Launched in 2024, Future Creative Leaders aims to diversify sector-wide cultural leadership through talent development initiatives for young underrepresented creatives.

The programme extends beyond the existing Lighthouse Young Creatives programme, and reimagines the Lighthouse workforce.


Future Creative Leaders (FCL) is a 12-month paid programme. It offers young creatives from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to work closely with Lighthouse's leadership team to explore various aspects of creative leadership.

FCL is funded and supported by Art Fund’s ‘Reimagine Grants’. Over the year, participants will co-curate programmes, select participants for mini-residencies, and recruit their successors, all while exploring alternative governance structures, accountability, and power-sharing.

The programme partners the FCL members with Trustee Buddies, providing them with essential finance and governance training. This mentorship aims to integrate FCL more closely with Lighthouse's Board of Trustees. We hope this will set a precedent for similar organisations across the cultural sector to follow.

Throughout the year, participants will document their governance experience creatively, sharing their insights and learnings with the wider sector. The culmination of their efforts will be showcased during Brighton Festival 2025, offering a platform to highlight the impact and significance of the programme.


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