Projects 2021 /

A Film Industry Blueprint for Malaysia

Client: FINAS

TFCC worked as advisers to Frost & Sullivan in the development of a Film Industry Blueprint for Malaysia. This is on behalf of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia - FINAS. With the sub-heading 'Road to the Oscars', this Blueprint sets out core opportunities and strategic priorities for Malaysia, if the film industry is to 'go to the next level' and consistently produce globally relevant content which can supercharge the sector and facilitate sustainable growth.

Cultural City Profile Research for East Asia

Client: British Council China

TFCC undertook a major research programme to develop a portfolio of cultural profiles of 60 cities across East Asia. We assembled a consortium of TFCC associates to undertake detailed mapping of the cultural assets of cities in China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. This had a particular emphasis on 2nd and 3rd tier cities - which have a still emergent international profile. This project sought to offer the UK Creative and cultural sector a digital bridge to other lesser known cities to help partners in the UK to appreciate the unique attributes and strengths of cities in East Asia. It provides a detailed prospectus of cities across East Asia and delivers insights on their diversity, dynamism and potential.

EU regional Cultural Research Programme: Connect Through Culture and Bridging the Gap Museums programme

Client: British Council EU

TFCC was commissioned to undertake two related pieces of research which will inform approaches to sector development in this challenging post-Brexit reality. The programme included research and engagement in countries as diverse as Greece, Romania, Norway, Ireland, Portugal, Poland and The Netherlands. - The first - Connect Through Culture - involved engagement with artists and intermediary organisations across Europe to explore the types of support needed for impactful artist mobility. This is in the context of the brutal end to freedom of movement for UK artists and thus a set of new challenges to establish collaborative artistic practice between the UK and other European countries. - The second - Bridging the Gap - involved engagement with museums and cultural institutes to identify skills and capacity gaps which require strategic attention. This includes skills to develop a sustainable and inclusive museums sector.

Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Cultural Sector in the West Midlands, UK

Client: West Midlands Combined Authority, UK

TFCC worked as part of a consortium including Hatch and We Made That to undertake a detailed cultural baseline report for the West Midlands Combined Authority. This piece of research provided the data and intelligence partners need to realise their cultural potential and respond as effectively as possible to the twin challenges of Brexit and Covid-19. It will also build on and connect with our ongoing work to develop a Creative Economy Strategy for Coventry. The research is published here:

Milton Keynes Cultural Infrastructure Plan, UK

Client: Milton Keynes Council, UK

TFCC was commissioned in a team led by We Made That to undertake a cultural infrastructure plan for Milton Keynes. This work, as part of an interdisciplinary team which also involves PRD and Counterculture, provided an evidence-based approach to cultural infrastructure planning. Milton Keynes is the largest 'new town' in the UK and the brightest economic success of this movement. The town has grown significantly over recent years, requiring a fresh look at the role culture can play for wellbeing and quality of life and economic development. This Plan will provide an evidence-based approach to cultural infrastructure development, set out an overarching vision for cultural infrastructure, and deliver a business plan.

Creative Industries Strategy and Roadmap for Ukraine 2021-2023

Client: US AID

TFCC was commissioned to support the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy in Ukraine to develop a Creative Industries Strategy and Roadmap 2021-2023. Our involved the development of a Creative Industries Strategy development framework. This was established via engagement with Government and key partners in business and the wider cultural sector. The establishment of a Strategy and Roadmap marks an ambitious new phase in policy development, with the cultural and creative industries well-placed to play a key role in post-Covid recovery.

Museum Innovation and Skills Exchange, Italy

Client: British Council Italy

TFCC was commissioned by the British Council and British Embassy in Italy to undertake a short research exercise which: - Explored opportunities for UK / Italy collaboration and exchange in the museums sector - Identified key skills and development needs for museums of different types and locations - Set out priority actions for museum capacity-development over the next 2 years - as part of an EU museum development programme.

Mapping the Festival Landscape of South East Asia

Client: Jogja Festivals, Indonesia

TFCC worked to develop a baseline of key festivals across South East Asia. To deliver this, we collaborated with Jogja Festivals, a festival development partnership in the Javan city of Yogyakarta. Jogja Festivals has recently established a study centre, with this project being their first research contract. The project provided an overview of how festivals are contributing to the creative economy of South East Asia. It explored the types of value generated by different festivals - from driving innovation to diversifying the cultural tourism offer. The research culminated with some recommended policy priorities for different Governments, with particular attention paid to the role of festivals in delivering the creative economy ambitions of the ASEAN region.

Evaluation of Selector Radio - Global

Client: British Council

Shared with more than 30 countries around the world, Selector connects a global audience to UK contemporary music. With a new show released every Friday, Selector takes the listener on a virtual tour of the UK, featuring the music scene of different UK cities and presenting the best emergent talent. Jazz, grime, indie or electronica – or somewhere in between – each week Selector puts together a truly eclectic playlist and catch up with the artists and labels who are leading the way in UK music. TFCC was commissioned to: - Review, recommend and design an overarching evaluation framework and tools for Selector Radio supported by British Council globally. - Develop a longitudinal piece of in-depth research to include impact stories of what Selector Radio has achieved in its 20-year history.

