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We’re delighted to offer four funded places on our 2019 HotHouse leadership programmes for anyone working within the cultural or creative sectors.

About the bursaries 

The bursaries are open to anyone working within the creative and cultural industries and especially those looking to develop leadership talent which will help them to nurture the next generation of creative talent. So whether you are a fully-fledged cultural leader wanting to develop your talents before mentoring others, or if you’re an emerging creative talent hoping to make a difference to the sector, this could be the ideal opportunity to hone your talents in a unique and supportive environment.

Three places are funded by Eden’s Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence Award. One is funded by Arts Council England, Cornwall Council and European Structural Investment Funds via the Cultivator project and is reserved for applicants from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

About the programmes 

Our HotHouse programmes, set within the stunning landscapes of the Eden Project, provide a remarkable setting in which to connect deeply with yourself and nature. It is an unrivalled place to learn, from the treetop canopy of the vast indoor rainforest and the citrus groves of the Mediterranean, to the mining shelters and drying caves of the outer estate – you’ll be immersed in a unique global and cultural venue.

The residential programmes run from 5pm on the Monday to lunchtime on the following Friday and include all accommodation, food and training materials during this time. Transport to and from the Eden Project in Cornwall must be covered separately by the applicant.

Programmes available for this round of bursaries, worth £1950 + VAT, are:

Nature of Leadership: 11–15 March 2019

The Nature of Leadership is the HotHouse flagship programme designed for emerging leaders who want to be a force for good in their businesses, organisations, and communities. The programme will take you on a four-day journey into the natural world to access the heart of your passions, talents and dreams. Find out more about this programme.

Women’s Leadership Retreat: 13–17 May 2019 

This transformational experience is facilitated by a female team of local and international experts, including three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Scilla Elworthy. Together, we’ll guide you on a four-day journey into the natural world, aligning your wisdom and power with the purpose of becoming a courageous and authentic leader and change agent. Find out more about this retreat.

Who can apply

The bursaries are open to anyone working in the creative or cultural industries aged 18 or over. Eden Associates and professional partners, current and former Eden staff and families are also welcome to apply, but must declare their affiliation. The recipient of the Cultivator-funded bursary will need to be registered as a Cultivator client. 

How to apply

Applications for Cultural Leadership Bursaries are open until midnight 31 October 2018. To apply please email by the deadline, including the following:

  • Your name, age, identified gender and your current address or addresses. If resident in Cornwall please let us know if you are a registered Cultivator client and therefore eligible to apply for that bursary.
  • A description of you, your organisation (if appropriate), why you would like to do the programme and why you think you should be awarded one of the 4 bursaries (400 words maximum) – this can be accompanied by an image.
  • Your preferred programme: Nature of Leadership 11–15 March 2019 or the Women’s Retreat 13–17 May 2019.
  • Any links about you, your work or organisation online (if relevant.)

Applications will be reviewed by an advisory panel and successful applicants will hear back from us on or before 16 November 2018. We regret that we are not able to contact or offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.