Projects 2020 /

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.