The School of Museum Leadership, Russia

Client: Proarte Foundation

Tom Fleming designed and facilitated a 3 day workshop for the School of Museum Leadership - an intensive development programme for 10 museum leaders from across the Russian Federation led by the Pro Arte Foundation on behalf of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. Tom developed a programme which included best practice case studies, leadership theory, and a set of interviews with museum leaders from across the world. Participants in this programme included museum managers from cities as diverse as Tula, Moscow, Syktyvkar, Kazan and Verkhnyaya Sinyachikha. The programme culminated in Tom providing advice on museum development and innovation for each of the participating museums.

Norwich 2040: Cultural Compact Strategy, UK

Client: Norwich City Council

TFCC was commissioned by Norwich City Council to develop a Strategy for its new Cultural Compact. This Compact brings together the City Council leading cultural and educational institutions from across Norwich with the shared aim of strengthening partnership and securing investment into the cultural sector. The work of the Compact aligns with the five pillars of the 2040 Vision and Strategy: A Creative City, A Liveable City, A Fair City, A Connected City and A Dynamic City. TFCC engaged a cross-section of the Norwich cultural and creative sector and undertook fresh baseline research to shape a strategy for partnership and investment in culture.

Guidance and Strategic Framework for Turkey / European Union Cultural Relations

Client: European Commission

TFCC was commissioned by the European Union Cultural Relations Platform as Senior Experts to develop guidance on a comprehensive approach to intercultural dialogue between EU and Turkey. Working with two additional experts, TFCC undertook review of EU / Turkey Cultural Relations over the last decade via a mapping and consultation exercise. We then identified opportunities for enhanced cooperation and partnerships in line with the EU Strategy for Intercultural Cultural Relations. This was undertaken in partnership with the Goethe Institute and via our EU-based sister operation in Portugal. The Cultural Relations Platform is an EU-funded project supporting international cultural relations and cooperation between European and global cultural and creative sectors.

Institute of Fashion, Textiles and Technology – Developing a Business Case, London UK

Client: University of the Arts, London, UK

UAL: University of Arts London commissioned TFCC to undertake a significant piece of work to produce a comprehensive Business Case for the short, medium and long-term plans of the soon-to-be-launched Institute of Fashion, Textiles and Technology. UAL currently holds an Award from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and Arts and Humanities Research Council for the delivery of the Business of Fashion Textiles and Technology (BFTT) project (2018-2023). BFTT is a consortium of partners led by UAL, (Including Queen Mary University London, University College London, University of Leeds, Loughborough University, University of Cambridge and V&A) which has a vision to harness the considerable success of the AHRC Award, and scale up to create a sector defining Institute of Fashion Textiles and Technology. A key outcome of this work was to articulate the models and builds for the Institute to achieve financial sustainability.

EU4CULTURE - Promoting Culture & Creativity as an Engine for Economic Growth and Social Development in Eastern Area Partnership Countries: Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan

Client: EU4Culture

TFCC was commissioned by EU4CULTURE as lead expert to a new programme of cultural city strategies across the 6 Eastern Area Partnership Countries. This involved collaboration with Goethe Institute, Danish Cultural Institute and Czech Cultural Centres. TFCC provided overall guidance on the methodology for cultural mapping and cultural strategy, supported the cities in designing and delivering their cultural strategies, and offered guidance on best practice models.

Re-Imagining Malaysian Arts and Culture Post Covid-19, Strategic Plan for CENDANA

Client: CENDANA, Malaysia

TFCC was commissioned by CENDANA - the National Development Agency for Arts and Culture in Malaysia - to undertake a new strategic plan for sector revival. Our task was to review research undertaken by CENDANA on the health of the sector, engage a sample of key strategic partners, and develop a fresh plan for a re-imagined sector. This work built on our global research and consultancy activities on the changing policy and investment landscape for arts and culture in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. It also built on our recent work in Malaysia to develop cultural city profiles and a Cultural Insights report for the country.

Creative Economy Employment and Labour Market Analysis, Nigeria

Client: GIZ and FAKT, Germany

TFCC was commissioned by German organisations GIZ and FAKT to undertake an employment and labour market analysis of the creative economy in Nigeria. This is with a focus on young people and skills development in a context of widespread unemployment and under-employment, exacerbated by Covid-19. TFCC undertook desk-based analysis of the current skills profile and needs for the creative economy across the country. This was followed by a series of sector consultations with both training providers and recipients. This in turn shaped a new toolbox for skills development and be supported by a modular skills and training programme and capacity-building exercise for trainers.

Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester: a Strategic Review

Client: University of Manchester, UK

TFCC was commissioned to undertake a strategic review of ICP - the Institute of Cultural Practices. The ICP is a platform for innovative research, postgraduate teaching and professional development which engages with cultural and heritage producers and organisations in Greater Manchester and beyond. It includes the Centre for Arts Management and Cultural Policy and the Centre for Museology. Our role was to review how the ICP can develop its teaching and training offer and research expertise to position itself as a leading HE provider in cultural and creative industries nationally and internationally.

A Cultural Strategy for East Lindsey and Boston, Lincolnshire, UK

Client: MVTLC, UK

TFCC was commissioned to develop a fresh cultural strategy and framework for these two distinctive local authorities in east and south east Lincolnshire, UK. By working together, the ambition is to scale up and grow the role of culture to drive inclusive economic development, enhance the quality of place and improve health and wellbeing. These two districts have a rich and engaging heritage yet face significant challenges such as in social cohesion, skills and sustainable employment. TFCC worked to develop a vision, thematic priorities and action plan so that culture can play a starring role and drive investment via new funding such as the Towns Fund and Levelling Up Fund.