Culture Reset: An urgent programme to reimagine the future of arts and culture

CULTURE RESET is a practical rapid response programme to inspire more relevant and impactful cultural organisations and practices.

Born out of the devastating impact of Covid-19 and inspired by the urgent need to accelerate change and respond to the experiences of a broader diversity of people, it will provide expert support and dynamic stimulus for 192 arts and cultural producers, makers and directors across the UK.

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Thursday 9 July

Posted: 07/01/2020

We’re looking to recruit cultural workers who care about the wider sector in which they work, and who want to play a part in its transformation. This is about supporting a fundamental reset, and we’re looking to support a movement that contributes to that change.

Participation is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and open to the full range of the cultural sector. We want to hear from arts producers, museum and gallery curators, theatre makers, artistic directors, festival producers, library managers, literary editors, musicians, visual artists, choreographers, composers, writers – anyone with the agency to commission and create cultural experiences.

A total of 192 funded places are available (thank you Gulbenkian Foundation) – valued at £500 each – plus access support for anyone requiring additional support to take part.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from people working outside of major urban centres, from those from or working with under-represented communities, from creatives and producers of colour, from people working in contexts beyond the formal, or with artists and forms that are outside of the scope of funded activity, and from disabled and D/deaf creatives.

Applicants may be furloughed, freelance, currently unemployed or working full or part time within an organisation.

Find out more and download the application pack here. 

In the pack you will find the links to the online application form and equal opportunities form. The application process has been kept as simple as possible – no references or supporting documents required.

Applications can be submitted online via google form or by recording your responses to the application questions on video and sending via WeTransfer to

To be considered for a place in the programme you must be:

  • a UK resident aged at least 18yrs
  • involved in cultural production
  • available for a four-week intensive (up to 10 hours a week) either:
    • 20 July – 14 August 2020
    • 17 August – 11 September 2020
  • You will be committed to bringing your knowledge and experience to the programme and to actively sharing the impact of the programme with your organisation and networks.

You will be ready to:

  • Actively participate in the peer-learning intensive (We estimate 3hrs per week for workshops and 5–7 hours per week research/listening/reading time);
  • Share your findings and knowledge with colleagues, networks and organisations during and on the completion of the intensive;
  • Take advantage of the full summer programme of talks, podcasts and coaching – we suggest a minimum commitment of 1-2 hours per week outside of the intensive period.

Read more about the programme and apply online

"Just to say a huge thanks ... I am looking forward to progressing with this project thanks to your support, advice and guidance"

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