Projects 2015 /

Scoping Exercise for a Malaysian Creative Economy Programme, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Client: British Council Malaysia

A Scoping Exercise to explore the potential for a Malaysian creative economy programme for 2016-17. This involved extensive sector consultation, analysis of the current profile and dynamics of the creative industries, and a wider perspective of links to education and urban development activities. The exercise was initiated by Think City and is being supported in partnership with the British Council Malaysia and My Performing Arts Agency.

UNESCO and Sida Technical Assistance to the Government of Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam

Client: UNESCO

Tom Fleming was appointed to undertake a series of strategic workshops and to design a Strategic Summary Report to guide main industry, government and policy leaders on the country’s creative and cultural industries’ competencies relating to the 2005 UN Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The programme is funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA), and builds on TFCC previous work with the Convention a critical underpinning of cultural policy development in Vietnam.

Development of a Business Plan for Jamaica's Creative Industries

Client: Planning Institute of Jamaica, PIOJ

The Development of a Business Plan for Jamaica's Creative Industries which focuses on long-term sustainability and market growth with some straightforward short- and medium term priorities. Run with the support of sector specialist Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, and Jamaica-based experts Shelley-Ann Morgan and Simone Harris, this project involved in-depth sector analysis through onsite visits, workshops and discussions, helping to identify key barriers and opportunities for growth.

Evaluation of Sky Arts Amplify

Client: Sky Arts and Arts Council England

Evaluation of Sky Arts Amplify Programme – a partnership initiative by Sky Arts and Arts Council England, designed to encourage more integrated partnerships between creative institutions and TV production companies, bringing the vibrancy and breadth of the arts in the UK and Ireland to life on screen in innovative, new ways.

Creative Industries Study Tour for the Turkish Government and UNIDO

Client: British Council

TFCC curated and led a 3-days Creative Industries Study Tour for a delegation of senior representatives from UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation ) and Turkey's Ministry of Development. Held in London, the tour included a set of strategic meetings with leading cultural and creative sector organisations, such as Nesta, Creative United, SPACE Studios, A New Direction, and Hackney Fashion Hub among others. The overall tour helped to explore international best practice, to build new connections with London’s creative industries, and to discuss different ways of policy-making in the creative and cultural sector that could be of relevance in Turkey.

London Mela Development Plan

Client: London Mela and Arts Council England

The design of a Development Plan for the London Mela – a critically acclaimed event in London that features the best in Asian classical music, British Asian urban artists, dance, comedy and cabaret, Asian-influenced street theatre and carnival, and exhibitions. TFCC explored the current strategic position of the London Mela, identified opportunities for growth and development, and designed a plan that will give the Mela a sustainable and exciting future. This piece of work is funded by Arts Council England and supported by the London Borough of Ealing.

Creative Boom Study, South Australia

Client:Brecknock Consulting

The Creative Boom study is an initiative of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia [AICSA] with funding from the Department of State Development. The study's purpose is to identify the strengths and opportunities for economic and workforce development across 4 specialisations (Craft; Theatre for Young People; Festivals & Events; and the Screen sector) within South Australia’s creative industries. TFCC acted as advisers to the study - which was led by our Australian collaborators Brecknock Consulting.

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Creative People and places - Governance and Consortia Working

Client: A New Direction

Analysis and critical reflection on the effectiveness of consorita models established for the Creative People and Places (CPP) programme. Working with Catherine Bunting, this focused on the process of consortia development, the challenges of effective consorta working, and the learning points this generates for the CPP programme and partnership working across the arts.

Expert Advisory Role to the European Union Programme Culture for Cities and Regions

Client: Eurocities

Culture for Cities and Regions is a major new collaborative research and development programme to explore the role of culture in city and regional development across Europe. Led by Eurocities and funded by the Creative Europe programme, the programme involves the development of best practice case studies, knowledge exchange and professional development in culture-led cities and regions. Tom Fleming is one of four specially commissioned experts. This includes a role in developing case studies and to advise on and participate in study visits to Nantes, Sofia, Northern Portugal and Vilnius.

Evaluation of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts England

Client: Nesta

The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts England is a strategic partnership between the Arts Council, Nesta and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Building on TFCC's former role as evaluator and learning partner to the Digital R&D Fund in Scotland, we assessed the programme's effectiveness in enabling the use of digital technology to explore and build new business models and enhance audience reach for arts organisations, also helping to identify learning points of relevance to arts organisations across the country.

