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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.

1-12 June 14

A Visual Arts Strategy for Vietnam

Tom Fleming is set to travel to Vietnam for a two week programme of consultation and policy discussion on the country's visual arts sector. This is as part of Tom's role as UNESCO expert on the cultural and creative industries. This - the 6th strategy visit to Vietnam in 2.5 years - will explore the current profile and dynamics of the visual arts sector in Vietnam. It forms part of Tom's role advising on the overall Cultural Industries Strategy for Vietnam.

The visual arts are particularly vibrant in Vietnam - with a strong tradition of artistic practice and a burgeoning contemporary scene. However, the market for visual arts is under-developed, censorship still holds back many artists, and too few artists have the management and entrepreneurial skills to balance against their creative skills.

Tom's work is in support of a UNESCO programme to ensure the 2005 UN Convention on Diversity of Cultural Expressions is effectively delivered. The role of the artist is seen as vital in an open and progressive society.

29 May 14

Tom Fleming Addressing the Dutch Network of Creative Centres and European Creative Business Network - London, UK

The Dutch Network of Creative Centres combines Holland's leading creative and cultural hubs plus intermediaries and sector leads. It is also plugged into the European Creative Business Network - which connects hubs and creatives across Europe. Representatives of both networks were in London to explore the city's creative hubs and wider policy and sector development context.

Tom was asked to address the group and commentate on sector trends, challenges and opportunities in London and across the many cities TFCC works in across the world. In a lively discussion, Tom reflected on the current health of the creative start-up scene and pointed to some collaboration opportunities for Europe's leading hubs.

29 May 14

Advisory Board for University of Warwick Global Research Priorities Programme for International Development

Tom Fleming has been invited to join the Advisory Board for the University of Warwick's Global Research Priorities Programme for International Development. This is a real privilege for Tom - enabling him to assist in co-designing a major research programme for cultural policy and the creative economy in a leading university.

Agenda areas include the role of culture in development, culture and creativity in city-making and diaspora communities in the global creative economy.

21 May 14

Tom Fleming speaking at Digital R&D for the Arts, Scotland

The Digital R&D for the Arts Symposium - to be held in Edinburgh - is a major event to explore the development needs of and opportunities for the sector in Scotland. It is a critical time for review and future-thinking - as the Nesta and Creative Scotland Digital R&D for the Arts Programme draws to a close.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy were evaluation and learning partners to the Programme. Tom will reflect on the development needs of the sector and ask if digital is the core issue or a proxy for other agendas in the arts such as innovation, sustainability and growth.