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Dec 12 - Feb 13

Creative Futures - Kent Cultural Conversations

From December 2012 to February 2012, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is curating and chairing a series of three symposia for Kent County Council: Kent Cultural Conversations. These are positioned to reflect on progress made since the launch of the Kent Cultural Strategy in 2010, to identify new priorities, and explore aspirations for the next 3 years.

The symposia are launched to coincide with the new Kent Cultural Challenge Fund - where partners are encouraged to propose innovative demonstration projects which will help to grow and diversify the cultural sector.

Topics include 'place-making' (at Creek Creative, Faversham), 'creative commissioning' (at Dance South East, Hextable), and 'learning and skills' (at Turner Contemporary, Margate). Contributors include Marcel Baettig of the Bow Arts Trust and Mike White of Durham University. Tom Fleming will write a summary recommendations paper in March 2012.

Dec 12

Nigerian Creative Expo, Lagos: A Creative Investment Programme for Nigeria

Tom Fleming has just returned from Lagos, Nigeria, where he chaired the 2nd Nigerian Creative Expo for the British Council. Tom designed the programme and recruited speakers through consultation with the British Council and major players in the Nigerian Creative Economy.

This year, the Expo focused on investment and investment readiness in the Creative Industries. Contributors included the Bank of Industry, UK Trade & Investment, Nexim Bank, The Ministry of Culture, and many businesses.

Over 200 participants contributed to a very lively programme and collectively informed the development of a set of recommendations for sustainable investment in the Nigerian Creative Economy.

Tom Fleming will work with colleagues at the British Council and the wider sector to develop an action plan for sector investment - as part of a wider Creative Economy Programme for Nigeria.

Dec 12

Creative Workspace in Kent - a Workshop Series

During December 2012, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy is staging a series of workshops across Kent to gauge demand for different types of creative workspace. We are holding workshops in Margate, Whitstable, Sevenoaks, Folkestone, Dartford and Ashford as part of our wider study to develop recommendations for creative workspace in Kent.

We will be exploring the existing workspace offer, aspirations for different types of workspace (such as co-working hubs and artists' studios), and how this fits into the wider strategic agendas for cultural and economic development.

24 Nov 12

The Brest Fortress - Transforming its Cultural Tourism Offer. Tom Fleming keynotes in Belarus.

Following an invitation by the Russian Association of Cultural Managers, Tom Fleming will explore how heritage assets can provide the stage and inspiration for contemporary cultural practice, and how the tourism offer of such assets can be refreshed and opened-up.

Drawing on his experience as City Programmer for Guimaraes, European Capital of Culture 2012, Tom Fleming will present opportunities for Brest to diversify and reinvigorate its visitor and overall creative economy.

This seminar forms the first part of a strategic development programme for Brest - a city which has played an important role in the shifting geography of central Europe.,_Belarus

23 Nov 12

Tom Fleming Leads Urban Development Masterclass, Aalst, Belgium

The Masterclass 'City Studio' is a multi-day training programme organised by the Flemish Association for Space and Planning. It targets experienced urban planners with an interest in social and spatial planning that cuts across normal boundaries of theory and practice.

The Masterclass will focus on the right bank of Aalst. This is a redevelopment project of a 19th-century working-class district with a strong tradition of Carnival. Tom Fleming will draw on his experience of Carnival and other large-scale cultural events and programmes to explore how an area such as this can be revitalised.