Create announces new national survey that aims to provide the broadest picture to date of working life across the UK cultural and creative industries

Monday, 21 September 2015


We are excited to announce the launch of our major new project Panic! What Happened to Social Mobility in the Arts?

Through a wide-ranging programme of music, film and debate, Panic! will investigate the state of the cultural sector in the UK. Examining the effects of housing costs, benefits changes and low salaries on access to arts jobs, Panic! will also explore the impact of rising higher education fees, reduced arts provision in schools and the proliferation of unpaid internships in the creative industries.

All elements of the programme will reflect on the findings of a new national research survey, commissioned by Create and delivered by Goldsmiths, that aims to provide the broadest picture to date of working life across all of the cultural and creative industries in the UK. Whilst academic and government research has given us important insights into the cultural and creative workforce, there is as yet no comprehensive and detailed research that has sufficiently large numbers to understand the diversity within the cultural and creative industries.

The Panic! survey aims to discover the reasons behind the lack of working-class representation in the creative workforce and to provide hard evidence of how a changing society is impacting on the economic and societal background of those working in the cultural and creative industries.

If you work in the creative and cultural sector in the UK in any capacity we’d be delighted if you’d take some time, no more than 10 minutes, to tell us your experiences and thoughts. Visit the Guardian website to fill in the Panic! survey now.

We’ll be publishing the results of the survey in November 2015 to coincide with the launch of the Panic! public programme – 10-day’s of music, film and debate dedicated to the provision of UK arts. Full details can be found on the Panic! website.

Panic! is a Create project, delivered in partnership with the Barbican, the Guardian, Goldsmiths University and British Art Show 8.