultural sector. 

This combination of experience, bringing together the next generation of arts and cultural leaders, is central to the School dynamic, and it enables all participants to learn from their peers as well as from the tutors and guest speakers. The Easter School will be delivered through a balanced mix of lectures, tutorials, panel discussions, group activities, small group project work and group presentations.

In addition, visits to nearby arts and cultural organisations will provide a unique opportunity for participants to listen to, question and network with a range of established sector leaders.

“That feeling when you hear inspiring experiences from amazing speakers. It’s no longer study and becomes hope for the future.”

Lorna Clayton-Rawle, Fundraising Manager, The Tetley and 2017 delegate


The Easter School will take place at Weetwood Hall Conference Centre & Hotel in Leeds and run from Sunday 7 to Friday 12 April 2019

As well as a full daytime schedule, participants will also need to undertake project work during the evenings. 

Please note, as the School is an intensive learning experience, it is not possible to attend as a day delegate. The School is a residential course and delegates must be able to commit to stay on-site for its duration.

Costs and booking 

The cost for attending the 2019 Easter School is £1,850 + VAT. This includes all teaching, accommodation, meals and course materials. Book your place here on Eventbrite

There are 3 bursaries worth £500 each available for those that are under-represented within the sector, please email Poppy Facer for more information.