Gallery and museum attendance up despite decrease in arts participation
Over 50 per cent of adults visited a museum or art gallery in the last year
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Thursday 12 December 2013
The Government has hailed the public’s “unflagging appetite” for culture as visits to museum and galleries remain strong, despite a slight dip in engagement with the arts.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport today revealed that over half of all adults in England visited a museum or art gallery in the last year.
The Taking Part Survey, which was set up in 2005/06, revealed that between October 2012 and this September 53.5 per cent visited a museum or gallery, up from 52.8 per cent a year earlier.
The numbers of adults attending and participating in the arts fell slightly to 78.1 per cent from 78.4 per cent, although it marks a rise of 2 percentage points three years earlier. Visitors to heritage sites declined slightly to 72.6 per cent, up from 69.9 per cent in 2005/06.
The North East and North West has seen strong growth in engagement with the arts; both regions have increased by 5 percentage points to over 75 per cent of the public.
Culture minister Ed Vaizey said the figures provided a “timely response” to those who believe the appetite for culture is on the wane or that the nation is dumbing down.
“The truth is that people have an unflagging appetite for our arts, culture and heritage when they get to experience it first-hand,” he said.
“We are living through a golden age in the arts and it’s great to have the evidence that people are continuing to make the most of it.”
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
Sek, k'athjilari! (That’s “yes, definitely” to non-native speakers).TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake online report claiming artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of 'cure'
James Blunt finally admits the truth: 'You're Beautiful' is annoying
Downton Abbey review series 5, episode 5: Period drama falls disappointingly flat
Star Wars Episode 7 has almost finished filming
Fury, film review: Brad Pitt is intriguing as unsympathetic war hero
Batman v Superman: Side-kick Robin to be 'woman played by Jena Malone'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments