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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.

3rd October 2016

Inclusivity and Ambition: Bristol's Cultural Future, UK

At TFCC we are very excited to be commissioned by Bristol City Council to develop a new Cultural Strategy for the city.

The proposed title for this strategy, Inclusivity and Ambition, succinctly sets out both the opportunities and challenges for Bristol - a city of contrasting narratives:

- It is a leading creative city outside London, with a buoyant creative industries sector and start-up scene, cultural organisations and festivals of international excellence, and distinctive communities of cultural practitioners, activists and pioneers who have generated a sonic and visual culture recognisable across the world.

- It is a city which faces systemic social and economic challenges in many of its neighbourhoods - such as weak productivity, poor educational attainment, limited social mobility, low wages, deprivation, bad health and unsatisfactory housing.

This Strategy will be built on a very immersive and interactive process where we will work across the city with stakeholders from every key sector and in many neighbourhoods. The core challenge will be to identify shared opportunities which connect different communities and inspire new voices to contribute to Bristol's cultural future. This is a key agenda for the city's new Mayor, Marvin Rees who, in his Manifesto, says:

''Our challenge is that while we have a great story to tell, this prosperity is shared by too few people in Bristol''.
Culture here will be understood as inclusive and holistic: it is everyone's to own to contribute and to shape; it is about active participation for all; and about generating many different types of value.

1st October 2016

Eastern European Initiatives Congress, Lublin, Poland

Tom Fleming will present a paper on the decentralisation of cultural capital with a focus on the role of culture-led development in Eastern European cities. The Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress EEIC brings together 17 countries from the Eastern Partnership and European Union, as well as Russian Federation and other European states.

The EEIC works to inspire more effective and sustainable cross-border collaboration, strengthening development cooperation, and stimulating dialogue between local and regional authorities.

TFCC has been very active across Eastern Europe and Russia for 15 years, developing strategies, providing guidance and working to build capacity and expertise in the region. We also have a particular interest in developing the cultural capital of smaller cities such as Lublin, which is seeking to build a more resiliant and balanced economy.