Panic! 2018 - It’s an Arts Emergency!

Following on from the inaugural instalment in 2015, Panic! returns this Spring with the release of a major paper sharing the data gathered from the Panic! survey Create initiated back in 2015.

Panic! 2018 is a research project led by sociologists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield that investigates inequalities in the cultural workforce.

The research is based on almost 300 hours of interviews with creative professionals collected following a national survey in 2015 as part of Create’s first Panic! project. It is the first time that sociologists have compared large-scale national datasets on social mobility alongside industry-specific information, offering new insights into the tastes, values and engagement of cultural workers.

We are partnering with the researchers and the Barbican on In Focus, a sector-based event that will discuss the results of the research, and encourage the sector to reflect on the findings, and investigate new ways to affect change in the industry.

Alongside publishing a Panic! 2018 report, Create and project partners Arts Emergency will lead a creative careers project for young people and a school resource.

Inspired by the Panic! 2018 research, artist Ellie Harrison has been commissioned to make a new performance / event: Power and Privilege. Using the Panic! research as a starting point, Harrison will invite 50 participants from the Creative & Cultural Industries and beyond to take part in a Power & Privilege Workshop, exploring how these hidden forces in society affect all our lives.

Ellie Harrison is an artist and activist based in Glasgow. Her work takes a variety of forms: from installations and performance / events, to lectures, live broadcasts and political campaigns. She is currently developing the Radical Renewable Art + Activism Fund – an alternative arts funding scheme powered by renewable energy. Last year she presented The Glasgow Effect: A talk by Ellie Harrison at Glasgow Film Theatre to conclude her year-long durational performance for which she did not travel in any vehicles or leave Glasgow’s city limits for the whole of 2016.

 This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and delivered in partnership with the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield, and Arts Emergency.