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13-15 June 13

Tom Fleming to Keynote at Dan-D Design in the City event, Zagreb, Croatia

Tom Fleming is in Zagreb to address this major design symposium - which is staged by the Croatian Designers' Association and brings together talent from across the region. This year, Dan-D will be held in the Gredelj industrial zone. Participants will explore how this area can become a sustainable creative cluster for the city in the future.

On the invitation of the British Council, Tom will also meet with a range of creative businesses, government officials and development agencies to discuss the potential for creative industries development in Zagreb and Croatia as a whole.

12 June 13

TFCC Commissioned to Deliver an Options Appraisal for Murston All Saints Studios, Sittingbourne, UK

We are delighted to be undertaking this project - to explore options for establishing artists studios and an arts hub to ensure the protection and sensitive re-use of the medieval chancel and grounds.

This is a sensitive heritage site in an area of economic deprivation. But it is also a site of significant potential - to become a thriving hub for local and visiting artists and to connect agendas in culture, environment, regeneration and inclusion.

Our work will feed off our recent Creative Workspace Strategy for Kent County Council. This showed the need for dedicated creative production spaces in the County and to more effectively connect existing assets.

10 June 13

A Refreshed Vision & Action Plan for Creative Colchester, UK

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed to refresh the Vision and Action Plan for Creative Colchester. We developed the first vision and a strategic framework for the development of culture and creativity in the town, in 2011.

Since then there have some considerable developments, not the least the Creative Business Centre - a networking forum and activity space in the Waiting Room of the Old Bus Station.

As part of this 'refresh', we will be running a workshop in Colchester on June 27th at 5.30 PM at Firstsite. Do sign up and come along if you are in the area as it promises to be an exciting event and another milestone in Colchester's development as a real home of culture and creativity.

For full details of the event - including the original vision - please go to:

05 - 09 June 13

A Creative Economy Masterclass and Strategic Consultation for Arkhangelsk, Russia

Tom Fleming and Andrew Erskine are in Arkhangelsk in the north west of Russia to identify strategic opportunities to develop a more balanced and diverse economy. This includes a focus on the creative industries, cultural tourism, and an innovation ecology overall. With partners Northern Arctic Federal University (NARFU), Tom and Andrew are delivering a set of masterclasses on international best practice and working to identify strategic priorities which can then be developed with our ongoing consultancy. NARFU is involved in the project "centres of creative industries" with the Nordic Council of Ministers.

This is one of a series of creative economy masterclasses and consultations we are holding in Russia and its region this year - including ongoing activities in Moscow, Ulyanovsk, Brest (Belarus), and Kirovograd (Ukraine).

22 May 13

UNESCO Cultural Experts Meeting, Paris, France

Tom Fleming is in Paris to discuss learning points and next steps for the UNESCO/EU-supported programme of technical assistance to developing countries with regard to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

In 2012, Tom was involved in two UNESCO/EU 'missions' to Vietnam - culminating in a Creative Industries Framework. He is set to return in September 2013 to continue this work and add value to complementary consultancy he is delivering for The British Council (which included a recent programme of support to partners in Vietnam).

The Paris meeting includes a focus on the strategic direction of the UNESCO/EU programme, learning points and next steps (for a possible Phase II of the programme).