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1st-3rd March 2019

Mastering Evaluation in Culture - a Workshop Programme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our Research and Evaluation Executive, Tracey Gregory, is leading a series of workshops in Kuala Lumpur introducing the principles and practicalities for effective arts and cultural impact evaluation. This is as part of the Academy for the Cultural Economy led by CENDANA, the Cultural Economy Development Agency. This builds on our work with CENDANA, developing an evaluation framework and tools to measure the impact of this relatively new organisation, launched in 2017 to deliver on the Creative Blueprint for Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley.

The Creative Blueprint, also led by TFCC in association with My Performing Arts Agency, was a landmark study of the creative economy of the largest city and conurbation in Malaysia involving detailed mapping to establish a creative industries baseline; extensive sector consultation to explore the opportunities and barriers to growth; and an advocacy programme to build policy commitment.

The Creative Economy: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for the Smaller City, Evora, Portugal

Tom Fleming will provide a keynote address and run a workshop to explore best practice approaches for creative city-making from a smaller city perspective. Tom will introduce ways to turn smallness into an asset - e.g. in terms of the quality of place, trusted partnerships, and the space for creativity. This is as part of a new creative symposium series by the City of Evora as part of its candidacy to be European Capital of Culture in 2027.

29th January 2019

Cultural Strategy and Regional / Local Implementation, Malta

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been commissioned alongside Culture Venture to develop a cultural strategy for the island nation of Malta. The main objective of this EU-funded project is to develop five distinct yet complementary regional cultural strategies for the period 2020-2025 hand-in-hand with Local Councils and Regional
Committees from across this small but diverse nation.

These regional cultural strategies will serve as a communication exercise between the Local Councils and Regional Committees in that the process of jointly and simultaneously drafting these strategies should also serve to reduce duplication of repetition while identifying synergies and complementarities that may be further developed and exploited.

The strategy comes at a pivotal moment for Malta - as it builds on Valetta, European Capital of Culture 2018; and as other parts of the country such as Gozo embark on ambitious clture-led plans.

29th January 2019

Strategy and Partnership - Supporting the Creative Ecosystem. First Chebec Webinar, Evora, Portugal

Tom Fleming will lead a webinar on nurturing creative ecosystems from the Communidade Intermunicipal Do Alentejo Central in Evora. This webinar convenes creative leads from cities such as Bologna, Sarejevo, Aster, Valencia, Barcelona, Lazio, Rhone-Alpes and Provence.

This is as part of an Interreg Mediterranean programme. Tom will lead the discussion and explore the range of ways cities support their distinctive creative ecosystems.

While in Evora, Tom will also be providing advice on the approach for Evora, as a candidate city for European Capital of Culture 2027.

24th January 2019

A Cultural Enquiry for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, UK

Three Councils, two Universities, a LEP, a Symphony Orchestra and a major venue have come together, supported by Arts Council England to develop a long-term vision for Culture at the heart of the newest City Region of the UK.

The leading figures from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils, Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth University, Dorset LEP, Lighthouse Poole and Arts Council England have launched a public Cultural Enquiry.

The Enquiry will look at the role that culture plays and the opportunity for a long-term cultural vision at the heart of communities in the new City Region covering Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole unitary authority, which comes into existence on 1 April 2019.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy have been engaged to undertake the Cultural Enquiry.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England said:

'Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils have an exceptional track record of investing in art and culture, which can be seen through the superb range of creative work produced in the region. ACE is proud to be supporting this long-term vision for the new unitary authority and we look forward to seeing the recommendations made, for the future prosperity of BCP.'

Tom Fleming said:

'We are very excited to be undertaking this Cultural Enquiry on behalf of the partnership. This is a unique opportunity to ensure that culture contributes to improving the quality of life and quality of place. Our engagement process will range from individual interviews to large, open public events. Culture is for everyone and we will ensure that our work captures as broad a spectrum of voices as possible'.