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25th October 2017

A Cultural Strategy for the London Borough of Sutton, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy will develop a new cultural strategy for Sutton, a Borough in south London.

For this strategy to be a success, it must identify how Sutton can benefit from the advantages that being part of London brings: a young and hyper-diverse population, an openness and tolerance other parts of the UK lack, significant numbers of educated affluent knowledge workers, global connectivity and networks, high visitor numbers, potential to access philanthropy, strong creative industries and dynamic cross-overs between sectors.

At the same time it shares the disadvantages of London including high levels of inequality and pockets of deprivation, the pricing out of artists and other creatives, the lack of space for creative experiment and performance, as well as the threat that Brexit and continued austerity brings to a fragile creative ecology.

25th October 2017

Culture for Cities and Regions Final event, Ghent, Belgium

The Culture for Cities and Regions final event will take place alongside the EUROCITIES culture forum in Ghent. The event will focus on the findings of the Culture for Cities and Regions Programme and will be an opportunity for members and external cities and regions to learn from each other and from experts including Tom Fleming.

Tom will run a workshop on different approaches to investment and partnership for culture in cities. This will draw on his experience as an expert to the programme and in his wider work advising cities and undertaking research in this field.

Culture for Cities and Regions is a three year pilot programme led by EUROCITIES and KEA. It is a European Commission initiative funded by the Creative Europe programme to support cities and regions in making sound investments in culture.

Tom Fleming has been a lead expert to the programme, undertaking consultancy exercises in Oulu, Sofia, and Vilnius. The programme has been very impactful for participating cities, helping to build confidence, expertise and new types of partnership. It also provides a rich resource of case studies for other cities seeking to maximise their cultural resources.

22nd October 2017

A Creative Economy and Cultural Plan for Evora and Alentejo, Portugal

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is working with Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovacao to develop a creative economy strategy and cultural plan for this distinctive part of Portugal.

Our role is to develop international best practice case studies of smaller cities and rural areas which have successfully developed a culture-led approach to economic and social development. This includes a focus on the spillover effects to tourism. We will also be staging a programme of consultations to explore the main opportunities for culture-led change in the region.

Evora is a small city with rich heritage which is undergoing rapid change as its economy diversifies and tourism increases. The Alentejo is a stunning rural region with a growing reputation as a cultural tourism destination and centre for gastronomy.

20th October 2017

London Legacy Development Corporation Combined Economy Study, London, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is part of a team led by Regeneris undertaking a new Combined Economy Study for the east London districts of Stratford, Hackney Wick, Fish Island and the wider Olympic Park.

Our focus is on the role of the cultural and creative industries in the transformation of the area since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We are also focusing on the night-time economy and its role as part of the creative offer in nurturing a dynamic, inclusive and sustainable economy.

Formed in April 2012, the purpose of the LLDC is to use the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of the London 2012 Games and the creation of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to develop a dynamic new heart for east London, creating opportunities for local people and driving innovation and growth in London and the UK.

20th October 2017

Partner, investor, champion: a review of the role of Arts Council England in creative placemaking

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, working with Catherine Bunting, is undertaking a piece of research for Arts Council England (ACE) to explore its role in placemaking.

ACE has a powerful story to tell about its work in towns, cities and rural areas across England. For many years ACE has helped to create high quality cultural infrastructure and opportunities for people to experience the arts through its regular funding of National Portfolio Organisations and strategic investment in capital development; through targeted schemes such as Creative People & Places, the Cultural Destination Fund and the Creative Local Growth Fund; and through its day-to-day work championing arts and culture at local level and developing and embedding local partnerships.

Particularly significant is the relationship with local government. Where this works best, ACE regional offices and local authorities are close partners in local cultural strategy development and planning and co-investors in the local cultural offer.

Parts of this story are well known, but ACEis yet to provide an overarching account of its place-based work and partnerships. This research will help to do so.