Projects 2020 /

South East Creative Economy Network Creative Work Space Development, UK

Client: South East Creative Economy Network, UK

TFCC was commissioned alongside We Made That and Hatch to undertake a to support the South East Creative Economy Network Creative Workspace Master Plan. The creative economy of the SELEP area contributes more to the UK economy than any other LEP area outside of London. As part of the strategic economic plan for the South East, SELEP recognised that building a thriving creative economy is critical to future economic growth. TFCC has played an active role in research and strategy across the SELEP region for 17 years, from the first creative industries mapping study in Medway to the recent Cultural and Creative Industries Strategy for Tunbridge Wells.>

Future Arts & Culture - Exploring Digital Innovation and International Collaborative Practice, UK

Client: Arts Council England

Building on our three-year evaluation of the Future Art & Culture Programme, TFCC delivered a targeted research exercise to explore how digital innovators in the arts are working during this year of lockdowns and travel restrictions. Future Art & Culture is an Arts Council England programme led by British Underground. The model involves investing in a cohort of digital innovators to participate each year at Interactive, the emerging technology showcase at South By South West in Austin, Texas. With SXSW cancelled in 2020, this research explored how digital innovators who would otherwise have travelled to Austin developed alternative approaches to collaboration and showcasing.

A 5 Year Arts Strategy for Jersey

Client: Government of Jersey

TFCC was commissioned by the Government of Jersey to undertake a 5 Year Arts Strategy for the island. Jersey, a British Crown Dependency, has a rich and distinctive heritage, beautiful natural landscape, and increasingly dynamic and innovative arts sector. This includes leading arts organisations such as Art House Jersey, Jersey Opera House, Jersey Arts Centre, and a plethora of socially engaged and participatory providers. The Government has made a commitment to investing 1% of GDP to the arts from 2022. This Strategy provided the Government with an evidence-based framework and plan for arts and cultural investment, governance and partnership.

Supporting Creative Industries Mapping in Georgia

Client: BCreative Georgia and British Council Georgia

TFCC was commissioned to play an advisory, training and capacity-building role as the country embarks on its first extensive creative economy mapping programme. TFCC worked with the client group and selected consortia of local researchers to help formulate the approach to sector mapping, to introduce core concepts and building blocks in the creative economy, and deliver a programme of technical and strategic workshops. This enabled partners to actively capture a strong baseline for the sector which, vitally, can be updated over time to inform policy and investment.

A Cultural Insights Study for Malaysia

Client: British Council Malaysia

TFCC developed an insights report which featured must have information on the Malaysian arts and cultural scene, including macro-strategic context and an introduction to each key art form and the wider arts and cultural ecosystem. It also provided a spotlight on emerging trends, key sector leaders and intermediaries, clusters and hubs, and the main organisations and infrastructure; and practical information on working in the country, plus advice on social and cultural norms. This report is being used as an introductory tool to broker a new period of collaboration between the UK and Malaysian arts.

Multiplier Labs - UK / West Africa Creative & Social Hub Exchange Programme

Client: British Council Nigeria

TFCC was commissioned alongside the University of the Arts London to design and facilitate an exchange and training programme for creative and social impact hub managers from West Africa and the UK. Led by the British Council, Multiplier Labs aims to build collaborative capacity between the UK and West African creative economy, with a programme of knowledge and skills exchange activities. TFCC led on the design of a knowledge exchange programme where UK and West African hubs explored their respective models and identified opportunities for future collaboration. This led to a programme of collaboration and exchange – funded through the British Council.

A Creative Economy Strategy for Coventry, UK

Client: Coventry, UK

TFCC was commissioned by Coventry City Council to undertake a creative economy strategy. TFCC worked with partners including the Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture team, Local Enterprise Partnership, both universities and the cultural and creative sector, to identify a set of strategic priorities and actions which can help Coventry maximise the potential of its diverse talent base and heritage of creativity and innovation. Being City of Culture in 2021/2 presents a huge opportunity for Coventry to reset wider perceptions (as well as delivering a huge uplift in local and intercultural participation, engagement, innovation and productivity). This creative economy strategy helped ensure that a key legacy of the year of culture sees Coventry recognised as a place where creative approaches to systemic challenges are encouraged; where creativity and innovation are central strengths; and where the diversity advantage of the city is an attraction factor for talent retention and inward investment.

Abu Dhabi Creative Economy Strategic Development Process

Client: Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi

TFCC undertook an initial situation analysis and advisory session with the Department of Culture and Tourism. This is to support the development of their first Creative Economy Strategy. In recent years, Abu Dhabi has become a major cultural hub for the Middle East, with some game-changing investments including The Louvre. Yet the Emirate has yet to undertake a strategic approach for its cultural and creative production system. Tom worked in Abu Dhabi and the oasis city of Al Ain to explore strategic priorities and advise on a range of options for developing the creative sector alongside wider approaches to cultural and heritage development.

20 Years of the Performing Rights Society Foundation. An Evaluation

Client: Performing Rights Society Foundation

The PRS Foundation has for 20 years invested in the future of music by supporting talent development and new music across the UK; enabling songwriters and composers of all backgrounds to realise their potential and reach audiences across the world. The portfolio of talent it has supported is extraordinary. It spans all genres and has seeded the development of some of the best loved and most acclaimed artists of our time. It works to champion and invest in a diversity of talent to support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre; enable the most talented music creators to realise their potential; and inspire audiences. TFCC has worked closely with the PRS Foundation over the last decade, with evaluations of the Momentum Fund, Women Make Music and Musicians in Residence programme. This evaluation allowed us to reflect on a 20 year story and to build a picture of the musicians supported and the impact this has had on the creative health of the nation.

Great West Corridor Market Study and Creative Industry Strategy, Hounslow, London UK.

