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18 September 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to lead Sheffield's bid to become UK City of Culture 2013

The commission follows the company's appointment to conduct a new Cultural Strategy for the city and provides an opportunity to showcase Sheffield's long-held commitment to culture and creativity-led transformation and to provide genuine step change in the way culture drives agendas in economic development, learning and skills and of course community. Sheffield has for many years utilised culture as a resource for its many communities, adopting an open and engaged approach to maximise the value of its cultural assets. From a long-held focus on the creative industries, which has blossomed out of the dynamic independent cultural ecology and history as a city that makes things; to an embrace with the public realm as providing the enabling conditions for cultural expression and intercultural dialogue; the city has a fantastic story to tell and is well-positioned to benefit enormously from the additional focus and spectacle of UK City of Culture status.

The overall aim of the UK City of Culture programme is to encourage the use of culture as a catalyst of change. We are sure that Sheffield's rich and open mix of creative talent, diverse communities, ambitious cultural infrastructure, excellent festivals and events, fantastic public realm, and the vision and appetite of its people, would provide a brilliant offer to the UK and beyond as UK City of Culture.

18 September 09

A New Cultural Strategy for Sheffield by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy

A Cultural Strategy for Sheffield will be carried out by Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, to position culture and creativity at the heart of strategic agendas across this major UK city.

This refreshed and reinvigorated Cultural Strategy will help to provide the energy, collaborations and agendas that maximize talent development, support the sustainability and reach of cultural infrastructure, open up community participation and collaboration, and ultimately reconnect and reposition culture by embedding it across the public life of the city.

08 September 09

Tom Fleming in Siberia and Moscow

Tom Fleming will be setting challenges at the 'CREATIVE ECONOMY and TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT' conferences taking place in Moscow and Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, from 19th to 22nd September 2009.

Tom Fleming's presentations will focus on the experience of different cities globally as they have tried to reposition themselves through a focus on the creative economy. Tom will highlight innovative practice through case studies and will introduce a set of principles and challenges for effective cultural planning and creative economy development.

The events are organised by the Russian Creative Industries Agency, Center of Contemporary Art Winzavod, The Moscow School of the Social and Economic Sciences, and Siberian Federal University, with support of Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation (The Charitable Foundation for Culture Initiatives).

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10 August 09

Watch 'The Art of With' seminar - an action research project

'The Art of With' seminar which took place on the 24th June earlier this year, aimed to explore how a contemporary arts organisation should work with audiences, artists and curators at a time when technological development and web 2.0 means we live in a culture of openess, participation and collaboration.

You can watch the videos and read the essays of the first seminar, where Tom Fleming presented 'Embracing the Desire Lines', a paper written especially for the event.

You can download the paper here:

Watch the videos and stay up to date with the latest news and dicussions following the seminar here:

06 August 09

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy in Lithuania

The latest issue of British Chamber of Commerce BCC paper, (No 30, July 2009) covers the Creative Cities project in which Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy took part.

The article "MAKE YOUR CITY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE" by Vilma Backiute (Partnerships & Projects Manager, for the British Council), introduces the Creative Cities project. It describes how the project promotes a platform of experience and knowledge sharing to re-shape cities through creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation, connecting people, artists, architects and designers to city and government policy-makers.

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has participated in a number of European cities as part of this Programme, and is set to build on this to play a strategic role in the project going forward.

Read this article here:[1].pdf

and know more about the project here: