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A healthy interest in the arts in Wales?     

Seven out of ten adults living in Wales attend an arts event once a year or more. This figure is among the findings of the 2002 Welsh Omnibus Survey undertaken by Beaufort Research. The survey also reveals that 29% of the adults surveyed participate in arts activities at least once a year.

Each year the Arts Council of Wales (ACW), includes a series of questions in the Beaufort Omnibus Survey. In addition to monitoring the overall level of attendance and participation among adults in Wales, the survey also investigates these factors across different artforms and geographic areas.

The 2002 survey introduced for the first time, a series of attitudinal statements. These revealed that 67% of those surveyed believe that there should be public funding of arts and cultural projects and 88% feel that all school children should have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument or participate in other arts activities.

Arts attendance remains highest in North Wales and continues to show year on year growth with 77% attending the arts once a year or more.

ACW's Senior Research & Audience Development Officer, Ann Kellaway says, "This annual survey is an important tool in our monitoring of participation and attendance levels over time and provides important information to share with both individuals and organisations working in the arts in Wales. The additional inclusion in the latest survey of attitudinal statements and the calculation of mean attendance levels to show the frequency of attendance provides further information that will prove valuable to anyone working in the arts sector in Wales."

A summary of the key findings from the 2002 survey can be downloaded from ACW's website

Both the summary findings and complete data set is available from ACW's Research Office. Contact by phone on 029 2037 6543 or by e-mail below
Arts Coucil of Wales  
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Ann Kellaway
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