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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.

5-7 February 2018

Expert advice to Oulu as Candidate City for European Capital of Culture 2026, Finland

Tom Fleming is supporting Oulu as it kick-starts its engagemet and development process to be European Capital of Culture 2026. He will be running a series of workshops and advisory sessions with the City Council and partners as the city scopes its approach.

The city of Oulu is a city of over 200,000 people in the north west of Finland. Once known for wood tar and salmon, Oulu has evolved into a major high-tech centre, particularly in IT and wellness technology. The city is also a major cultural centre, with a growing festival sector and some excellent cultural organisations and infrastructure. The city has played a pioneering role in children's creative education - for which Finland is recognised as a world leader. The city has ambitious plans to develop, grow and innovate across its cultural sector and to play a leadership role in cultural planning at a national and European level.

As expert adviser role to the city's bid, Tom Fleming will be drawing on his experience successfully bidding and delivering programmes for European Capitals of Culture in other parts of Europe.

11th January 2018

A Creative Economy Development Programme and Review for Brazil

At Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) we are excited to be working with the British Council and partners in Brazil on an extensive creative economy programme. We have been invited to carry out an assessment of the profile and dynamics of the creative economy of Brazil; provide international best practice creative economy benchmarking; undertake an evaluation of three creative entrepreneurship programmes; and develop an evaluation framework and guide for ongoing evaluation of entrepreneurship programmes.

The work is supported through the British Council-led Newton Professional Development and Engagement Programme. This supports research and innovation partnerships between countries to facilitate economic development and sustainable growth.

The TFCC team will be working the entrepreneurship programme partners ADESAMPA and Servico Brasileiro de Apoio as Micro e Pequenas Empresas (SEBRAE) on consultations with creative entrepreneurs, development agencies and regional and local governments across five regions of the country: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janero, Alagoas, Pernambuco and Minas Gerais.