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12-14 Feb 14

Tom Fleming Facilitating and Providing Critical Review at 'Creative Hubs Forum, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal

The Forum, which is a collaboration between the British Council, ADDICT and Oliva Creative Factory, brings together managers of creative hubs across Portugal and Spain, together with selected hubs from the UK and from across Europe.

The three day event will provide a space for hub managers to meet, exchange methodologies and working practices, and develop local, national and European networks. The forum will also include interactions with local creative businesses and organisations as well as policy makers. The forum will also offer a chance to hear about new developments in EU funding.

Tom Fleming will be facilitating and is tasked with providing a summary of the strategic implications of the discussions. This will then be developed into a strategy paper to shape agendas in creative hub development in Portugal, Spain and other parts of Europe.

This activity is connected to TFCC's ongoing role in Portugal and Spain, where we are participating in a number of strategic projects and networks for the creative economy.

10 Feb 14

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to Evaluate Transparent Boundaries

Transparent Boundaries is a trans-national, inter-disciplinary and cross-generational cultural project, questioning and exploring the boundaries between the older generation, the society and cultural setting in which they live.

Four organisations have come together with support from the EU Culture Programme. Leading the project from the UK is the University for the Creative Arts, with partners Aalborg University from Denmark, Associazione Marchigiana Attivita Teatraliand (AMAT) from Italy, Hellenic Regional Development Centre from Greece.

The project majors on making links across cultures and between generations to find ways to increase the visibility of the Elder as a vital force with a cultural contribution and impact to be included and referenced. This is a project of empowerment, which will take micro and macro approaches to create a place and space for dialogue and a new kind of visibility through relationships that function between and across cultures.

Our role is to provide a learning partner role and to provide a summary evaluation of the programme. It builds on our work evaluating cultural and creative programmes across Europe.

30-31 Jan 14

Tom Fleming presents at Publica 14, Madrid, Spain.

Tom's presentation focuses on 'how to motivate the creative economy: spaces, infrastructure and collaboration'.

Publica 14 is a major event for the Spanish creative economy and cultural sector. Staged at Circulo Bellas Arts, it focuses on new and emergent business models for the sector, on policy trends, and on research and development. Tom is also contributing to a workshop on cultural indicators, measurement and notions of value.

This is part of Tom's ongoing role as consultant to the British Council's Creative Economy Programme and it connects with our policy guidance role in Europe were we are working with a range of partners to improve the investment and support landscape for the creative economy.

29 Jan 14

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy Commissioned as Learning Partners to the Associate Bridge Programme of Roundhouse, Camden - London, UK.

We are pleased to be working with Roundhouse and its partners to explore the benefit of a more coordinated and collaborative approach to arts and creative education activities in north London. Roundhouse, as an Associate Bridge organisation for Arts Council London, has additional responsibility to be a hub and connector for such activities. It is leading on activities such as a shared offer for Arts Award; a shared commissioning programme to make it easier for schools to commission arts organisations; and a pilot radio station in Barnet.

Collectively these activities are designed to align resources, create platforms for knowledge exchange, and generate sustainable delivery partnerships.

Our role is to offer advice, critical reflection and an overall evaluation narrative for the programme.

27 Jan 14

Creative City Manifesto for Kosice Published

Tom Fleming's Creative City Manifesto for Kosice sets out the vision and framework for building a strong and sustainable creative economy. As the city moves beyond its 'year in the sun' as European Capital of Culture in 2013, it is more important than ever to build a grand partnership for the creative economy. This is because 2013 initiated a set of unprecedented creative industries and cultural sector activities and collaboration, including new infrastructure, networks, support programmes and commissions.

The city has gained real prominence as a forward thinking and aspirational place - where the location (to the East of Slovakia), size (less than half a million) and industrial profile (in transition from heavy industry to a mix of service, technology and creative), are being nurtured as real assets.

The Manifesto is a call to partnership and commitment - setting out some clear opportunities for Kosice to bounce from 2013 toward being a genuinely significant creative city for the next era.

It is informed by the discussions and recommendations of Place! - the major creative economy symposium of Kosice 2013; which Tom Fleming also co-designed and facilitated. Planning is underway for a Place! 2014 - where we can explore progress made on the Manifesto and accelerate the projects and partnerships already underway.

The Manifesto can be downloaded here: