The AD:Vantage Leadership programme is a development opportunity for d/Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent people who work in arts, culture or heritage.
The programme content is designed to be delivered entirely online to meet the greatest possible range of access needs.
This is a pilot programme for 5 people. It includes group learning sessions, 1-2-1 support and mentoring from a chosen industry specialist. It also includes an approach to learning that encourages peer support, as well as talks and workshops which will be tailored to your needs as we get to know you.
Duration: up to 3 hours
Required for all participants
1 x Orientation event where you will get to know your group members and start to get clear on what you want to achieve from participating. The session is designed to get you off to the best possible start.
Delivered by Helga Henry & Lara Ratnaraja
This is the main teaching element of the programme and combines ideas, approaches and practical tips, reflection consideration and discussion. We will vary the style and approach and ensure that we have regular screen breaks and monitor the energy of us all.
A typical AD:Vantage group session includes an introduction to the topic with group exercises and then applying lessons to your own situation with practical "real" action plans. We will look at key leadership themes, vision, communication, finance, strategy, planning and wider context setting.
Mentoring & Guidance
Led by Lara Ratnaraja and an industry mentor
3 x 1-hour sessions with Lara. This is a chance to talk one-to-one about the success you want to achieve through the programme and how to apply it afterwards. Lara will also work with you on what you might need from a specialist mentor and who that mentor might be. Scheduling will be timetabled in advance – with slots available and booked in during induction. They will take place at the beginning, middle and end of the programme.
4 x hours mentoring from an industry mentor
Industry mentors will be art form and cultural entrepreneurs who are leaders in their fields. Mentors on previous programmes have included cultural leaders from Art Monthly, The National Theatre, Southbank, LIFT Festival, BIrmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Encounters Film Festival, The Guardian, University College London, IKON Gallery, Artichoke, LADA, RADAR and Spike Island. In previous programmes, mentors have continued to meet informally with mentees, introduced them to other potential mentors and employed them on projects.
We cannot guarantee all of these outcomes, but experience tells us that as a result of the support you will get by being on AD:Vantage you will:
Benefits of taking part
Work on specific development needs that we have jointly identified and that you want to focus on in order to advance your career.
Gain inspiration from national and internationally renowned speakers, proven content and from everyone else in the group to build confidence.
Find a new way of developing business relationships and how to build a personal network regionally, nationally and internationally. You will learn how to do this in a way that suits you and your personality and which fits your available time and budget. Your network will support you to gain work and get results.
Work with a mentor who can inspire your work and provide practical advice and support.
Focus on your next career move and be given opportunities to make the most of the major initiatives happening in the region in 2021 and 2022.
Create a personalised action plan to make your career work for you in a way that you feel comfortable to carry out your plan.
What you need to know
Elements of the programme
The programme has a range of types of learning experiences and a range of types of activity as we know that one single approach to learning does not suit everyone. We will work hard in the delivery of the programme to make sure that the pace of learning is right for people who are taking part. All sessions will be delivered to reflect the energy of the group – taking regular breaks from the screen for comfort and other needs.
In the programme you will get:
Some support to use the technology if you need it
A short orientation session
10 half-day sessions of group learning (by Zoom) led by Helga Henry
“How I Did It” sessions – evening talks on Zoom with industry leaders
3 x 1-2-1 career support sessions from Lara Ratnaraja
4 hours mentoring from an industry specialist
A chance to attend the public programme of Masterclasses (held online)
For more details of these elements please see the FAQs
We will also consider other access needs with each participant and work with you individually to find solutions (including using Access to Work) so that you can take part easily and comfortably.
Dates and Time
The programme will run from late August – December 2020 with a number of sessions, in the daytime and evening. The dates and times are set out below. We estimate that there will be a half /one day a week of direct contact time. You may also want to set aside further time for reflection, thinking and recording your thoughts to get the most from the programme, but this is not essential.
Application deadline is midday 12:00 Monday 17th August.
Dates and Times
Please ensure that you are available to attend all the group sessions (marked *) before you apply.
Wednesday 26th August 4pm – 6pm
Group sessions on Zoom*
First session Tuesday 15th September 10.30am to 1.30pm
Thursdays 10.00am to 1.30pm (with regular breaks):
TWO WEEK BREAK
1-2-1 sessions (1 hour)
Flexible timings – booked individually
Sessions held online or on the telephone
3 x 1-2-1 sessions of an hour each at the start, middle and end of the programme (September to December)
Specialist Mentoring 1-2-1
Flexible timings arranged with your mentor
October 2020 onwards – finish by December 2020
How I Did It Speaker Sessions
Sessions throughout programme from September 2020 – December 2020 (about once a month)
Flexible timings which we will fix with the group but likely to be early evening (4pm – 6pm) if that works for the group
6pm – 8pm
(Exact dates depending on speaker availability)
Masterclass 1 – mid-September
Masterclass 2 – mid-October
Masterclass 3 – mid-November
Masterclass 4 – mid-December
Your most frequently asked questions about our programme
About SoniaSonia Boué is an artist. Her multiform work explores home and the domestic as metaphors for exile and displacement. Sonia has a significant body of postmemory work. She is also a writer on autism and art, and a leading consultant for neurodiversity in the arts. She is a Board member for a-n The Artists Information Company and Artist Member for CVAN SE.
The programme includes a number of public online events which will be Masterclasses with leading industry figures.