Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

The Art of Governance

16 May 2023 @ 10:30 am 5:00 pm

Learn and understand the key responsibilities and best practice in cultural governance

Course Overview

With continuing reductions in public funding, post-Covid changes and an increasingly insecure world, the challenges for Boards of cultural organisations are greater than they have ever been. It is essential that Board members are properly equipped to fulfill their role in setting a strategic overview, helping to develop sustainable business models and giving full support to senior staff. The day will address the following questions and outline current best practice in cultural governance.

How do volunteer Board members fulfill their duty of overseeing complex organisations?

What is the role of the Board in artistic planning and risk?

How do Boards ensure that they are properly diverse?

What is the role of the Board in income generation?

Suitable For:

  • Chairs and Board Members both new and experienced of cultural organisations and senior staff who work with them.

Course Outline

This is an interactive day using group work with opportunities to learn and share from each other, as well as from the Course Tutor, an expert in governance who has worked as an executive and non-executive in a range of cultural organisations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the key responsibilities of a trustee/board member
  • Have a good understanding of best practice in cultural governance
  • Be equipped for the future, with some insight into the likely challenges ahead for the sector
  • Gain greater confidence in governing and/or supporting the governance of arts organisations

Prue Skene has wide experience of governance both from the executive side (as Executive Director of Ballet Rambert and the English Shakespeare Company) and through sitting on and chairing a number of arts Boards. She is Head Governance Associate of Clore Leadership and regularly delivers a programme of Board away and training days to a large variety of cultural organisations.


This is a hybrid course. The trainer will be attending in-person at Rose Street. There are a number of tickets available to attend in-person and a number of live online places available for those who can’t attend in-person.

EARLYBIRD – UK Theatre & SOLT Members can book before 12 April 2023*

Refunds and Cancellations

You can cancel up until 10 working days prior to the course, and receive a full refund (not including Eventbrite Fee’s, which are non-refundable). Any cancellations after this will not be refunded, but tickets can be transferred to a future course up to one year later. For full terms, please see the section below.

Terms and Conditions

By registering for this course, you agree that you have read and agree to our Terms and Conditions. Read the Terms and Conditions.

Accessibility Information

If you are attending in-person, please visit the UK Theatre Accessibility page on our website for detailed information.

  • Attendees who require a Carer or Personal Assistant to accompany them on the course can book a free Carer ticket by emailing events@soltukt.co.uk.
  • Ramp access at ground floor level (there is otherwise one step into the building).
  • Reception and conference rooms are located on the first floor of the building. This can be accessed by the lift or via 25 stairs. Accessible toilets are available on the first and second floors.
  • Assistance Dogs welcome throughout the building and to all events – the nearest park is Jubilee Gardens (by Embankment tube station – a 7 minute walk).
  • Hearing loop systems are available in the meeting and conference rooms.
  • Regular breaks will be scheduled throughout the day.
  • If you are attending online, closed captions will be enabled on screen.

Please email events@soltukt.co.uk if you have any additional access needs or questions.


16 May 2023
10:30 am – 5:00 pm


UK Theatre

SOLT & UK Theatre

32 Rose Street
London, England WC2E 9ET United Kingdom
+ Google Map