Evaluation of the Summer School Programme "Transition" led by Wayne McGregor / Random Dance.

Client: Wayne McGregor/ Random Dance

A programme led by Wayne McGregor / Random Dance based at The Queen Elizabeth Park and aimed at pupils moving from primary to secondary schools in East London. Focusing on the themes of transition, environment and space, the evaluation explored the programme’s role of visuals art and dance practice in aiding the transition between primary and secondary schools and in connecting young people to The Queen Elizabeth Park and outdoor environments.

Oxfordshire Creative, Cultural, Heritage and Tourism Strategy, UK.

Client: Oxfordshire County Council

Developing the Oxfordshire Creative, Cultural, Heritage and Tourism Strategy –a piece of work on behalf of the OxLEP – designed to connect the different sectors and ensuring sector growth and development in a practical, collaborative and action-orientated way.

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Digital, creative and cultural sector of Essex: Realising the Potential. Essex, UK.

Client: Essex County Council

Development of a detailed and coherent evidence base to show the current profile, scope and health of the creative Industries and enable the production of a clear vision, strategy and action plan to support the growth of the Creative Industries sector in Essex. This was positioned to fit the wider aspirations of the County and connect to the priorities of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Lead Advisers to the Bid for South East Ireland to become European Capital of Culture 2020.

Client: Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford Council

Leading a team of advisers to the cities and counties of Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny in South East Ireland in their joint bid to be European Capital of Culture (ECOC) 2020. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to position culture to the heart of the strategic agenda, to mobilise participation, engender pride and transform the fortunes of this beautiful and inspiring region. It is also an opportunity to play a leadership role for other relatively peripheral rural regions across the European Union - showing how partnerships can be forged, resources shared and new cultural senses of place generated.

Global Public Goods and Challenges - Human Development - Culture in EU Development Cooperation.

Client: European Commission

An important research project on the role of culture in development to set out priorities for European Union (EU) investment. With cultural policy expert Patricio Jeretic and AETS, Tom Fleming provided an analysis of culture in development, identifying different scenarios for a future EU programme on culture, in the framework of the EU's Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPPC). This set out a strategic investment framework for the EU in 'developing countries'.

The spillover effects of public investment in culture, the arts, and the cultural and creative industries.

Clients: Arts Council England, Creative England, Arts Council of Ireland, European Centre for Creative Economy, European Creative Business Network.

A major study on one of the key policy drivers for public investment in culture: the range of additional ‘spillover effects’ (e.g. for the economy, innovation and distinctiveness). This study developed a clear evidence base on the type, scale and outcomes of such ‘spillovers’. The research was supported by a steering group of over 15 key academic institutions and NGOs – including Aalto University, Antwerp Management School, Arts Council Malta, Arts Council Norway, Inteli, Deusto University Bilbao, Universty of Warwick, European Cultural Foundation and British Council.

The final report was published in October 2015 and is available online.

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Creative and Digital Mapping, Evaluation and Strategic Study for the Enterprising Barnsley Phase 2 Programme, Barnsley UK.

Client: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

A review the Enterprising Barnsley programme of support for the creative and digital sector. This included analysis of the existing profile and dynamics of the sector and its scope for future development and growth.

Museum Concept Development and Design Requirements, Ocean Flower Island, Hainan, China.

Client: Evergrande Group

Leading a major museum development project in south east China. The new island (reclaimed from the ocean) is one of China’s biggest developments in the booming leisure and tourism market. TFCC led on concept development,international positioning and partnership, and design requirements.

An Evaluation Framework for Criw Celf, Wales, UK.

Client: Arts Council Wales

Criw Celf is an art development programme for gifted and more talented young people in Wales. It includes a series of master classes that give an opportunity for those young people who have shown talent and a special interest in art to develop their skills and experiences. TFCC worked closely with strategic and delivery partners to establish a clear set of outcomes and deliverables against which progress can be monitored, effectiveness measured and innovation tracked.

Creative Industries Sector Growth Action Plan for Leicester and Leicestershire, UK.

Client: Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership

The Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) brings together key public and private sector partners to lead economic development and regeneration activities and to drive forward economic growth. The Creative Industries is a key sector priority for the LLEP. TFCC worked to measure and understand the current profile and dynamics of the sector (through a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques), to identify barriers to and opportunities for growth, and to work closely with partners to identify specific actions which enhance the growth potential of the sector.

The Growth Plan was launched on July 2015 and can be read here.