Events 2016—2017 /

Culture for Cities and Regions Final event, Ghent, Belgium

The Culture for Cities and Regions final event took place alongside the EUROCITIES culture forum in Ghent. Tom Fleming ran a workshop on different approaches to investment and partnership for culture in cities which drew on his experience as an expert to the programme and in his wider work advising cities and undertaking research in this field.

Date: 25 October 2017

Tom Fleming Chair of Arts & Science Roundtable, International Nanotechnology Lab Summit 2017, Braga, Portugal

Tom Fleming chaired a session on the convergence of art, science and technology at this major summit in Northern Portugal that brought together scientists, politicians, economists and artists to explore and discuss the various applications of nanotechnology: for our way of life, our wellbeing and our economy.

Date: 9 - 20 October 2017

Tom Fleming Keynote Speaker at the Regional Forum on Creative Hubs and Cities, Bangkok, Thailand

Organised by The British Council and held at the Thai Creative and Design Centre, this Regional Forum which aimed to explore the concept of creative hubs and its contribution on creative cities, the value of arts and culture, as well as policy support for the growth and development of creative economy, through case studies and best practices from Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the UK.

Date: 10-11 October 2017

Tom Fleming Keynote at the MAGIC Academy Symposium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The MAGIC Academy Symposium is one of the largest creative and tech events in Southeast Asia, with over 3,000 participants. Tom delivered a speech that described the value proposition of the creative industries - emphasising the triple bottom line of economic, social and of course cultural outcomes. He also set out the key drivers for a successful creative economy and describe the building blocks identified through our work in developing a Creative Economy Blueprint for Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley.

Date: 6 October 2017

Tom Fleming keynote at Cultural Statistics and Creative Economy Conference, Manila, The Philippines

Sponsored by The British Council to provide policy consultancy services to The Philippines, Tom Fleming took part at this major conference focused on establishing a strong evidence base for the cultural industries as a key building block for a new process of cultural and creative economy policy development in The Philippines. It was co-organised by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Philippine Statistics Authority, with the support of UNESCO.

Date: 1- 2 October 2017

International benchmarking and best practice for cultural engagement, museum management and tourism: a series of talks in Lima, Peru

Tom Fleming was in Lima to deliver a set of talks across the University of Lima and the Ministry of Culture, as part of our international benchmarking of Museums and Exhibition Centres for a consortium of cultural and education partners in Lima.

Date: 15 - 20 September 2017

Focus Group on Creative Digital Technologies and Digital Medias, University of Exeter, UK

Held at the University of Exeter, Tom Fleming led a Focus Group that explored how academics and partners in industry could more effectively develop the presence, identity, reputation and promotion of research activity and partnerships in Creative Digital Technologies and Digital Medias across Exeter and the South West region.

Date: 14 September 2017

Creative Cities Talk, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tom Fleming was in Kuala Lumpur as part of TFCC's appointed services to develop a Creative Economy Blueprint for the Klang Valley. Hosted by Think City and taking place at Ruang, a converted bank in Kuala Lumpur's old downtown, Tom delivered a talk and Q&A on the 'creative cities' agenda and on the tensions and connections between urban development and creative sector development.

Date: 1 August 2017

The role of art galleries in place-making, MIMA, Middlesborough, UK.

Senior consultant Andrew Erskine presented our emergent findings on how art galleries deliver value to different types of places across the UK. This is as part of our research for the Plus Tate programme which brings together 35 visual arts organisations to share knowledge, expertise and programming.

Date: 7 July 2017

Coaching on culture and creativity in city-making, Oulu, Finland.

Tom Fleming was invited to Oulu, Finland, as expert to theCulture for Cities and Regions programme. 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.

Date: 7-9 June 2017

Keynote speech at Create IT, Minsk, Belarus

Our senior consultant Andrew Erskine delivered a Keynote Speech at this major event organised as part of the EU Programme for Culture and Creativity. The event, Creative IT, was a meeting place for new technologies, culture and creative industries and offered a visionary outlook on how digital technology is shaping the culture and creative industries of tomorrow.

Date: 19 May 2017

Investment Readiness in Arts and Culture: What have we learnt? London, UK.

Tom Fleming presented a summary of lessons learned through TFCC's evaluation of the Digital Arts and Culture Accelerator for Nesta and Arts Council England. This event examined the current investment landscape for arts and cultural organisations and explored the future trajectory of opportunities and interventions in this space.

Date: 8 May 2017

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): Asian Creative Cities Forum and Exhibition, Manila, Philippines.

TFCC's Senior consultant Andrew Erskine chaired a session on the role of design and creative thinking in city-making. He also delivered a keynote speech on how to nurture the enabling conditions for dynamic, inclusive and sustainable creative cities. This intervention was part of a wider programme of work TFCC is delivering in the Philippines (with the support of the British Council. Partners here include the National Commission for Arts and Culture and the Philippines Design Centre.

Date: 26-27 April 2017

Tallinn Music Week, Estonia.

