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13 November 15

Three Sisters Shortlisted for European Capital of Culture 2020

Exciting news! Three Sisters is a partnership of the three cities and counties of South East Ireland (Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny), which are collectively bidding to be European Capital of Culture 2020. After an intensive year of bid development, culminating in the submission of the Bid Book and presentation to a jury of European cultural experts, Three Sisters has been shortlisted.

Tom Fleming worked as lead bid adviser to Three Sisters. This involved supporting vision development, partnership working, engagement activities, and bid formulation.

Shortlisting status means the Three Sisters have until next summer to develop a high quality final bid which successfully competes with the other shortlisted cities of Galway and Limerick. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for the region and the next six months will thrust culture centre stage in economic and social development agendas.

12-14 November 15

Creative and Cultural Industries Masterclass, Estonian Business School, Tallinn, Estonia.

Tom Fleming will deliver three lectures and workshops to the Estonian Business School. It will focus on the overall global picture for creative industries policy development and investment. This will include a focus on key policy areas such as education and skills, investment, workspace, clusters and place.

Tom's course is part of a new Creative Business MA at the Estonian Business School. It builds on a long-term relationship with policy development in Estonia, including our work to develop the 'Tallinn Manifesto on Creative Entrepreneurship' in 2011-12.

11 November 15

Data & Evidence and Definitions. (Re)Positioning culture and creativity in Iceland. Keynote Speech, Reykjavik, Iceland.

A keynote speech by Tom Fleming on how we understand and position the cultural and creative sectors in a wider economic and social development context. This includes how we define and measure the sectors, how we benchmark and evaluate, and how we develop a clear and distinctive value proposition for sector investment.

Tom is in Reykjavik on the invitation of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Iceland. The symposium forms a key component of a new post-crisis policy development process for Iceland - as the country seeks to establish a new strategic narrative for culture and a distinctive approach to the creative industries.

1 November 15

A Business Plan for Jamaica's Creative Industries

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica, PIOJ, to undertake the Development of a Business Plan for Jamaica's Creative Industries. This project will run with the support of sector specialist Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, and Jamaica-based experts Shelley-Ann Morgan and Simone Harris.
This is an important piece of work for the development of a vibrant, sustainable cultural economy in Jamaica. This work will involve in-depth sector analysis through onsite visits, workshops and discussions, helping to identify key barriers and opportunities for growth. We connect and develop key industry drivers across Jamaica to deliver a Business Plan which focuses on long-term sustainability and market growth with some straightforward short- and medium term priorities.

26 October 15

Creative Spillovers Report - Launched

Our report sets out a preliminary evidence review of the spillover effects of public investment (public money awarded directly or indirectly by government) in the arts, culture and creative industries in Europe. It was commissioned by an international consortium consisting of the Arts Council England (ACE), Arts Council of Ireland, European Centre for Creative Economy (ecce), European Cultural Foundation and Creative England. These five funding partners were joined in the research project by the European Creative Business Network (ECBN) and 13 expert research partners drawn from across Europe to establish a critical community of interest.

The main focus of study is analysis of an evidence library - helping us to better understand approaches to the measurement of spillover effects.