Projects 2019 /

An Evaluation of the Musicians in Residence China Programme

Client: PRS Foundation and British Council

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy was commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the Musicians in Residence China programme. This programme began in 2012 and has enabled some remarkable music makers to engage in 6 week residencies in 2nd tier Chinese cities. The first group of musicians was made up of Imogen Heap, Matthew Bourne, Jamie Woon and Gareth Bonello. The second round, in 2014 included Anna Meredith, Arun Ghosh, Oliver Coates, Sam Genders and Sid Peacock. 2015 saw an all-female lineup Bella Hardy, Kerry Andrew and Mira Calix and in 2017, residents were Quinta, David Lyttle and Emmy The Great. Many have made connections in China that endure to this day and have benefitted enormously through the process of cultural exchange and deep engagement required by the programme. This evaluation explored both outcomes for UK partners and for host organisations and cities in China.

Cultural Strategy and Regional / Local Implementation, Malta

Client: Government of Malta

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy was commissioned alongside Culture Venture to develop a cultural strategy for the island nation of Malta. The main objective of this EU-funded project was to develop five distinct yet complementary regional cultural strategies for the period 2020-2025 hand-in-hand with Local Councils and Regional Committees from across this small but diverse nation.

The strategy came at a pivotal moment for Malta - as it builds on Valetta, European Capital of Culture 2018; and as other parts of the country such as Gozo embark on ambitious culture-led plans.

A Cultural Enquiry for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, UK

Client: Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Combined Authority

The leading figures from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils, Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth University, Dorset LEP, Lighthouse Poole and Arts Council England launched a public Cultural Enquiry. Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy was engaged to undertake and lead the Cultural Enquiry.

The Enquiry looked at the role that culture plays and the opportunity for a long-term cultural vision at the heart of communities in the new City Region covering Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole unitary authority.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England said: 'Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils have an exceptional track record of investing in art and culture, which can be seen through the superb range of creative work produced in the region. ACE is proud to be supporting this long-term vision for the new unitary authority and we look forward to seeing the recommendations made, for the future prosperity of BCP.'

Evaluation of the East Africa Arts Programme for the British Council

Client: British Council

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy was commissioned to evaluate the East Africa Arts (EAA) programme. EAA connects young contemporaries in the UK and East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) through a range of arts and creative programmes and exchanges to support individual, social and economic development.

The 16 month evaluation will build on previous EAA evaluations and the wider Art Connects Us evaluation also being carried out by TFCC. The study will provide in depth analysis of the impact of EAA in opening up access and opportunity, developing new skills and knowledge and generating cultural understanding and changing perceptions.

A key element of the evaluation will be building capacity of British Council staff and partners in the creative sector to more effectively monitor and evaluate the impact of their work.

Waterford Cultural Quarter Incubation Hub Plan, Ireland

Client: City and County of Waterford

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy once again worked with Karan Thompson Consulting in the city of Waterford, Ireland. This was to develop a business model for the next step in the development of the new Waterford Cultural Quarter in the centre of the city.

This responds to the Waterford Cultural Quarter Development Plan - A Cultural Quarter for Waterford, which we developed for Waterford City and County Council in 2017. The proposed Incubation Hub is key element of the Cultural Quarter and a core building block for delivery of a culture-led agenda for economic and social development.

Sheffield Cultural Assets Strategy, UK

Client: City of Sheffield

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy was commissioned to develop a Cultural Assets Strategy for the city of Sheffield. One of the major cities in the UK, Sheffield has an impressive cultural offer. This includes the largest theatre complex outside London, a very vibrant visual arts sector, some incredible museums, and an infamous live music scene. This study explored how the cultural assets of the city benchmark against other comparable cities in the UK and across Europe. It tested with the cultural sector how infrastructure can be improved and identified opportunities to position culture to the heart of the planning and development process.

Cultural Partnership Development for Buckinghamshire, UK

Client: Buckinghamshire County Council

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy was commissioned to support Buckinghamshire County Council and partners to facilitate a new partnership to deliver the Framework and Strategy for Culture which TFCC produced in 2018. TFCC built from this Cultural Framework and Strategy to facilitate a set of task and finish groups for each of its core themes. We also developed the terms of reference for governance and partnership for a new Buckinghamshire Cultural Partnership.