Projects 2019 /

Mastering Evaluation in Culture - a Workshop Programme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Client: CENDANA, the Cultural Economy Development Agency

Our Research and Evaluation Executive, Tracey Gregory, led a series of workshops in Kuala Lumpur introducing the principles and practicalities for effective arts and cultural impact evaluation. This is as part of the Academy for the Cultural Economy led by CENDANA, the Cultural Economy Development Agency.

The Soft Power of the UK Core Cities - A Study

Client: Core Cities Group and British Council

TFCC was commissioned by the Core Cities Group and British Council to undertake an assets mapping of the soft power for the core cities of the UK. These are the largest cities outside London, which are working in an increasingly collaborative way to build the profile of and case for UK cities in policy and investment. This study brought the Core Cities soft power assets into sharper focus and guided a co-ordinated and strategic approach to making the best of them.

A Cultural Leadership Programme for Russia

Client: Pro Arte Foundation and the Potanin foundation

TFCC delivered a Cultural Leadership Programme in Russia in partnership with the Pro Arte Foundation and the Potanin foundation. The cultural sector in Russia is undergoing a period of transformation driven by new funding models, evolving audience expectations, new technology and a renewed understanding of the civic role of institutions, something that Pro Arte and Potanin have supported over the last decade. Each workshop was also accompanied by a public talk looking at different aspects of creative cities. TFCC-led workshops were delivered in the far northern city of Norilsk, southern city of Vladikavkaz and the far eastern city of Khabarovsk.

Advising European Capital of Culture Candidate, Narva, Estonia

Client: City of Narva, Estonia

TFCC provided specialist advice and support to the city of Narva in Estonia. Narva, with the Virumaa region, was a candidate city for European Capital of Culture 2024. Located in the far east of Estonia, Narva is on the Russian border and has a majority Russian-speaking population. Tom provided a high level perspective on the focus, purpose and opportunity of the European Capital of Culture bid.

Strategic Consultancy for Pedra Angular - Terras Sem Sombra Festival, Alentejo and Lisbon, Portugal.

Client: Active Citizens Fund and Gulbenkian Foundation

TFCC was commissioned by the Active Citizens Fund and Gulbenkian Foundation to provide strategic development consultancy to Pedra Angular, which runs the Terras sem Sombra - Lands without Shadow - Festival in the Alentejo, the beautiful rural region between Lisbon and the Algarve. Since 2003, Terras sem Sombra has worked to open the doors of the cultural and natural heritage of the Alentejo, with a blend of European and international music. This rich and engaging festival is increasingly delivering a European dimension, connecting common themes such as environmental sustainability, the balance between urban and rural, and our relationships to the land.

Capturing success in support for SMEs in Armenia

Client: GIZ, the German International Development Agency

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy returned to Armenia for the third year in a row to continue our work with GIZ, the German International Development Agency. This time we were there to capture the success stories from the EU Smeda programme which since 2016 has been supporting the development of SMEs across Armenia and is now coming to an end. Our work helped ensure legacy development is evidence based and highlighted opportunities for future support in Armenia and beyond.

Situation Analysis on Culture in Evora and Central Alentejo, Portugal

Client: Regional Tourism Authority of the Alentejo

TFCC was been appointed by the Regional Tourism Authority of the Alentejo to develop baseline research and situation analysis of the role of culture in development in Evora, Portugal. This is to inform an overarching cultural strategy for the city and to help shape strategic priorities such as whether the city can develop a productive bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2027.

A Creative Economy Roadmap and Plan for the State of Kuwait

Client: National Council for Arts and Letters of the Government of Kuwait

TFCC was commissioned by the National Council for Arts and Letters of the Government of Kuwait, via the British Council Kuwait, to develop an ambitious new roadmap and plan for the Kuwaiti creative economy. This builds on our initial situation analysis work in Kuwait in 2018. This included the following tasks: - Research, map, analyse the current state of the creative economy, including strengths and weaknesses of creative infrastructure, value chains and networks. - Develop a strategic road map for the partnership-led expansion of creative economy in Kuwait - Develop a shared vision and collaborative framework for the creative economy in Kuwait. - Develop a policy framework for the Creative Economy in Kuwait.

A Cultural Economy Strategy for Arts Council Norway

Client: Arts Council Norway

This identified the key building blocks for a successful strategy which bridges traditional arts and cultural policy with strategic interventions in the fast-changing cultural economy. This included briefing sessions with the Arts Council Norway Cultural Economy team; a keynote speech and workshop facilitation role at the Norwegian Pavilion of Frankfurt Book Fair; and sector consultation in Norway.

Design, Production and Facilitation of the NOURISH Workshop Programme

Client: INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal

NOURISH is a rapid prototyping programme for entrepreneurs working at the interface of material science, technology and creativity. It involves accelerator support and professional development for 5 prototypes which have been specially selected for their innovative, disruptive and scalable qualities.TFCC was selected to deliver 3 co-creation workshops.

Cultural Strategy in a Box. A new Study for the Local Government Agency, UK

Client: We Made That

TFCC was commissioned with We Made That to develop a Toolkit and set of exemplars for place-based cultural strategies. This Cultural Strategy in a Box provided an overview of good practice and offer advice on effective approaches to consultation, partnership and delivery. It drew on our work in delivering cultural strategies across the UK and internationally.

Sustainable, Creative Growth for Bulacan Province, Philippines

Client: Rosetta Holdings Corporation

TFCC was been commissioned by Rosetta Holdings Corporation in the Philippines to develop a creative growth strategy for the Province of Bulacan. Our work focused on the city of San Jose Del Monte to the edge of Metro Manila. This will be the location for a major new audiovisual and digital cluster for the Philippines. The cluster will work as an anchor and catalyst to the transformation of San Jose Del Monte to a city that champions creativity as vital to its inclusive and sustainable growth.

Evaluation of Future Art & Culture at South by South West, Austin, USA

Client: The British Underground

TFCC was commissioned by British Underground to undertake an evaluation of the Future Art & Culture Programme. In 2017, Arts Council England commissioned the British Underground team to design and deliver a major programme of activity at South By South West in Austin, Texas. In order to position the UK as a global leader in the space where art meets tech, Future Art & Culture includes panel discussions on digital innovation in the arts, live performances, and large-scale VR installations. Our role is to evaluate the programme over the next three years, working closely with British Underground at SXSW and in the UK to review progress and explore the impact of the programme for artists, strategic partners, and the profile of UK arts and culture.

Evaluation of Creative Central Asia Programme

Client: The British Council

TFCC was commissioned by the British Council to evaluate Creative Central Asia. This programme was conceived in 2017 to stimulate a new type of leadership conversation between the UK and Central Asia focused on the cultural and creative economy. This international conference and networking series was designed to build an influential and engaged leadership network to mobilise new partnerships and collaborative action with the UK. Our evaluation explored progress in partnership and policy development over the last three years and set out some opportunities for the future. It included participation by our new consultant Nana Lee at the Creative Central Asia Symposium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in November 2019.

Developing Creative Economies in Overseas Development Assistance Countries: UK Impact Study

Client: The British Council

TFCC was commissioned by The British Council to undertake research to explore the impact of their work in Overseas Development Assistance countries on UK organisations, enterprises and individuals. This complements our 2019 research which explored the value of British Council creative economy programmes in four ODA countries: Nigeria, Indonesia, Vietnam and Colombia. This research pointed to considerable value generated for UK partners. However, this value was not explored or mapped in detail.

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.