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10 April 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to undertake Cultural Investment Plan for North Northamptonshire

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been commissioned by North Northamptonshire Development Cooperation (NNDC) to provide a Cultural Investment Plan for North Northamptonshire. This large-scale project builds on our role in delivering cultural planning toolkits across the UK and internationally, plus a recent cultural audience baseline for Corby Priority Place Partnership and cultural investment plan for West Northamptonshire. We will join together agendas in cultural planning across Northamptonshire; and provide the evidence base, delivery platforms and required actions for a coordinated and committed approach to culture across the County.

03 April 09

Dialogue Cafe to be launched in Istanbul

Tom Fleming will be part of the panel meeting next week in Istanbul to launch the Dialogue Cafe - a new space for social innovation and interaction globally. The launch will form part of the Second Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations to be held in Istanbul on 6-7 April.

The Dialogue Cafe is based on a radical but simple idea - that ordinary people have more in common than not and given the opportunity they will explore their common interests even across radical geo-political divides - which will help to "change people's perception of each other by providing opportunities to improve understanding of culture and between cultures".

The Dialogue Cafe is being developed by the Alliance of Civillization, Anna Lindh Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Cisco, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Istanbul Bilgi University and New York University; and under the patronage and institutional support of the United Nations' Alliance of Civillizations.

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03 April 09

Vilnius Reflection Conference featured in Lithuanian business newspaper Verslo Zinios: "Kurybingumas - ekonomikos ateitis"

The conference 'The Impact of Culture: Vilnius Reflection' held in the Lithunian Capital in March 2009 and facilitated by Andrew Erskine, was featured in the Lithuanian business newspaper, Verslo Zinios.

The article, "Kurybingumas - ekonomikos ateitis", was featured both in the print and online versions, and can be found here:>

02 April 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to develop a business plan for a UK-wide network of Cross-Art-Form Venues

We are pleased to announce that work will soon begin to establish a coordinated approach to UK cultural and creative infrastructure provison. Commissioned by UK Film Council and Arts Council England (ACE), the 'Cross-Artform-Venue' (CAV)network is a recommended action from the UK Creative Britain report, where Recommendation 21 supports the development of a network of exemplar venues to "exploit their contribution to the creative economy and to maximise their potential to facilitate knowledge transfer".

Our task is to develop a business plan for the newly established network of (CAVs). This is to:

- Scope the network's strategic focus
- Establish its membership structure, its terms and conditions, and how this will develop over time
- Identify and design its key projects / interventions for Years 1-3
- Develop its partnership credentials, and
- Establish it as a leader of creativity and innovation for the UK creative economy.

This is also a response to our recent report (commissioned by UKFC, ACE and AHRC), 'Crossing Boundaries - the role of cross-art-form and media venues in the age of 'clicks not bricks'. This report explores the role of six case study venues - Broadway, Nottingham; Showroom, Sheffield; FACT, Liverpool; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Watershed, Bristol; and Tyneside, Newcastle - as key hubs and brokers of creativity and innovation in their city regions.

The Business Plan will also scope opportunities for the network to engage a larger group of core partners across the UK, connecting venues such as the Chapter, Cardiff; Quad, Derby; DCA, Dundee; and BFI Southbank. It will also configure this network within the matrix of UK-wide, national and regional strategies and agencies.

01 April 09

Tom Fleming presenting at 'Corby Priority Place: Performance and Priorities'

The event, taking place this Thursday 2nd April in Corby, will provide a platform for sharing the outcomes of the Corby Priority Place research, currently being carried out by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy.

The research, commissioned by Corby Priority Places Partners, aims to better understand cultural consumption and participation in Corby and to help policy makers to make informed decisions about programming and delivery. The event has been organised to provide an opportunity for key partners and stakeholders to collaborate and prioritise future partnership work and projects based on key baseline data of cultural activity and consumption in Corby.