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26th - 31st October 2016

Revitalising La Candelaria through arts and culture, Bogota, Columbia

Our Senior Counsultant Andrew Erskine will be in South America as part of a British Council initiative to assist in the regeneration of La Candelaria, the oldest neighbourhood in Bogota. Andrew will deliver a public talk as well as an in-depth session for senior local government officials as part of the BARCU Art Fair concentrating on lessons that can be learned from the UK. La Candelaria is Bogota's foundational neighbourhood. It is populated by Spanish colonial, baroque and art nouveau architecture and it is home to several ministries and government bodies (including the presidency, congress, city hall and justice palace), universities, museums, libraries and the world's largest gold collection. It is also, however, the scene of many of the clashes between FARC and the Government (who have now reached an historic peace agreement).

However, recently there has been a resurgence of bars, galleries, restaurants, design and book shops which have started to attract visitors. Yet Bogotanos haven't built a notable sense of belonging with the neighbourhood. Instead of being proud of its oldest neighbourhood, its history and architecture, Bogotanos don't tend to visit the city centre much and spend their leisurely time in other areas in the north or the outskirts of the city. Several city administrations have tried diverse strategies to aid the resurgence of La Candelaria, with modest success. The current administration (in place since January 1, 2016) has set the restoration of La Candelaria as a cultural, historical, architectural and political landmark as one of its top priorities for the next four years. In parallel, grassroots initiatives are seeking to fulfil the same aims, but focusing on reclaiming the attention of Bogotanos and building their interest in reclaiming this historical site.

BARCU is an artist-led, grassroots project. It includes a contemporary art fair that occupies 14 colonial houses in La Candelaria during a week in October, whose aim is to present the more experimental and upstream production by young, emerging international artists. None of the houses occupied by BARCU (with the exception of the Museum of Bogota) are primarily used for cultural purposes, but the purpose of BARCU is to offer a cultural programme so attractive that Bogotanos will make sure to visit La Candelaria to explore the exciting though emergent cultural life of the neighbourhood.

October 26th 2016

Creative Workspaces - State of the Art - Symposium, Melbourne, Australia

Tom Fleming will be presenting a global overview of creative workspace at this major symposium in Melbourne. It is focused on Collingwood Arts Precinct (CAP), which is a significant new development in the creative space infrastructure of Melbourne. Framed by an on-going partnership between Monash University, Arup and CAP, this symposium brings together international and Australian consultants and policy advisers to explore the role and use of creative space and the potential for CAP to play a major role in Melbourne's cultural and creative ecosystem.

October 15th 2016

Creative and cultural policy making, Warwick University, UK

TFCC Senior Associate Andrew Erskine will be lecturing to students at the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick. Part of a programme of external speakers, he will be talking on the role consultants play in shaping cultural and creative places and the future of creative
Economy policy in the UK.

October 7th 2016

National Arts Perception Study for the National Arts Council, Singapore

TFCC has been commissioned by the Singapore National Arts Council (NAC) on a major study to develop a detailed understanding of how the Singapore arts and cultural landscape is understood, positioned and valued. This will be through two main tools:
- A set of surveys to explore and measure perceptions of Singapore arts and culture from the perspectives of audiences in London, Melbourne, Beijing and Jakarta.
- A programme of interviews with leading arts and cultural experts and opinion-formers in London, Tokyo, New York and Beijing.

This project will build a detailed picture of how Singapore arts and culture is understood, identify opportunities for audience and market development, and build relationships with key partners who can enhance the positioning and performance of Singapore arts and culture in priority cities and nations. These are relationships which can be built on to help shape a successful future for Singapore arts and culture based on a clear and evidence-based understanding of perceptions in key markets. This is particularly important in a complex and rapidly changing global context, with increasing competition across all markets in a sector where perception means everything and competitiveness is dependent on high quality and effectively brokered relationships.
If you would like to contribute to this study, such as by providing your perspectives on Singapore arts and culture, please contact

6th October 2016

A Cultural Strategy for North East Lincolnshire

TFCC has been commissioned to develop a Cultural Strategy for North East Lincolnshire. This presents an excellent opportunity to re-think the role of culture in social and economic development for the key towns of Cleethorpes and Grimsby. Although North East Lincolnshire has a number of important cultural assets, it could be argued that the area's cultural offer has the potential for significant development. There are perceived gaps in provision of performance, museum and exhibition space, and a comparative lack of studio or other production spaces for arts practitioners across the borough. Arts Council England has identified that participation in some cultural activities is below the UK or regional average, and audience development is a particular challenge as a result.

However, the prospects for economic growth in North East Lincolnshire over the next decade are stronger than at any point in its recent past, driven by opportunities in key sectors including offshore wind, ports and logistics and food manufacturing. The Council's Local Plan and Economic Strategy set out ambitious plans for economic and housing growth - but if North East Lincolnshire is to realise its aspirations for growth, it is clear that the 'quality of place' will play a key role in helping to attract and retain businesses, investment and people.

This Strategy will explore how to achieve a major shift in North East Lincolnshire's cultural and leisure offer, including its evening economy, can make a major contribution to this agenda, creating a virtuous circle where more people work, stay, play and invest in the area. Changing external and internal perceptions of North East Lincolnshire will also form an important part of this process.

The Cultural Strategy will be formally adopted by the Council, but the intention is that it will be an inclusive strategy for the whole of North East Lincolnshire's cultural sector; establish consensus between local stakeholders on the overall priorities for action; and provide a framework for collaboration.