18 November). He has misunderstood the figures published in the Arts Council annual report on
The figures given in our annual report ('Arts events hold their appeal in recession', 16 November) represent the estimated number of British adults who attend arts events, based on the British Market Research Bureau 1992/93 Target Group Index survey.
The information is based on the percentage of a sample of 25,000 adults who currently go to each of a variety of types of arts event. Professor Boylan's figures in fact represent the numbers of tickets sold.
Although the art gallery and theatre attendance figures collected by Professor Boylan's department are no doubt accurate, they are attendance figures, not figures of attenders.
It is likely that our 10 million theatre attenders (by going to the theatre two or three times in the year), along with foreign visitors and children under the age of 15, made up Professor Boylan's 23 million tickets sold.
The Arts Council of
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