Tom Fleming presented his ideas on 'opening up creativity' at Tallinn Music Week - one of Europe's leading music and cultural festivals with 237 artists from 33 countries in the music line-up; a film and conference programme; and a design and cuisine offer.

Date: 31 March 2017

Keynote at Eurocities Culture Forum, Tallinn, Estonia.

Tom Fleming delivered a Keynote Presentation at this major annual gathering. The event brought together over 60 cities from across Europe to explore the role of culture in city development.

Date: 30 March 2017

Coaching on creative industries strategy, Angers, France.

Tom Fleming was in Angers as an expert coach to the city as part of the Culture for Cities and Regions programme, a major collaborative research and development programme to explore the role of culture in city and regional development across Europe.

Date: 20 March 2017

Tom Fleming Talk at Goldsmiths College, London, UK.

Tom Fleming was invited to deliver a talk to the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths College on cultural research, policy and the role of the consultant.

13 March 2017

Tom Fleming Keynote at Margate Arts, Culture & Heritage Conference, UK

In celebration of almost 10 years of culture-led placemaking in Margate and with a focus on the legacy of the innovative Margate Arts Creativity Heritage partnership programme, Tom Fleming was invited to deliver a keynote speech and refer back to TFCCs '10 Year Cultural Vision for Margate' developed in 2008.

Date: 1 February 2017

Rise Up Summit, Cairo, Egypt

On the invitation of British Council Egypt, Tom Fleming delivered a speech and participated at a panel discussion for the Rise Up Summit, the biggest tech and creative summit in the Middle East and North Africa. Tom provided an overview of the Creative Economy and the opportunities this brings to Egypt and the wider region. Rise Up brought together over 5,000 entrepreneurs, investors, education institutions and civil society organisations to explore best and next practice in business and development.

Date: 9 & 10 December 2016

Tom Fleming keynote speaker at College Day for Nottingham Trent University, UK

Tom delivered a keynote speech at the annual College Day at Nottingham Trent University. Bringing together the Schools of Art and Design; Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; and Arts and Humanities, this event explored the future vision and positioning of the arts and design offer of the University

Date: 3 December 2016

Tom Fleming Keynote Speech at Open Daegu, South Korea

Tom Fleming was invited to this event in Daegu, a major metropolitan city in Korea, to join an international group of leading creative industries experts and provide strategic advisory in the fields of culture, creative economy, liveability and civic participation.

Under the theme of 'Creative City, Daegu', Tom presented an overview of best practice in international cultural policy and creative city-making.

Date: 24 November 2016

Eastern European Initiatives Congress, Lublin, Poland

Tom Fleming presented a paper on the decentralisation of cultural capital with a focus on the role of culture-led development in Eastern European cities. The Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress EEIC brings together 17 countries from the Eastern Partnership and European Union, as well as Russian Federation and other European states.

Date: 1 October 2016

Culture at the Crossroads, Tibilisi, Georgia

TFCC Senior Consultant Andrew Erskine delivered a keynote talk at the event 'Turning Tbilisi into a Creative Hub' organised by Creative Georgia with Tbilisi City Assembly and EU Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme. Aimed at national and local government, artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs the event explored how this capital city on the crossroads of Europe and Asia can be transformed economically, socially and culturally.

Date:29 September 2016

Tom Fleming Speaking at Caribbean Directors of Culture Meeting, Barbados

Tom Fleming presented the key elements of TFCC's Business plan for the proposed Caribbean Creative Industries Development Unit at the annual meeting of Caribbean Directors of Culture.

Date: 23 September 2016

Culture for Cities and Regions Study Visit: Vilnius, Lithuania

As Expert for the Culture for Cities and Regions Programme, Tom Fleming participated in a study visit to Vilnous to explore next and best practice on creative industries and cultural regeneration.

Date: 15-17 June 2016

Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit, Prioritisation Workshop, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Tom Fleming led this major Prioritisation Workshop which brought together key stakeholders from across the CARICOM region to shape and prioritise the core vision, mission, governance mode, work streams and actions for the CCIMU. The workshop outcomes helped inform the Business Plan for the proposed new Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU), which was led by TFCC.

Date: 9 June 2016

Culture in Development: Art, Research and Emergency, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tom Fleming participated in this workshop co-produced by Arts Cabinet and Dutch Culture. It brought together arts, culture and education institutions and experts from the UK and the Netherlands to share knowledge and explore the scope for collaboration on culture in development, and to build on the preparatory phase of the project MENA: Norden - a programme of artistic exchange between Europe and the Middle-East, devised by Arts Cabinet.

Date: 20 May 2016

Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU) Consultations, Barbados and Bahamas.

Tom Fleming held a round of consultations in Barbados and Bahamas, including a policy workshop in Nassau, with the aim to contribute to the development of a preferred Options Paper for the CCIMU to be tested in early June 2016 via a workshop in Trinidad.

Date: 9-12 May 15

Culture in Cities and Regions: Study Visit to Sofia, Bulgaria.

