West Midlands residents’ engagement in the arts remained stable since 2005

A new briefing (pdf, 241kb) published by Arts Council England uses Taking Part survey data to examine the trends in arts engagement across the three year period from 2005/06 to 2007/08.

In the West Midlands, the proportion of population to have attended at least one arts event over a 12 month period has remained stable, with no statistically significant difference in the level of attendees in 2007/08 (64.7%) to that of previous years.

There was, however, a statistically significant decrease in the proportion of West Midlands residents to have participated in arts activities in 2007/08 (42.4%) compared to the 2006/07 rate (46.9%).

Nationally, the rate of arts attendance and arts participation remained stable at around 67% and 47% respectively.

As shown in the two charts below, in 2007/08, arts event attendance in the West Midlands was the seventh highest of nine regions (although confidence intervals means there was no statistically significance difference between West Midlands, Yorkshire & The Humber,  North West, East Midlands and London results).

Participation in arts activities in the West Midlands was the eighth highest of nine regions (although confidence intervals mean there is no statistically significant difference between West Midlands, North East, Yorkshire & The Humber, North West and London results).

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  1. […] WMRO notices that West Midlands arts attendance has not increased since 2005, despite all the public money poured into audience boosting measures and audience research. In […]

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