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29-30 July 14

Cultural Economy Network Workshop Programme, Prato, Italy

The Cultural Economy Network brings together leading experts and academics from every continent to set new agendas in cultural policy-making. It builds on the 2005 UN Convention Diversity of Cultural Expressions (and the subsequent UNESCO Programme where Tom Fleming is an appointed expert) and seeks to ensure creative industries and creative economy agendas do not focus merely on he high growth and mot commercially facing parts activities. Tom is one of 20 CEN colleagues, all working to share knowledge and build a consensus that local cultural development matters and that the 'cultural economy' is far more effective than the 'creative economy' if we are to ensure approaches are inclusive, sustainable and fair.

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: