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29 June 15

Evaluation of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts England

We have been appointed as the evaluators of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts England - a strategic partnership between the Arts Council, Nesta and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) that supports new collaboration and experimentation between art organisations, digital technologies and academic researchers. Our work will provide the partners with an assessment of the effectiveness of the programme in enabling the use of digital technology to explore and build new business models and enhance audience reach for arts organisations. It will also identify learning points of relevance to arts organisations across the country.

This builds on our previous role as the evaluators and learning partners to the Digital R&D Fund in Scotland, which tested digital propositions around audience reach and engagement and new business models.

24 June 15

Lewisham opens three new business hubs based on TFCC feasibility study

We are pleased to inform that our work as advisors for Lewisham Council has resulted in the development of three business incubation hubs, which will open in early 2016. As the appointed consultants in 2014, we carried out the feasibility study and set out the strategic guidelines for the development of these creative enterprise hubs.

The largest hub will be located in Catford - reusing the vacant fifth floor of the former Town Hall. A new creative workspace centre will also be created on the 4th floor of the Town Hall building. The two smaller hubs will be located in the former Ladywell Leisure Centre, Lewisham, and in the Deptford Lounge, Deptford. The spaces themselves will be designed by Studio Tilt, one of the leading design practices for co-working spaces.

This project is a supporting initiative for Lewisham Council's 'Business Growth Strategy 2013-2023' to develop and improve the opportunities for creative and knowledge-based enterprise clusters in town centres and transport hubs.

Applications for registering interest in Lewisham's enterprise hubs can be filled in here

23 June 15

Tom Fleming featured in Projeto Draft feature on the Brazilian creative economy

Projeto Draft, a prominent creative entrepreneurship website in Brazil, has just published its latest article "Why Brazil is not yet a Silicon Valley", which explores the current profile of Brazil's creative economy and its barriers to and opportunities for business growth. Tom Fleming contributed to this article and, with a special focus on creative entrepreneurship, workspaces, public policy and international best practice, he helped to identify a set of key recommendations that could help ensure the growth of a resilient, sustainable and cooperative sector open to new business.

The full article, in Portuguese, can be read here:

24-26 June 15

4th South-East Asian Creative Cities Conference: Authentic Cities, Cebu, Philippines

Andrew Erskine, our senior consultant, will be speaking at this major event for the South-East Asian Creative Economy. The theme of the event is "Authenti-Cities: Identity and Unity in Diversity." This is under the jurisdiction of the Creative Cebu Council and the DTI-Cebu. Partner councils are Creative Chiangmai, BCCF Bandung, and ThinkCity Penang.

On the invitation of the Asia Europe Foundation, Andrew will explore the dynamics of creative city networks and collaborations across Europe. He will introduce examples of best practice as well as the challenges of effective city to city working. This will include an introduction to our work in developing and facilitating city networks. He will also draw on our experience in South East Asia and identify opportunities for Asia-Europe exchange.

24-26 June 15

The Potential of Cultural and Creative Sectors in the Eastern Partnership Countries: Connect, Develop, Invest. Chisinau, Moldova

Tom Fleming will provide a keynote to this high level conference hosted by the European Commission and Ministry of Culture of Moldova. The conference is organised under the framework of the Eastern Partnership Platform 4 'Contacts between people'. It aims to stimulate debate on the potential and challenges of the cultural and creative sectors in the Eastern Partnership countries of Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

A key aim is to develop cross-sector networks between the Eastern Partners and EU member states, with a focus on facilitating ecosystems of creative entrepreneurship, cultural activity and creation.