Arts Council England supported this comprehensive study into how visual artists in England live and work undertaken in 2016. Based on a large-scale national study of the livelihoods, careers and needs of visual artists in England the study aimed to inform the future work of the wider visual arts sector including Arts Council England.

The findings of the Livelihoods of Visual Artists: Qualitative Evidence Report are based on in-depth discussions from five focus groups held across the English regions in March and April 2016. The aim of the focus groups was to capture rich, qualitative information from artists to complement quantitative data gathered from a national online survey exploring artists’ livelihoods, which was launched earlier in the year.

The research was delivered by TBR with support of a-n The Artists Information Company and James Doeser. The project benefited from extensive engagement with a number or organisations brought together to form a Steering Group of project partners: ACAVA (Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art), AIR (Artists Interaction and Representation), Artquest, Artists’ Union England, Axisweb, Crafts Council, CVAN (Contemporary Visual Arts Network), DACS, engage, East Street Arts, National Society for Education in Art and Design, Space Studios, Live Art Development Agency and Voluntary Arts.

TBR Creative & Cultural Team
03 January 2019
Livelihoods of Visual Artists Qualitative Evidence Report