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28th May 2020

Tom Fleming to speak at Intermuseum, Moscow

Four years after providing a keynote at Intermuseum, Moscow, Tom is participating in an online panel discussion. On the invitation of the Pro Arte Foundation and supported by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation, Tom will focus on the role of museums in renewing the social contract post-Covid. As trust diminishes between governments and communities, can museums provide a safe space for cultural participation and dialogue?

Drawing on examples from his work internationally, Tom will set out a series of challenges for museums as they reframe their approach. He will be joined by Natalia Fedyanina of the Norilsk Museum. The conversation will be facilitated by Veronica Misiutina of the Skolkovo Institute.

Links, including for live-streaming on Youtube, are below.

6th April 2020

Evaluation of the Creative DNA Programme, East Africa

TFCC has been commissioned by British Council East Africa to evaluate the Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded Creative DNA programme and provide a context analysis analysis of the fashion sector. Creative DNA is one of the Sub Saharan Africa British Council arts programmes. It is aimed at supporting creative SMEs through the development of business and creative skills with a specific focus on promoting alternative and innovative approaches to the global fashion system. Kenya is one of the focus countries.

This piece of works builds on our role evaluating British Council Sub Saharan Africa arts programmes and specifically East Africa Arts work 2018-2020. The Creative DNA in Kenya is a 1.5 year programme. Our evaluation, context analysis and final recommendations paper will inform the potential scale up of the programme to other countries across East Africa and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.

23rd March 2020

Guest Speaker, Cultural Policy MA, City University, London, UK

Tom Fleming was guest speaker for the Culture, Policy and Management MA at City University. He provided an overview of policy trends and perspectives from his work internationally. This included a discussion on the tensions between traditional cultural policy and the cultural or creative economy; on cultural regeneration; and on inclusive and impact-facing approaches.

Given the COVID-19 situation, this lecture and discussion was held on-line, with participants joining from countries such as Colombia, Korea and China.

19th March 2020

COVID-19 Statement

As the world struggles to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts and creative industries are one of the most vulnerable sectors. With concerts, gigs and festivals postponed or cancelled; with galleries, museums and theatres closing; and with freelancers and micro enterprises unable to work; this is a seriusly tough time.

Governments and Arts Councils across the world are showing varying degrees of commitment to the arts and creative industries, alongside other seriously vulnerable sectors such as hospitality, retail, leisure and tourism. The German Goverment has been particularly proactive and reassuring in offering a range of financial support measures, as has Arts Council Norway. In the UK, the Government has been slow to react and while eventually offering a range of actions to support businesses, has fallen short of providing measures to protect workers, especially those in the 'gig economy'.

During and after this crisis. TFCC will be working to both measure the impact of COVID-19 on the arts and creative economy, from the role of culture in enhancing our wellbeing to the challenges of staying afloat when there is no creative work.

As an international research and consultancy organisation in culture and the creative economy, our programme has inevitably changed for the coming months. We were looking forward to completing the creative economy road map for Kuwait, participating at SXSW in Texas, speaking at the Abu Dhabi Culture Summit, talking on museum innovation in Athens and Thessaloniki, completing the cultural Enquiry for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, speaking at a major cultural symposium in Cartagena, Colombia, and running a series of consultations in Aveiro, Hounslow, Malta and Sheffield.

But we are fortunate. Most of our projects can be rearranged or can be adapted through online consultations and desk-based research. For many in our sector, the work will effectively stop. The next few weeks and months are going to be incredibly difficult for everyone in the arts and creative industries. They need our support. So if you are able and for as long as we can receive deliveries, please consider buying that record / book / art so they can survive the drought. Also check out the various crowdfunding and ticketing projects which are emerging in a effort to retain some cash flow into the sector.

Stay safe.

6th March 2020

Evaluation of The British Council Cultural Skills Festival Management Programme

TFCC has been commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the British Council cultural skills festival management programme 2016-2019. The Cultural Skills Unit established in 2015 was created to research and pilot programmes in the sharing of cultural skills between UK and overseas countries that the British Council is active in. Festival management emerged as an area of demand and the British Council has delivered projects and programmes which responded to this demand in: Indonesia, Brazil, UK, West Africa. The programme is currently active in the Gulf, India and Jamaica.

TFCC will undertake qualitative analysis to explore the impact of this programme on the capacity, confidence and skills of festival organisations, producers and artists in the above countries.