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09 May 12

Guimaraes European Capital of Culture 2012: FASHION HUB launch party, 11 May

This Friday will see the launch of FASHION HUB, part of Guimaraes European Capital of Culture 2012. FASHION HUB forms part of the Cidade (Cities) programmed by Tom Fleming. Friday's launch will introduce the six designers who have been selected to take part in the FASHION HUB Programme and will coincide with the British Council's Young Creative Fashion Entrepreneur Award presentation.

FASHION HUB (Plataforma de Moda) will showcase fashion and textile design talent from across the northern region of Portugal to international markets as part of Guimaraes European Capital of Culture 2012. As part of the Fashion Hub, one of the six designers will be selected to represent Portugal in the British Council's Young Creative Fashion Entrepreneur Award. The chosen designer will participate in a visit to the UK, in September 2012, where they will take part in valuable networking opportunities with the UK fashion industry and their international peers. The tour will comprise of visits, meetings, seminars and events at London Fashion Week.

08 May 12

Tom Fleming speaking at Creative Economies seminar in London, 20 June

Creative Economies, the high profile national seminar organised by Arts Development UK in partnership with Arts Council England (and hosted by the London Borough of Camden), will investigate the role that arts can play in economic development and the regeneration of communities in the current challenging economic climate. Tom Fleming will deliver a key note presentation on 'Supporting growth in the arts economy' following on from TFCC's homonymous paper for the Arts Council.

'It is commonly acknowledged that the arts are the bedrock of the creative economy, making a considerable contribution to the nation's prosperity and its international reputation.' Extract from 'Supporting growth in the arts economy'.

Creative Economies will explore three integrated themes designed to provide topical examples and case studies; suggest ways of understanding and communicating directly with the business sector about the economic importance of arts and culture; suggest tools to provide evidence of impact and value; all of which will help to scope the future arts and culture landscape.

The day's themes will be:

- the role of arts and culture as economic anchors and drivers in cultural regeneration
- how the wider business sector values and uses the role of arts and culture
- practical ways of measuring and capturing the economic value of the arts and culture

The full programme for the day can be found here:

The 'Supporting growth in the arts economy' report can be downloaded here:

27 Apr 12

Culture Hack Scotland taking place in Glasgow 27/28 April

Our research into digital developments for the arts and culture sector in Scotland kicks off with Culture Hack Scotland - a 24 hour event where digital and design talent collaborate with cultural organisations to make new and exciting innovation prototypes. Culture Hack brings together an array of creative technologists, designers and organisations to create new culture-related projects in just 24 hours.

This is the first in a series of events forming part of our evaluation of digital developments in Scotland's arts and culture sector with NESTA. Culture Hack is run by Sync - one of the three digital development programmes being run in Scotland throughout 2012-2013 designed to facilitate making, prototyping and innovation in the space where culture, technology and design meet.

18 Apr 12

Evaluating digital developments for the arts and culture sector in Scotland

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed as NESTA's learning and evaluation partner to look at digital developments in Scotland's arts and culture sector.

NESTA, in partnership with Creative Scotland and the AHRC, is testing new innovation models for the cultural sector in Scotland through a Digital R&D Fund. The Fund's overarching purpose is 'to enable the use of digital technologies in the arts and cultural sector to engage audiences in new ways and to create opportunities for new business models'. One of the fund's key elements is to support collaborative partnerships between arts and cultural organisations and technology providers; and to provide a body of rich research evidence, data and case studies that inspires and supports the capacity of the wider arts and cultural sector to innovate.

We will be working with NESTA to support the wider evaluation, impacts and data capture from this programme. This will include an international overview of best practice digital cultural initiatives and an evaluation of the Scottish digital development programmes themselves.

12 Apr 12

Tom Fleming appointed UNESCO expert for cultural industries development in Vietnam

This month, Tom will participate in the first of two outward missions on behalf of UNESCO. Tom has been appointed by UNESCO to work closely with policy-makers in Vietnam to establish a clear and coordinated approach to the cultural industries in this rapidly growing country. This is as part of UNESCO's wider programme: 'Strengthening the System of Governance for Culture in Developing Countries'.

Tom will be providing technical assistance to the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts, plus partners across the public and private sector. The agenda for Tom's first visit includes a set of workshops with sector partners, interviews with businesses and organisations, and the co-creation of a strategic approach to investment, IP and market development in the cultural industries and wider creative economy.