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23rd November 2020

Impact of Brexit on Cultural Relations - Report Launched

Brexit could trigger an artistic hiatus in the UK as cultural organisations struggle with loss of funding and new regulations, according to new research on the consequences of leaving the EU.

A study by researchers at The University of Manchester - undertaken in conjunction with Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy - has predicted that UK cultural organisations will be less likely to commission European artists due to uncertainty over Brexit and its consequences. This will be exacerbated by ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The research found that a lack of clarity on insurance, visas and travel restrictions, paired with potential complications caused by covid-19, could make European collaborations too risky or difficult to organise.

The study found that that EU cultural funding for England has amounted to 40m sterling each year over the past decade, but there are no current plans to make up for this loss of funding after Brexit. More than 1,300 artistic and cultural projects were awarded a total of more than 345m in EU funding between 2007 and 2016, including in leave-voting areas such as Stoke-on-Trent, Great Yarmouth and Middlesbrough.

The report says that arts leaders in these areas will be forced to rely more heavily on the British Council and The Arts Council England if they want to be able to continue offering a diverse cultural programmes. Cultural administrators can also turn to councils for funds, but culture is not seen as a priority by our local authorities. They already spend less on the arts than they do in any other European country, and this situation is unlikely to improve given the financial difficulties councils are facing across the UK.

Faucher found that arts leaders were attempting to develop their own European links, with partnerships between institutions being considered as a way to access EU funds. As well as these new partnerships, the report says there are other potential ways to continue receiving EU funding post Brexit, including opening sister companies in EU states, cooperating at the municipal level between twin towns and cities, bilateral government schemes and partnerships with European cultural organisations such as the Goethe-Institute or the Institut Francais.

TFCC will continue to uncover and report on the impact of Brexit on the arts and cultural sectors of both the UK and Europe. With our new sister company TFCC Europe set to launch in the coming months, we are determined to work harder than ever to build a European cultural sector based on trust, collaboration and tolerance.

2nd - 4th December 2020

CoMuseum 2020 - International Conference on Museums

How do we lead the way out of the crisis with Culture at the centre of recovery? How can we make this recovery consistent with the urgent needs of our environment? How can museums and cultural organisations become catalysts for human equity, freedom of speech and social justice? How can we connect and engage with our audiences without leaving anyone behind in this hyper-engaging and fast-developing digital world? And, finally, how can we best serve our communities, becoming safe spaces for creativity and wellbeing? These are some of the questions that the 10th CoMuseum International Conference 2020 will raise.

Tom Fleming will facilitate the plenary panel and run two workshops at this prestigious event. For the plenary panel, he will guide conversation on cultural leadership in a crisis. Participants are Fleurette P. Karadontis, President, Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, Kassandra Marinopoulou, President and CEO, Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, and Nicholas Yatromanolakis, General Secretary for Contemporary Culture, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Hellenic Republic.

The two workshops will explore how museums can play a formative role in a culture-led recovery. It will engage participating museums to discuss the challenges ahead and how notions of innovation and sustainability will need to shift for museums to play a central and relevant role.

17th November 2020

Keynote at the Jogja Festivals Forum and Expo, Indonesia

Tom Fleming will provide an overview of the role of festivals for the ASEAN creative economy and describe how festivals can mobilise diverse creative talent in cities across the region. Drawing on our research on festivals globally, including a recent evaluation of the British Council Festival Skills Programme, Tom will set out an agenda for festival development in the ASEAN region where festivals are supported to develop stronger networks, exchange and shared approaches to promotion and skills.

Jogja, or Yogyakarta, is a major festivals city in Indonesia. Over the last 7 years, the festivals have come together to form Jogja Festivals, a pioneer for whole-city festival development and coordination.

TFCC will be returning to the region as soon as we can after the Covid-19 crisis, with a new programme of policy and research activities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philip

November 2020

MA Workshop Programme for Moscow School of Social and Economic Science, Russia

Tom Fleming is undertaking a series of 5 workshops for the Moscow School of Social and Economic Science to introduce the core concepts of the cultural and creative industries, creative economy and cultural planning. Each workshop is in partnership with the Creative Industries Agency of Russia, with which TFCC has a longstanding relationship.

Workshops commence with a headline overview of core concepts and policy agendas, before focusing on specific development areas such as creative clusters, urban planning for culture, and inclusive creative economies.

12th and 19th November 2020

School of Museum Leadership, Russia

Tom Fleming is set to deliver two keynote lectures to the School of Museum Leadership. This is an initiative of the Potanin Foundation, facilitated by the Proarte Foundation.

The title of the first lecture is: Turning a Crisis into an Opportunity: Museums as Innovators for Sustainable Cultural Development

The title of the second lecture is: The Open Museum: Empathy, Interaction and Co-creation in a time of profound change.

The lectures will be broadcast across the Russian Federation to a large audience of museum and cultural professionals. They replace a programme of city-based museum masterclasses and workshops, which Tom Fleming was set to deliver in eastern and central Russia before Covid-19 intervened.

The lectures build on our relationship with the Potanin Foundation and Proarte Foundation. Next year we hope to be back in Russia to engage with partners in person.