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13 August 14

Evaluation of Culture Change

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) has been commissioned to undertake the evaluation for the Culture Change Programme - a free business support programme that provides advice and guidance about environmental and financial sustainability for small and medium scale enterprises operating within the creative industries in the East of England.
This is an exciting project for TFCC and complements our portfolio of work as evaluators and critical fiends to creative economy programmes worldwide.

July 14

TFCC as Arts Business Adviser to the Chapter Capital Alliance, Cardiff, UK

TFCC has been selected to provide strategic advice to Chapter Capital Alliance's project to develop Chapter Arts Centre into 'a vibrant, innovative, multidisciplinary centre for artistic presentation, production and participation'. Chapter Capital Alliance is a partnership of leading cultural and creative organisations counting Earthfall, Theatr Iolo and Cardiff University. The project's vision is to generate new types of practice and thinking, to leverage different types of social capital, and to stimulate innovation and research - reaching institutional aims and objectives of partners and also consolidating the creative economy credentials of Cardiff and Wales.

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: