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08 Feb 13

Digital Developments in the Arts & Cultural Sector - International Best Practice Case Studies Published

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is currently working as Learning and Evaluation partner to the Digital Developments in the Arts & Cultural Sector Programme in Scotland. Led by NESTA and Creative Scotland, this programme explores how digital technology can help introduce innovation and excellence, plus build the long-term organisational resilience and financial sustainability of the cultural and creative sector in Scotland.

Our role includes evaluating the three main elements of the Programme: the Digital R&D Fund, AmbITion Scotland and Sync.

Our role is also to support partners to cross boundaries, experiment and collaborate more confidently. As part of this, we have written a paper which highlights international best practice in digital development across the arts. It is intended as a snapshot of the types of approach organisations might take in Scotland. To explore our perspective on good practice in digital development from several countries, visit:

06 Feb 13

Filmed Interview of Tom Fleming Featured in Culture Fighter

Culturefighter is a project of the Kosice-based independent film company partizanfilm. It sets out to explore key issues in culture and creative city-making, inspired initially by Kosice, European Capital of Culture 2013. Tom Fleming is filmed here talking about his experience of East London as a creative cluster, including commentary on the role of the public sector and the distinctive history and contemporary identity of the area.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has always been based in the East End of London (we love it here!) and Tom has lived in the area for over 13 years.

24 Jan 13

Tom Fleming in Edinburgh as Learning Partner to Scotland's Digital Development Programme for the Arts

Tom will be participating in the latest R&D Workshop - held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. This includes leading a session on learning and development issues for participating organisations.

The Digital Development Programme is based on a partnership of NESTA, Creative Scotland and AHRC. It includes a Digital Development Fund, AmbITion and Sync - a suite of activities collectively purposed to lift the digital capacity of the arts and cultural sector in Scotland.

22 Jan 13

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy Hosting a Delegation from Ulyanovsk, Russia

As part of our ongoing work across Russia, we are excited to be hosting a delegation of senior policy-makers and cultural operators from the Ulyanovsk Region, Russia. With the support of The British Council, we are introducing colleagues from Ulyanovsk to some leading cultural organisations and creative industries programmes in London, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Visitors from Ulyanovsk include the Governor of Ulyanovsk Oblast, Sergey Morozov; the Minister of Culture, Tatiana Murdasova; and representatives from Ulyanovsk Capital of Culture.

The delegation is also taking this opportunity to launch the Plastov Awards - billed as 'the world's richest arts prize', with a 500,000 Euro budget. The award is financed by Ulyanovsk Oblast as part of its overall strategy to promote culture and creativity as key drivers for the region's growth and competitiveness.

20 Jan 13

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to Evaluate Arts Council England's Creative Industry Finance Pilot

Creative Industry Finance is an Arts Council England initiative operated by ArtCo Trading Ltd.

The aims of the programme are:

- to provide access to finance for small and medium enterprises operating within the cultural/creative industries, enabling business growth and supporting talent development
- to improve the business skills and commercial experience of small and medium enterprises operating within the cultural and creative industries
- to improve the financial profile and lending history of creative industry small and medium enterprises with growth potential, enabling them - to attract further investment from the private sector, thereby becoming more sustainable as independent enterprises
- to provide an evidence base for the demand and effectiveness of loan finance as an alternative to grant funding for commercially viable cultural and creative industry enterprises

The programme comprises two components:

- training and support - one-to-one business development support with a specialist business adviser
- access to finance - an opportunity to apply for a loan of up to GBP25,000 to help you develop and grow your business.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy will provide summative and formative evaluation and operate as learning partners to key stakeholders across the programme. The evaluation will conclude in 2014.