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22nd October 2017

A Creative Economy and Cultural Plan for Evora and Alentejo, Portugal

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is working with Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovacao to develop a creative economy strategy and cultural plan for this distinctive part of Portugal.

Our role is to develop international best practice case studies of smaller cities and rural areas which have successfully developed a culture-led approach to economic and social development. This includes a focus on the spillover effects to tourism. We will also be staging a programme of consultations to explore the main opportunities for culture-led change in the region.

Evora is a small city with rich heritage which is undergoing rapid change as its economy diversifies and tourism increases. The Alentejo is a stunning rural region with a growing reputation as a cultural tourism destination and centre for gastronomy.

20th October 2017

London Legacy Development Corporation Combined Economy Study, London, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is part of a team led by Regeneris undertaking a new Combined Economy Study for the east London districts of Stratford, Hackney Wick, Fish Island and the wider Olympic Park.

Our focus is on the role of the cultural and creative industries in the transformation of the area since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are also focusing on the night-time economy and its role as part of the creative offer in nurturing a dynamic, inclusive and sustainable economy.

Formed in April 2012, the purpose of the LLDC is to use the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of the London 2012 Games and the creation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to develop a dynamic new heart for east London, creating opportunities for local people and driving innovation and growth in London and the UK.

20th October 2017

Partner, investor, champion: a review of the role of Arts Council England in creative placemaking

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, working with Catherine Bunting, is undertaking a piece of research for Arts Council England (ACE) to explore its role in placemaking.

ACE has a powerful story to tell about its work in towns, cities and rural areas across England. For many years ACE has helped to create high quality cultural infrastructure and opportunities for people to experience the arts through its regular funding of National Portfolio Organisations and strategic investment in capital development; through targeted schemes such as Creative People & Places, the Cultural Destination Fund and the Creative Local Growth Fund; and through its day-to-day work championing arts and culture at local level and developing and embedding local partnerships.

Particularly significant is the relationship with local government. Where this works best, ACE regional offices and local authorities are close partners in local cultural strategy development and planning and co-investors in the local cultural offer.

Parts of this story are well known, but ACEis yet to provide an overarching account of its place-based work and partnerships. This research will help to do so.

19th - 20th October 2017

Tom Fleming to Chair Arts & Science Roundtable at International Nanotechnology Lab Summit 2017, Braga, Portugal

At this major summit in northern Portugal, scientists, politicians, economists and artists will discuss the various applications of nanotechnology: for our way of life, our wellbeing and our economy.

Tom Fleming will chair a session which explores the convergence of art, science and technology. With speakers selected by Tom from Brazil, Singapore, South Korea, Portugal and Germany; the presentations and discussion will introduce practical and strategic examples of how creativity is powering technological advancement.

17th October - 1st November 2017

Workshop Programme: Creative Economy and Cultural Planning - The Smaller City Perspective, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Undoubtedly, cities which harness a strong, resilient and innovative creative economy are likely to be more successful overall: they are probably more open, collaborative, connected and confident. They are also more likely to be big cities, with economies of scale, world class education institutions, capacity and existing brands. But, the global economic crisis has mobilized people to think and act locally and to go for quality and distinctiveness; to reconceptualise growth; and to even perhaps slow down. Plus the pervasiveness of digital technology opens up opportunities to participate (culturally and economically) in many more places.

Perhaps then the time has come for the creative smaller city?

This workshop programme led by Dr Tom Fleming combines wider analysis and commentary on agendas for creative city-making with case studies and perspectives from smaller cities. It re-orientates the creative city narrative and ask whether smaller cities can start to think big.