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Culture& x Sotheby’s Institute of Art Cultural Leaders Programme

Diversifying the future leadership of the art world through education

In autumn 2023, Culture& and Sotheby’s Institute of Art launched a new fully funded scholarship programme, designed to empower and nurture the next generation of diverse leaders in the contemporary art world. The Cultural Leaders Programme, the first of its kind in the UK, brought together the considerable experience and cultural networks of the two organisations. Three exceptional scholars were recruited, their enthusiasm, drive and commitment shone thorough during the selection process and we wish them every success in their studies and beyond. 

Sotheby’s Institute of Art has committed to a 100% fee waiver for three scholarships over a three-year period (nine students in total) to enable the scholars to pursue one of the Institute’s prestigious one-year, full-time Master’s programmes: 

In addition, each scholar will receive a bursary to cover the cost of living in London so that those selected for the programme can fully focus on the educational experience and benefit from all this opportunity has to offer. 

We are grateful to the following Founding Supporters who have generously contributed to the 2023/24 Cultural Leaders Programme:  

Law Family Charitable Foundaiton 

Alain and Vanessa Defise 


Bimpe Nkontchou

Culture& x Sotheby’s Institute of Art are currently looking for bursary supporters for students joining in September 2024 and beyond – like-minded individuals, foundations and companies who share our vision for creating change in the art world and believe in the necessity of this initiative to help provide funding for cost-of-living bursaries for the selected Cultural Leaders. 

If you are interested in supporting the Cultural Leaders Programme and would like to receive our supporters’ brochure please contact: 

Janine Catalano | Director of Strategic Partnerships at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.


Angela Billings | Development Director, Culture&


The first cohort of Scholars started on the programme in September 2023 and are currently completing their studies.

Applications for the 2025/26 cohort of Scholars will open in March 2025.

Further details about the MA courses can be found on the  Sotheby’s Institute of Art website.

£25,000 amounts to a full bursary, however donations of any size make a real difference.

If you have issues with using the online donations form below, please download the donation form.

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