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7th November 2019

Evaluation of Future Art & Culture at South by South West, Austin, USA

TFCC has been commissioned by British Underground to undertake an evaluation of the Future Art & Culture Programme. In 2017, Arts Council England commissioned the British Underground team to design and deliver a major programme of activity at South By South West in Austin, Texas.

SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities.

In order to position the UK as a global leader in the space where art meets tech, Future Art & Culture includes panel discussions on digital innovation in the arts, live performances, and large-scale VR installations.

As well as curating the programme for Arts Council England, British Underground manages participant logistics, business and artist development, SXSW and partner relationships, US PR and marketing, brand development and related production processes.

Our role will be to evaluate the programme over the next three years, working closely with British Underground at SXSW and in the UK to review progress and explore the impact of the programme for artists, strategic partners, and the profile of UK arts and culture.

6th November 2019

Sustainable, Creative Growth for Bulacan Province, Philippines

TFCC has been commissioned by Rosetta Holdings Corporation in the Philippines to develop a creative growth strategy for the Province of Bulacan. Our work will focus on the city of San Jose Del Monte to the edge of Metro Manila. This will be the location for a major new audiovisual and digital cluster for the Philippines.

The cluster will work as an anchor and catalyst to the transformation of San Jose Del Monte to a city that champions creativity as vital to its inclusive and sustainable growth. With the active development of a creative and cultural strategy for the city, we will work to:

- Develop strategic leadership and commitment to culture and the creative economy

- Shape a shared cultural vision for the city

- Set out an action plan to facilitate a programme of sector development activities

- Develop an overarching creative masterplan for the city.

- Establish a clear proposition for San Jose Del Monte to be a UNESCO Creative City. This will include guidance on the key requirements of any bidding process and support with bid-writing.

This project is part of a growing portfolio of work we are developing in the Philippines and East Asia, including several mapping studies, policy consultancy and speaking activities.

29th October 2019

Cultural Strategy in a Box. Anew Study for the Local Government Agency, UK

TFCC has been commissioned with We Made That to develop a Toolkit and set of examplars for place-based cultural strategies. This Cultural Strategy in a Box will provide an overview of good practice and offer advice on effective approaches to consultation, partnership and delivery. It will draw on our work in delivering cultural strategies across the UK and internationally. To date we have delivered cultural strategies in places such as Bristol, Sheffield, Lincolnshire, Swansea, Lancashire, Wiltshire, Bournemouth, Dorset, Kent, West Sussex, Brighton, Eastbourne, Preston, Essex, Norwich, Margate, Tunbridge Wells, West Midlands, Blackpool, Buckinghamshire, Watford, several London Boroughs and many other places.

18th October 2019

Superstar Economy? Art and Cultural Economy in The Digital Era, Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany

Tom Fleming will provide a keynote address in the Runway Stage of the Arts + Pavilion. During the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair, Arts Council Norway is hosting a seminar on the consequences and the politics of digitalization in the arts sector. The term superstar economy refers to a theory that, while digitalization creates opportunities, it also demands vast resources to develop scalable platforms and services.

For Arts Council Norway, this is a debate that needs both a national and a European perspective. This is why they approached Tom Fleming to provide a keynote on major trends for the creative economy across Europe. Following his keynote, Tom has also been asked to facilitate a round table discussion of key arts and cultural agencies from across Norway. This is to explore key strengths and opportunities for developing the cultural and creative economy of Norway. TFCC are advising Arts Council Norway on their approach to investment and partnership across these areas.

3rd October 2019

Local Cultural Development in Islands - Best Practice and Lessons Learned, Malta

Tom Fleming will provide a keynote address at a symposium for the regions and municipalities of Malta. This is a key moment in a wider cultural strategy development process which TFCC is advising on alongside local Maltese partners.

Tom will talk of our experience advising on cultural strategies in island economies and 'peripheries' including Iceland, Madeira, The Faroe Islands and Tasmania. He will reflect on the types of cultural resources available in such contexts and set out some opportunities for Malta.