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12th March 2018

Debate & Provocation #2 'Does Brighton Even Exist?' - How the city uses its creative and cultural sector in its messaging. Brighton, UK

As part of our work supporting the establishment of Brighton's Cultural Framework and the development of a Creative Coast proposition for Greater Brighton, our senior consultant Andrew Erskine will be chairing an evening of provocation and debate for Brighton & Hove Council. Running from 6 - 7.30 PM at the University of Brighton, the event will explore how the internal perception of Brighton can be better married to the external views of potential investors, relocating businesses and visitors.

Brighton & Hove perceives of itself as a hotbed of creative thinkers and do-ers. It is home to one of the most dynamic and innovative cultural sectors in the UK and host to over sixty festivals a year, including the largest annual arts festival in England. Artists and creative companies choose to base themselves there because Brighton & Hove is associated with a liberal, collaborative spirit which fosters creativity. Furthermore, the recent NESTA Creative Nation report cited the city as the place with the most embedded creativity in "non-creative" sectors.

However are these and other perceptions of Brighton matched by the reality of how the city is viewed externally? In an increasingly competitive market for talent and inward investment, does Brighton have a strong, relevant, credible and coherent identity? Is it even on the radar? As one participant at a recent event said "Does Brighton Even Exist?".

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7th March 2018

Creative Coast and Brighton Cultural Framework, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) have been commissioned to develop a Creative Coast value proposition for the Greater Brighton region.

The Creative Coast will be a place strategy which articulates the unique economic, social and cultural strengths of Greater Brighton as a place to live, work, visit an invest in. It will articulate how culture, creative industries and tourism (as well as related sectors including Higher Education) are inter-dependent through their via networks, value chains and locational factors. It will include a sharp focus on the gaps and barriers to success that currently exist for SMEs - such as the challenge of finding affordable workspace. It will relate the importance of Greater Brighton to the wider South East economy, including its unique role in the Coast to Capital LEP area. It will connect with the National Industrial Strategy and the potential place-based industrial strategy. The value proposition will identify investment opportunities and operate as a prospectus for public and private sector investment.

TFCC are also acting as critical friends to the emerging Brighton Cultural Framework, which will set out how best to support Brighton's unique cultural ecology. Brighton is home to one of the most dynamic and innovative cultural sectors in the UK and host to over sixty festivals a year, including the largest annual arts festival in England.

February - March 2018

Cultural Industries and Heritage Speaking Engagements in Kuwait

Our Senior Associate Andrew Erskine is carrying out a series of speaking engagements and meetings as part of a joint venture between British Council and the Kuwait National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL).

The project thus far saw Andrew talk on the creative economy and what it means for artists and young entrepreneurs at the Sadu House - a museum and centre for the promotion of Contemporary Craft. Andrew also lectured students at the American University of Kuwait on the Creative Economy before talking on the future creative, economic and social potential of Failaka Island, a site of unique historical and archaeological value off the coast of Kuwait City.

6th March 2018

2018 Evaluation of Criw Celf for Arts Council Wales, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) is pleased to be once again working with Arts Council of Wales on this years' evaluation of Criw Celf. Run in partnership with schools and galleries, Criw Celf provides young people who have demonstrated a particular talent or potential in the visual and applied arts, the opportunity to develop their artistic skills working alongside professional artists in a variety of gallery and site-specific settings.

This evaluation is part of an ongoing partnership with Arts Council of Wales (ACW). It builds on Criw Celf Evaluation Guide and Toolkit developed by TFCC in 2016. This enables ACW and partners across Wales running Criw Celf programmes to take a more consistent approach to monitoring and tracking the outcomes for young people. TFCC worked with ACW on the analysis and reporting in 2017. This highlighted key Criw Celf successes such as the increasing reach of the programme with more young people involved, increasing and deepening partnerships between arts organisations and schools and improvements in the artistic practice and skills of young people.

This 2018 evaluation will also be looking at how the programme has built on the recommendations from last year to widen access and fully embed a digital approach.

4th March 2018

Cultural Partnership Development for Buckinghamshire, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been commissioned to support Buckinghamshire County Council and partners in developing a new Framework and Strategy for Culture. Our role is to facilitate a short consultation programme with key stakeholders via interviews and a large-scale workshop to be held at Pinewood Studios. We will then develop a draft Cultural Framework and Strategy and test this further a newly formed Cultural Partnership. We will also advise on the preferred model and terms of reference for this Cultural Partnership.

Buckinghamshire does not currently have a cultural strategy or partnership. This is despite having wide-ranging cultural assets such as the Chiltern Hills; distinctive cultural venues located in main towns such as Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Buckingham and Amersham; and a growing cultural and creative industries sector with a prevalence of micro businesses and organisations. The opportunity now is to identify some shared opportunities and build a more coordinated approach to culture and place-making. This includes a focus on culture and health and well-being; the contemporary use of heritage assets; and links with active participation in sport and community.