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12th February 2021

Workshop on EU Cultural Relations After Brexit

Tom Fleming will facilitate a workshop on EU cultural relations after Brexit in partnership with the University of Manchester and Creative Manchester. This is a follow-up to the recent Arts After Brexit report by Dr Charlotte Faucher, to which Tom Fleming played an advisory role.

The workshop will bring together cultural organisations, intermediaries and partnership bodies from across Europe to reflect on future cultural relations and how the sector can work together to overcome the damage caused by Brexit. It will include provocations from Tom Fleming, Charlotte Faucher and leading European cultural relations expert Geoffrey Brown of EUCLID.

4th February 2021

Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Cultural Sector in the West Midlands, UK

TFCC has been commissioned as part of a consortium including Hatch and We Made That to undertake a detailed cultural baseline report for the West Midlands Combined Authority.

The West Midlands is a region with a diverse and distinctive cultural and creative economy which spans innovative micro enterprises and freelancers to excellent cultural infrastructure; and which includes a rich mix of places, emergent clusters and strong networks which, together, have helped establish a coordinated strategic approach to
sector development.

Over years of committed partnership, a level of consensus has been achieved which recognises how all areas of the region benefit from the economic, social and cultural dividends that investment in culture, creative industries and tourism brings. ‘Big ticket’ interventions such as Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021 and Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022, will help the region to catapult its cultural and creative offer to a national and international audience, provide a runway for the region’s creative talent, and generate spillover effects for wider culture-led economic development.

This piece of research will provide the data and intelligence partners need to realise their cultural potential and respond as effectively as possible to the twin challenges of Brexit and Covid-19. It will also build on and connect with our ongoing work to develop a Creative Economy Strategy for Coventry.

25th January 2021

EU regional Cultural Research Programme: Connect Through Culture and Bridging the Gap Museums programme

TFCC has been commissioned by The British Council to undertake two related pieces of research which will inform approaches to sector development in this challenging post-Brexit reality.

The first - Connect Through Culture - will involve engagement with artists and intermediary organisations across Europe to explore the types of support needed for impactful artist mobility. This is in the context of the brutal end to freedom of movement for UK artists and thus a set of new challenges to establish collaborative artistic practice between the UK and other European countries.

The second - Bridging the Gap - will involve engagement with museums and cultural institutes to identify skills and capacity gaps which require strategic attention. This includes skills to develop a sustainable and inclusive museums sector.

The programme will include research and engagement in countries as diverse as Greece, Romania, Norway, Ireland, Portugal, Poland and The Netherlands. TFCC will work closely with the European team at the British Council, based in Brussels; and the Greece office of the British Council.

11th January 2021

Cultural City Profile Research for East Asia

TFCC has been commissioned by The British Council to undertake a major research programme which involves developing a portfolio of cultural profiles of 60 cities across East Asia. We have assembled a consortium of TFCC associates to undertake detailed mapping of the cultural assets of cities in China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. This is with a particular emphasis on 2nd and 3rd tier cities - which have a still emergent international profile.

This project seeks to offer the UK Creative and cultural sector a digital bridge to other lesser known cities to help partners in the UK to appreciate the unique attributes and strengths of cities in East Asia. It is envisaged that the Cultural City Profile online directory will reflect the priority themes of the British Council global arts strategy which directly link to Sustainable Development Goals related to climate and sustainability, inclusion and gender equality.

The British Council would like to encourage
new collaborations aligned with its strategy themes that help to widen the network of international collaboration beyond the tier 1 and 2 cities. This research exercise will facilitate exchange between the UK and cities in East Asia, as well as build knowledge on the distinctive cultural assets and opportunities for the cities in question.

21st December 2020

Multiplier Labs - UK / West Africa Creative & Social Hub Exchange Programme

TFCC has been commissioned alongside the University of the Arts London to design and facilitate an exchange and training programme for creative and social impact hub managers from West Africa and the UK. Led by the British Council, Multiplier Labs aims to build collaborative capacity between the UK and West African creative economy, with a programme of knowledge and skills exchange activities.

We will lead on the design of a knowledge exchange programme where UK and West African hubs will be able to explore their respective models, to learn from one another, and to identify opportunities for future collaboration.

This builds on our work in undertaking research and consultancy across West Africa, as well as our active role in mapping and modelling creative and social impact hubs internationally.