Failing to learn - Learning to fail panel event

This panel event, co-hosted by Leeds University Business School and the Cultural Institute will explore the notions of ‘failure’ and whether or not we can learn from failure in arts and culture.

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Failing to Learn, Learning to Fail: Are we allowed to fail in arts, cultural & heritage organisations?

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” - Robert F. Kennedy

Research and business experts acknowledge that failure leads to enhanced learning and ways to better develop the self and organisations. However, with the pressures of funding and meeting expectations of our stakeholders, can we fail? 

The rhetoric of funding and philanthropy programmes as well as the UK government, stresses the need for innovation and trying new and radical ideas to support arts, cultural and heritage; however, in order to do this type of innovation there is always an element of risk and failure.  So how can we be expected to always succeed?

"Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be" - John Wooden

Experts from across the sector will join Fellows of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme to discuss the notion of failure and how we can incorporate this in the learning and fundraising process to better our organisations and work.  

Cannot attend in person?

If you are unable to attend in person, we will have the panel live streamed for up to 100 guests. We will conduct this in two parts:

Event format

17:30 Arrival with networking and refreshments
18:15 Welcome, introduction and panel discussion
19:45 Final thoughts and plan for action
20:00 Networking and refreshments
21:00 Close

For further information, please contact Dr Emilee Simmons at