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17 November 08

Tom Fleming in Warsaw - prospective European Capital of Culture 2016

Tom Fleming will be participating in a staged debate taking place in Warsaw in late November 2008, concerning the Polish city's European Capital of Culture 2016 candidacy. Warsaw is one of eight Polish candidate cities for the 2016 European Capital of Culture status, and will potentially be sharing the title with a Spanish city.

Warsaw, as a major capital city, often acts as a meeting point for cultures and artists of Western and Eastern Europe. Its rich national heritage and tradition paired with a rapidly developing cultural infrastructure, have lead to a range of large and small scale cultural events including internationally recognised festivals, concerts and artistic events.

The debate will explore the city's unique set of attributes and identify opportunities and challenges for the city's cultural sector and creative economy.

14 November 08

Cornerhouse: Rising to the Challenge

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been commissioned by Cornerhouse in Manchester to scope its strategic role as a hub and broker for the creative and knowledge economy of the city and region. With multiple new operational and technological shifts such as digitalisation, the rise of open source culture, and the convergence of art-forms, sectors and platforms; and if Cornerhouse is to continue to operate at the vanguard of creativity and innovation in Manchester; then it is essential to explore new approaches to governance, programming and audience development.

05 November 08

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to explore the future of Artsmark

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy has been appointed by Arts Council England to explore the future of Artsmark - the national arts award scheme for schools. The current aims of Artsmark are to increase the range of arts education provision in the curriculum and out of hours learning activities and to raise the profile of arts education throughout England. Artsmark is now starting its ninth year and has seen remarkable growth since it launched in 2000/2001.

Our role will be to scope different options for the future development of Artsmark in a context where arts and culture more generally are increasingly at the mainstream of the education experience, and when initiatives such as Find Your Talent are embracing a holistic approach to culture as a key tool in teaching practice and as vital to processes of personal development.

31 October 08

Design Council Magazine article on Russian creative economy

The current issue of the Design Council Magazine (DCM) takes an in depth look into the Russian creative industries in its article entitled "Will this Russian evolution spark a creative economy?". The article features quotes and expertise from Tom Fleming based on his recent projects and speaking engagements across Russia.

In his DCM article, Paul Simpson wonders if Russia's new president Dmitry Medvedev can turn Russia into a nation of innovative entrepreneurs. He examines the country's economy and its shift towards the four I's: innovation, investment, infrastructure and institutions.

The full article, as well as the full issue of DCM, can be downloaded from the Design Council's website:

(Registration is free)

27 October 08

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy appointed Ofcom Vendor

Building on Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy's paper - 'Approaches to Public Service Investment and Competition in the Cultural Sector' for Ofcom's second Public Service Broadcasting Review - we have now been appointed as an official Ofcom Vendor. Tom Fleming says "it is excellent to add Ofcom to our list of official clients and we very much look forward to working with them in the future".