Panic! 2018 - It’s an Arts Emergency!

Panic! returns this Spring with the release of a major paper sharing the data gathered from the Panic! survey Create London initiated back in 2015.

Panic! 2018 is a project that incorporates the release of a major paper, led by sociologists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield, that investigates inequalities in the cultural workforce as well as a public programme that aims to make a significant step to start a more effective conversation within the industry.

The paper, Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries, 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, culminating in an evening talk with Reni Eddo-Lodge.

Alongside publishing the paper, Create London and project partners Arts Emergency will lead a state of the nation report aimed at raising awareness of both the social issues and garnering support for change among young people, parents, educational professionals and the public at large. Further to this, and inspired by the Panic! 2018 research, Create London has also commissioned artist-activist Ellie Harrison, well known for her activism and creative analysis of data, to devise a project around the themes of the Panic! paper. Harrison will create a piece of work inspired by themes and issues raised in the papers and accompanying programme.

Explore the tabs to the left (or below on mobile) for more information and to read the full paper.

 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.