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12th June 2017

Vision narrative and benefits analysis for a new library, museum, archives and art gallery, Doncaster, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to produce the vision narrative and benefits analysis for a new build library, museum, archives and art gallery in the South Yorkshire market town.

The proposed new building will be a cornerstone for the Cultural Quarter area of regeneration. The purpose of our work is to create a narrative which will help generate greater understanding among key partners as to what the building will do, how it will look and feel, and the way it inter-operates with other cultural venues and programmes.

We will be looking carefully at other successful new developments and the lessons that can be learned to ensure that Doncaster gets the maximum economic, cultural and social benefit it can from a multi-million investment in a new facility. The new building, providing for the first time a home for the archives as well as replacing the now dated gallery and library buildings, will help ensure the continued revival in the town, exemplified by the Cast Theatre which opened in 2013.

7th-9th June 2017

Coaching on culture and creativity in city-making, Oulu, Finland

Tom Fleming is in Oulu as an expert coach to the city as part of the Culture for Cities and Regions programme. This is a major collaborative research and development programme to explore the role of culture in city and regional development across Europe. Led by Eurocities and funded by the Creative Europe programme, the programme involves the development of best practice case studies, knowledge exchange and professional development in culture-led cities and regions.

Tom will work with Oulu to explore culture-led regeneration, cultural planning and creative industries development. He will identify options for long-term culture-led development and explore how the city can work from its distinctive strengths as a mid-sized northern European city.

Tom Fleming is one of four specially commissioned expert coaches. In 2017 this involves a coaching role in cultural policy and the creative industries for the cities of Angers (France), Loule (Portugal) and Oulu (Finland).

6th June2017

The Regional Opportunities and Challenges for Plus Tate, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed by Tate to carry research into the regional context, challenges and opportunities for 35 Plus Tate galleries - some of the UK's most important visual arts institutions. Plus Tate supports galleries across the UK by enabling the exchange of ideas, knowledge, skills and resources as well as programmes of activity and the sharing of collections and tours.

This research will further the aims of Plus Tate by mapping the local context, challenges and opportunities faced by members at a time when core public funding for the arts at a local level continues to be squeezed.

While all 35 organisations have a national and international reach, they are very much rooted in their local places and communities. This research will produce a narrative which sets out how despite the difficulties of the current climate, members can adapt and thrive through further research, partnership, collaboration, alternative forms of investment, new business models and more.

The first draft of the research will be shared with members at the Plus Tate Conference in July in Middlesborough.

19th May 2017

Keynote speech at Create IT, Minsk, Belarus

Our senior consultant Andrew Erskine will be keynoting at this major event, organised as part of the EU Programme for Culture and Creativity. The event, Creative IT, is meeting place for new technologies, culture and creative industries. It will offer a visionary outlook on how digital technology is shaping the culture and creative industries of tomorrow. This includes a focus on VR, AR and big data.

Andrew will be talking on the future for the Creative Industries and sharing our findings from the Digital Arts and Culture Accelerator for Nesta and Arts Council England. He will also be running a practical session on cultural management in a digital age with Belarussian digital agency Pocket Rocket.

8th May 2017

Investment Readiness in Arts and Culture: What have we learnt? London, UK.

Tom Fleming will provide a summary of lessons learned through our evaluation of the Digital Arts and Culture Accelerator for Nesta and Arts Council England. This event is a chance to reflect on the opportunities for arts and culture organisations to develop ventures and seek investment.

The event will examine the current investment landscape for arts and cultural organisations and the structures, mechanisms and programmes that support this. It will explore the future trajectory of opportunities and interventions in this space.