East Midlands Creative Practitioners Survey

A research team at the University of Leicester has created the East Midlands Creative Practitioners Survey. Previous research, conducted in 2014 with Attenborough Arts Centre and The Mighty Creatives (Arts Council England’s bridge organisation for the East Midlands), suggested that regional arts organisations are adapting to austerity measures but the challenges faced by freelance arts and cultural workers are being overlooked. (Read the report at bit.ly/299AIeA or case studies from the project at storiesofinclusivearts.com)
Their new research study, CIDA Project (Creative Industries, Diversity and Austerity), is seeking to identify the challenges that artists and other creative practitioners are facing under austerity through the East Midlands Creative Practitioners Survey. The survey is open to practitioners in the East Midlands working in any artforms, including visual, literary, performing and participatory arts. A link to the survey can be found here: ulsm.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5AQebNeg0RNl16R.
As you know, contacting arts workers is not always straightforward as many of them have no central institutional links beyond the organisations and networks they work with. The organisers would greatly appreciate your support in distributing information to any East Midlands arts organisations in Arts Council England’s network. (For the purposes of our study, we consider the East Midlands to include Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland). They hope that you will be able to support this important research and are very happy to answer any questions that you have about it. Please contact Chris Larkin on 0116 252 5134 or by email at cl367@le.ac.uk with any queries.
Findings from the project will be shared with organisations, creative practitioners and policymakers at an event to be held in the next 12 months. Details will be announced in due course. For more information about the survey, please read the press release at http://bit.ly/29cQCDW or visit the website at cidaproject.org

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