Amy Shelver was a participant of the 1st edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme.
Amy is an arts consultant and manager specialising in supporting emerging artists and managing international collaborative initiatives. Her experience is in developing and delivering arts projects; strategic business planning; fundraising and financial management for cultural organisations in UK and around the world. She is currently working as a consultant providing strategic fundraising and development support for two organisations: New Contemporaries, a leading organisation supporting emerging artists across UK; and Open School East, an alternative space for artistic learning in Margate; alongside working as an Associate Consultant for international creative consultancy, BOP. Previous positions include Executive Director of Highlight Arts and Deputy Director of Gasworks & Triangle Network, an international grass-roots arts network. She has recently co-authored a chapter on managing cultural exchange between UK and India for Palgrave Macmillan’s Sociology and the Arts series, with fellow GCLP 2016 participant Ruhi Jhunjhunwala. She is also a Trustee of the Poetry Archive.
“Networks and access to creative, inspiring go-getters is fundamental to expanding minds, hearts and experiences – and the Global Cultural Leadership Programme did just that by linking young, driven and diverse creative practitioners on an intense and rewarding programme. In a short space of time, we were all provided the tools to better understand cultural diplomacy, interaction, creative organisational management – neatly coupled with the opportunity to network, connect and make meaningful alliances with people with similar dreams and visions for a more creative world. Building a global network of like-minded creators who have the potential to be collaborators is very difficult, especially for those in the global South, this was a fantastic opportunity to connect to the bigger world and to gain many views on cultural leadership from different people applying different approaches.”
In order to introduce themselves and their organisations, the participants prepared a poster presenting 4 elements – Me, My organisation, My Project and My Dream.