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The Creative Economy: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for the Smaller City, Evora, Portugal

Tom Fleming will provide a keynote address and run a workshop to explore best practice approaches for creative city-making from a smaller city perspective. Tom will introduce ways to turn smallness into an asset - e.g. in terms of the quality of place, trusted partnerships, and the space for creativity. This is as part of a new creative symposium series by the City of Evora as part of its candidacy to be European Capital of Culture in 2027.

29th January 2019

Cultural Strategy and Regional / Local Implementation, Malta

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been commissioned alongside Culture Venture to develop a cultural strategy for the island nation of Malta. The main objective of this EU-funded project is to develop five distinct yet complementary regional cultural strategies for the period 2020-2025 hand-in-hand with Local Councils and Regional
Committees from across this small but diverse nation.

These regional cultural strategies will serve as a communication exercise between the Local Councils and Regional Committees in that the process of jointly and simultaneously drafting these strategies should also serve to reduce duplication of repetition while identifying synergies and complementarities that may be further developed and exploited.

The strategy comes at a pivotal moment for Malta - as it builds on Valetta, European Capital of Culture 2018; and as other parts of the country such as Gozo embark on ambitious clture-led plans.

29th January 2019

Strategy and Partnership - Supporting the Creative Ecosystem. First Chebec Webinar, Evora, Portugal

Tom Fleming will lead a webinar on nurturing creative ecosystems from the Communidade Intermunicipal Do Alentejo Central in Evora. This webinar convenes creative leads from cities such as Bologna, Sarejevo, Aster, Valencia, Barcelona, Lazio, Rhone-Alpes and Provence.

This is as part of an Interreg Mediterranean programme. Tom will lead the discussion and explore the range of ways cities support their distinctive creative ecosystems.

While in Evora, Tom will also be providing advice on the approach for Evora, as a candidate city for European Capital of Culture 2027.

24th January 2019

A Cultural Enquiry for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, UK

Three Councils, two Universities, a LEP, a Symphony Orchestra and a major venue have come together, supported by Arts Council England to develop a long-term vision for Culture at the heart of the newest City Region of the UK.

The leading figures from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils, Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth University, Dorset LEP, Lighthouse Poole and Arts Council England have launched a public Cultural Enquiry.

The Enquiry will look at the role that culture plays and the opportunity for a long-term cultural vision at the heart of communities in the new City Region covering Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole unitary authority, which comes into existence on 1 April 2019.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy have been engaged to undertake the Cultural Enquiry.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England said:

'Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils have an exceptional track record of investing in art and culture, which can be seen through the superb range of creative work produced in the region. ACE is proud to be supporting this long-term vision for the new unitary authority and we look forward to seeing the recommendations made, for the future prosperity of BCP.'

Tom Fleming said:

'We are very excited to be undertaking this Cultural Enquiry on behalf of the partnership. This is a unique opportunity to ensure that culture contributes to improving the quality of life and quality of place. Our engagement process will range from individual interviews to large, open public events. Culture is for everyone and we will ensure that our work captures as broad a spectrum of voices as possible'.

Evaluation of the East Africa Arts Programme for the British Council

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) has been commissioned by the British Council to evaluate the East Africa Arts (EAA) programme. EAA connects young contemporaries in the UK and East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) through a range of arts and creative programmes and exchanges to support individual, social and economic development.

The 16 month evaluation will build on previous EAA evaluations and the wider Art Connects Us evaluation also being carried out by TFCC. The study will provide in depth analysis of the impact of EAA in opening up access and opportunity, developing new skills and knowledge and generating cultural understanding and changing perceptions.

A key element of the evaluation will be building capacity of British Council staff and partners in the creative sector to more effectively monitor and evaluate the impact of their work.