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07 Mar 11

TFCC to take on creative industries advisory role for Hackney Wick Fish Island Creative Industries Business Centre

TFCC has been commissioned to undertake a creative industries advisory role for London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) that provides advice and guidance on the focus, scope and content of an Expression of Interest for the proposed Hackney Wick Fish Island Creative Industries Business Centre.

This will take into account the sector development opportunities of Hackney Wick and Fish Island, the role of the creative industries in a wider local and sub-regional context (and thus the importance of the Business Centre), and the set of technical and social factors that will ensure success. This will be done by providing technical and strategic support at all stages of this process, resulting in the identification of an appropriate route forward and next steps.

This commission builds on TFCC's previous work in the area, scoping creative growth opportunities for Hackney Wick and Fish Island.

28 Feb 11

TV interview with Tom Fleming on Warsaw's European Capital of Culture 2016 bid

Tom Fleming has been interviewed for Polish TV 'TVN Warszawa' about his role as lead international consultant to Warsaw's bid to be European Capital of Culture 2016. Following Tom Fleming's strategic consultancy role the city was shortlisted and is now in the process of finalising their bid.

Watch the interview here:,news,-bez-cenne-rady-w-walce-o-stolice-kultury,79930.html

To view Warsaw's initial bid which leads to the shortlist, click here:

22 Feb 11

Tom Fleming interviewed for Slovak TV's Kulturfighter series

In 2010 Tom Fleming was interviewed for the Slovak TV series Kulturfighter (created by Slovakian based Partisan Film with support from the Kosice 2013 ECOC project). The series aimed to analyse the impacts of creative industries and culture-led regeneration efforts taking place across Europe. The series also investigates the impact of selected European Capital of Culture projects are having on the cities in which they were implemented.

Kulturfighter aims to stimulate a discussion of these issues in Slovakia by providing an analysis of concrete case studies by leading experts in the field, bringing in a variety of perspectives - both positive and critical.

Tom Fleming's interview was broadcast at the end of 2010 on Slovak TV as part of Kulturfighter. The interview is available on the Kosice 2013 website: (Interview: Kulturfighter 06)

Interview extract - Tom Fleming describing the role of the creative industries in the economy:

"Broadly, it's a policy construct. It's a way of describing lots of different activities where creativity is at the core. For example, it includes the arts, fashion, design, music, film. All of the things that you perhaps see as cultural, as nice things to have. But what it actually does by describing it is it explores how they're critical as parts of the economy. They're really important - yes - for society, but also they're really important for the economy and for community.

"Our job is to describe how important they are in different cities, explore how they can be supported, and explore how different types of value from them can be developed: economic value, social value, cultural value."

08 Feb 11

TFCC's Eastbourne Culture workshop in the Eastbourne Herald

On the 16th January TFCC ran the first Eastbourne Culture workshop where more than 130 people gathered at the Winter Garden to discuss Eastbourne's culture and share ideas for how town cultural activities can be improved - through stronger partnerships, better communications and more grass-roots activity.

Read the full article in the Eastbourne Herald:

04 Feb 11

TFCC Supporting the Bow Arts Trust

We are excited to be supporting the Bow Arts Trust (BAT) to develop as a more sustainable, resilient and growth-orientated organisation. BAT currently provides affordable studio space to over 300 artists across East and South East London. This provides revenue for an expansive and innovative education and learning programme for children and young people and for artists and associated learning professionals. It also provides capacity to drive a cluster and network of arts and creative activities across the sub-region: London Artists' Quarter.

TFCC is advising BAT on its business model, organisational development, and potential growth opportunities. This includes guidance and advocacy for BAT's proposed new development of artists' studios in Stratford, East London.