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28 July 14

Prato as a Creative City - An International Workshop, Prato, Italy

Tom Fleming provided a critical overview of the 'Creative City' and wider 'Creative Economy' narrative. He suggested these narratives are increasingly driven by pure economic development agendas and are not grounded in local engagement, inclusion and sustainable development. Through examples from his work as Creative City Programme Director for Guimaraes, European Capital of Culture 2012, he introduced approaches which embrace cultural practice, participation and co-creation.

Prato is currently reviewing its approach to economic and cultural development through the Prato Futura programme. A city of deep history, of high quality textiles, and increasingly of diversity (with Italy's largest Chinese population outside Milan); Prato is a city undergoing significant change. The challenge is to connect its different assets and build a common purpose for the city which aligns a set of cultural, social and economic elements.

The workshop was set in the Monash University Prato Centre as part of their programme of partnership with the city and its communities.

8 July 14

Centres - Creative Entrepreneurship in Schools: Findings and Futures

The Centres Programme has brought together partners from eight member states (Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, United Kingdom) to explore new approaches to Creative Entrepreneurship in Schools. Led by the British Council (Poland), it has involved a set of pilot projects and knowledge exchange events. Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy acted as learning partners to the programme -which has included the publication of three 'innovation papers' on the importance of creative entrepreneurship in schools.

The final conference for the Programme was held in Brussels in May 2014. A short film featuring Tom Fleming and other partners has been produced - to set out why this agenda matters and what partners intend to do next:

28 June 14

Tom Fleming featured in Vietnamese national press

Tom Fleming has recently returned from a UNESCO-supported study visit to Vietnam. The visit involved consultation to undertake a situation analysis of the visual arts in this fast-changing country. A national newspaper article based on an interview with Tom can be viewed here:

June 14

UNESCO present Tom Fleming's work in Vietnam

Tom Fleming has just returned from a 10 day visit to Vietnam where he was undertaking situation analysis on the country's visual arts sector.

Tom visited leading and emergent galleries and artists, plus art schools and support agencies in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Hanoi. Tom is set to report on his findings - which will be used to inform a long term strategy for the visual arts in Vietnam.

UNESCO's feature on Tom's visit can be viewed here:

June 14

Tom Fleming to Teach at the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, Canada.

The UBC Continuing Studies Centre for Cultural Planning and Development is dedicated to the creation and strengthening of a global community of professionals advancing cultural development as a vital component of successful communities and sustainable growth.

Tom has been asked to teach a module on creative place-making for smaller cities. Commencing in October 2014, Tom will deliver a set of online workshops.