Client: London Borough of Hounslow

TFCC was commissioned by the London Borough of Hounslow to develop an in-depth study of the profile and dynamics of the creative industries in the Great West Corridor, a key strategic slice of west London. This area is one of the new Creative Enterprise Zones, called Great West Creatives. It is an area of major change with a long history of innovation and creativity. Working with regular partners We Made That and Hatch Regeneris, we led a process of analysis, review and strategic planning which identifies the current profile and dynamics of the creative industries in the area and scopes a set of strategic priorities for workspace, sector support and creative growth.

Connect for Creativity Study Visit Programme, London, UK

Client: British Council

Connect for Creativity is an 18-month project led by the British Council, in collaboration with ATOLYE and Abdullah Gul University in Turkey, BIOS in Greece and Nova Iskra in Serbia. The Project is part of the Intercultural Dialogue Programme led by Yunus Emre Institute and co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey. Based on the concepts of empathy, engagement and empowerment, Connect for Creativity aims to strengthen intercultural dialogue through supporting creative hubs and their communities to come together, exchange ideas and experience, and encourage new creative collaborations.

TFCC designed and hosted a study visit to a sample of creative hubs in London, plus a schedule of meetings with some exemplar partners including the Greater London Authority Creative Economy team, the London Legacy Development Corporation, Hackney Wick Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone and We Made That.

Evaluation of The British Council Cultural Skills Festival Management Programme

Client: British Council

TFCC was commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the British Council cultural skills festival management programme 2016-2019. The Cultural Skills Unit established in 2015 was created to research and pilot programmes in the sharing of cultural skills between UK and overseas countries that the British Council is active in. Festival management emerged as an area of demand and the British Council has delivered projects and programmes which responded to this demand in Indonesia, Brazil, UK, and West Africa.

Evaluation of the Creative DNA Programme, East Africa

Client: British Council

TFCC was commissioned by British Council East Africa to evaluate the Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded Creative DNA programme and provide a context analysis analysis of the fashion sector. Creative DNA is one of the Sub Saharan Africa British Council arts programmes. It is aimed at supporting creative SMEs through the development of business and creative skills with a specific focus on promoting alternative and innovative approaches to the global fashion system. Kenya is one of the focus countries.

Culture and Social Inclusion - a Development Programme. Central Alentejo, Portugal

Client: CIMAC

TFCC was commissioned by the Communidade Intermunicipal Do Alentejo Central to provide strategic guidance in the design and delivery of a major new programme for culture and social inclusion. The central Alentejo is a largely rural area with significant social challenges linked to an aging population, reduced levels of mobility, under-employment and low wages. This programme will build capacity in the cultural sector to deliver social impact across a range of outcomes, such as health and wellbeing, cohesion, mobility and economic productivity. It is supported by the European Social Fund and marks a major opportunity to embed culture in approaches to social development and planning.

Buckinghamshire Culture Board Development Consultancy, UK

Client: Buckinghamshire Culture

TFCC was commissioned to advise on the governance and partnership options for Buckinghamshire Culture, the newly formed cultural development partnership for the county. This built on our work as consultants for the new Buckinghamshire Culture Strategy in 2019. A new Board and programme has since been set up, with a set of priority projects. Our role is to advise the Board as it seeks to develop and grow the role of culture in Buckinghamshire, especially since the establishment of a new unitary authority.

Re-frame and Re-position - a Post-Covid Cultural Venue Study for Exeter, UK

Client: Livable Exeter

TFCC was commissioned by the Exeter Livable City Board in partnership with Exeter City Council and Exeter Culture with a core aim: achieving a strong, sustainable performing arts ecology for the city. 
Building on the Cultural Strategy for the city, which we developed in 2019, TFCC worked to set out some clear recommendations for the post-Covid development of the existing portfolio of venues and organisations of Exeter.

The Impact of Brexit on UK Intercultural Relations

Client: University of Manchester

TFCC collaborated with Charlotte Faucher, Post-Doc Fellow at the University of Manchester, on a study to explore the impact of Brexit on Intercultural Relations for the UK and EU. This is part of an ECR Knowledge Exchange Programme at the University of Manchester. We explored how the Brexit process is imacting cultural relations, partnerships and planning. Of course, at TFCC we think Brexit is a disaster for the UK and for Europe. But this study drilled down to expose the impact it is having on the confidence, health and wellbeing of the UK cultural sector.

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Culture Board - a New Cultural Strategy, Board Development Programme and Evidence Base, UK

Client:Suffolk County Council

At TFCC we were pleased to be back in the East of England, leading a multi-disciplinary partnership and strategy programme for the New Anglia LEP Board. Our role, working with long-term partners We Made That and Hatch, was to: - Review the purpose, efficiency and effectiveness of the New Anglia LEP Culture Board and to prepare options for its development over the next ten years. - Create an economic data pack to inform and measure the work of the Culture Board and to demonstrate to partners, current and potential stake holders, the broad economic value of the cultural sector and the current impact of the COVID-19 recession and the role of the cultural sector in recovery. - Refresh the strategy, Culture Drives Growth, placing culture at the heart of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession, establishing a new ten-year vision, with a comprehensive delivery plan.

Expert Adviser to Aveiro, STEAM City, Portugal

Client:Municipality of Aveiro

TFCC was commissioned by the Municipality of Aveiro to deliver long-term specialist advisory services and undertake a programme of research to inform future planning. Aveiro STEAM City is an European Union Urban Innovation Action initiative. The main focus of the initiative, which positions Aveiro as a living lab for culture and technology, is to build on the strong educational offer of the city, and in particular of University of Aveiro, with a STEAM approach to city-making. Aveiro is also a testbed city for 5G, and a candidate for European Capital of Culture 2027, with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics fused to redefine city-making.