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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.

26 March 09

'Creative Physical Space and its Catalysts' seminar content online

Earlier this week, 40 urban influencers from Latvia came together during the 'Creative Physical Space and Its Catalysts' seminar held in Riga, Latvia. The seminar was moderated by Andrew Erskine and aimed to inform, exchange knoeldge and discuss the creation, development and maintenance of creative physical space: creative quarter, creative district, creative house or creative space project.

The seminar presentations can be downloaded from the Latvian British Council's website:

For further information on this initiative visit the Creative Cities Project website:

25 March 09

Tom Fleming to speak at 'Reinventing the West Nordic as a Brand' in Reykjavik, 29 March 09

'Reinventing the West Nordic as a Brand': an afternoon of rethinking values and reimagining possibilities in the region during this seminar on regional fashion and design - part of the Nordic Fashion Biennale 09.

The seminar will be hosted by the Nordic House in Reykjavik in cooperation with NORA and SamVit on Sunday 29 March. It will put fashion and design from the region on the agenda and offer a platform for cooperation and networking. A series of diverse yet related themes will be addressed by designers, academics and professionals. Discussion topics will include questions such as:

"Can we work together in the region in order to create growth in this sector?"
"Which challenges is fashion in small and peripheral areas facing when seeking a global presence?"
"What part does one's roots play in branding the design?"
"Can we work with regional branding of fashion and design in the West-Nordic region?"
"Can we benefit from joint marketing? And what are the pros and cons of this?"

Tom Fleming and Nneka Ugboma (Director of Mushrooms) will be discussing: 'Embracing the Desire Lines: Re-fashioning the Creative Economy'.

For a full programme please visit: