19 January 2007: Arts Council announces Jerome Hynes Fellowship for Future Cultural Leaders 2007/2008

The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealáion has announced that the application window is now open for the Jerome Hynes Fellowship, an award that aims to develop outstanding cultural leaders for Ireland.

The Fellowship is an initiative of the UK-based Clore Leadership Programme, which annually attracts in the region of twenty-five exceptional individuals who have the potential to play a significant role across a wide range of cultural activity. The total value of the Fellowship is approximately €70,000 (i.e. €50,000 from the Arts Council and Stg£15,000 from Clore).

The recipient of the Jerome Hynes Fellowship will take part in a year-long programme commencing in September (the programme may also be undertaken over a longer period). The programme includes two intensive residential leadership courses; professional development through mentoring, tuition and group learning; an in-depth research project, supervised by a Higher Education Institute; and a period of secondment, including experience of managing a challenging project.

Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council, said: “We are delighted to be involved with this award in conjunction with the Clore Leadership Programme, which has the excellent aim of nurturing a new generation of cultural leaders for Ireland. It is our hope that the example of Jerome Hynes will inspire the recipients of the Fellowship that has been named in his honour to be just as bold and passionate in their contribution to the development of the arts in Ireland.”

The 2007/8 award-winner will be following in the footsteps of current Jerome Hynes Fellow, Fiona Kearney, Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork, who said, “the Arts Council’s support of the Fellowship recognises the value of cultural leadership in the development of the arts and has given me the ability to advance my knowledge and experience among an inspiring group of peers. Also, the Clore Leadership Programme has guided me with both the big picture of visionary thinking, and the necessary detail of management skills, and continues to challenge and support me through an ongoing period of reflection and change.”

The first Arts Council/Clore Fellow 2005/6 was Fearghus Ó’Conchúir, a dancer and choreographer.

The closing date for applications for the Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme is Monday 19 February 2007. The name of the Fellow will be announced in June.

For further information, contact the Clore Leadership Programme on + 44 (0)20 7420 9430.


Issued by: Joe Stuart,
Press Officer,
Arts Council,
Tel. 01 618 0235.

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