Tom Fleming participated in a study visit to Sofia, as part of his role as creative industries expert to the Culture for Cities and Regions programme. 10 cities from across Europe joined Tom and the team from Eurocities and KEA to visit key clusters and cultural organisations across this fast-changing capital city, exploring the role of culture in development and sharing best practice on creative industries and cultural regeneration.

Date: 19-22 April 2016

Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit Options Workshop, Kingston, Jamaica

Tom Fleming was back in Kingston, Jamaica, as part of TFCC's work to develop a Business Plan for the proposed new Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU). In addition to a series of consultations with key stakeholders from across the CARICOM region, Tom led the CCIMU Options Workshop, a major strategic event that was introduced by the new Minister of Culture of Jamaica.

Date: 12 April 2016

Tom Fleming in Hanoi for UNESCO and Sida Technical Assisance to the Government of Vietnam

Participation in a Symposium to review progress in the development of the quadrennial report relating to the 2005 UN Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Tom Fleming also provided one-to-one technical assistance to key strategic contributors to this report. The programme is funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA), and builds on Tom Fleming's previous work, with the Convention a critical underpinning of cultural policy development in Vietnam.

Date: 28-31 March 16

Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit Consultations, Trinidad and St. Lucia

Senior Associate Andrew Erskine undertook a series of strategic consultations and workshops in Trinidad and St. Lucia, as part of TFCC's appointed work to develop a Business Plan for the proposed new Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU). The Business Plan was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank and commissioned by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA).

Date: 19 - 24 March 16

Creative Skills Rapid Assessment: Lagos, Abuja and Calabar, Nigeria

This work helped to ascertain the profile, needs and opportunities for skills development, and was followed by a situation analysis report to be presented at a major conference on the Nigerian creative economy in April 2016.

Date:14- 21 March 16

Keynote Speech at the first Tunisian National Freelance Day, Tunis

A major event attended by over 400 freelancers, NGOs, companies and international experts to celebrate the vital role that freelancers play in the Tunisian economy. The event was organised by Prodit, an NGO focused on supporting graduates in the arts and multimedia to find employment, in cooperation with ISAMM (Higher Institute of Arts and Multimedia) and Manouba University. It was a great platform to create new business opportunities, engage communities and leverage innovative partnerships across the Tunisian freelance community. TFCC's participation was supported by British Council Tunisia.

Date: 16 March 16

Workshop programme for the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, Canada.

Tom Fleming delivered a set of online workshops and lectures for the 'Creative Place-making for Smaller Cities' Module, organised by the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies Centre for Cultural Planning and Development. The Module is dedicated to the creation and strengthening of a global community of professionals advancing cultural development as a vital component of successful communities and sustainable growth.

Date:16 February 16

Culture for Cities and Regions: Study visit to northern Portugal (Porto, Guimaraes and Braga)

A study visit to explore the role of culture in development across this distinctive and fascinating region. This was part of Tom's role as creative industries expert to the Culture for Cities and Regions Programme, and built on his strong experience with the region, including his work as programme director for the Creative City (Cidade) focus of Guimaraes, European Capital of Culture 2012, and his lead role in the development of the first creative industries strategy in Portugal (for the northern region) in 2008-10.

Date:16- 19 February 16

Creative Economy Research Symposium, Kingston, Jamaica

Tom Fleming delivered a keynote speech to a high level symposium held by the Office of the Prime Minister and Creative Economy Department of Jamaica, as part of TFCC's role as consultants for the development of a CCIs Business Plan for Jamaica. Tom Fleming helped to identify the main challenges and opportunities for developing a stronger baseline evidence of Jamaica's Creative and Cultural Industries sector, providing international examples of best practice and guidelines on how to better inform policy by detailed and accurate research.

Date: 5 February 16

Creative Spillovers Symposium, Dublin, Ireland

Senior Consultant Andrew Erskine shared some of the key findings of TFCC's work on Creative and Cultural Spillovers with an invited audience of senior cultural professionals at Arts Council of Ireland in Dublin. The session explored how arts organisations and artists can engage with the growing interest in the spillover benefits of public investment in culture and creativity. Arts Council of Ireland was one of the consortium members which funded our research, alongside Arts Council England, the European Creative Business Network, Creative England, and the European Cultural Foundation.

Date: 4 February 16

European Parliament Intergroup on Cultural and Creative Industries, Brussels, Belgium

Senior Consultant Andrew Erskine presented a high level session for MEPs on "The spillover effects of cultural and creative industries in Europe: drivers for innovation", built on TFCC's work for the research project on the preliminary evidence of spillover effects in Europe. The aim of this research was to develop a better understanding the methodologies to measure spillover effects of public investment (public money awarded directly or indirectly by government funded industry bodies) in the arts, culture and the creative industries.

Date: 27 January 16

Investment Opportunities workshop, Kingston, Jamaica

As part of TFCC's appointed work to develop a Business Plan for Jamaica's Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs), TFCC hosted a investment-specific event; targeted at investors and financial brokers to help explore and develop the current status quo of finance and support mechanisms for the creative and cultural businesses across Jamaica.

Date: 14 January 16