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Arts, Cultural & Heritage

Arts, Culture and Heritage


The Arts, Culture and Heritage sectors includes our museums and galleries, as well as the video games, music and film and TV industries. These diverse, and growing, sectors are a key contributor to the UK’s economy, as well as being a core part of millions of people’s cultural lives.

Previous Creative PEC research has looked at issues such as how to measure the economic value of cultural and heritage sites, the challenges faced by the live music sector, and the state of public investment in the arts.

State of the Nations Reports

Our State of the Nations reports provide a quantitative overview of developments in four key areas for Creative Industries research and policy. Reports in this series are published on a regular basis and include analysis of topical issues of interest to policymakers and industry.

Publications and Posts

Research Reports
Press Releases
Press Release: New research, including – once in a decade data – provides comprehensive overview of audiences and workforce across arts, culture and heritage.

Embargoed 00.01 Wednesday 15 May 2024 (BST) For the first time, census data has been used to provide…

Press Release: UK’s creative industries are an export success story

New report shows creative strength despite Brexit and Covid Embargoed 00.01 Wednesday 20 March 2024,…

Introducing the Creative PEC’s Research Fellows Network 

By Professor Hasan Bakhshi, Director Creative PEC and Professor Giorgio Fazio, Director of Research …

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‘One Creative North’ plans finalised at summit ahead of Convention of the North

30 organisations meet to set out a bold new vision for the north of England’s creative industries To…

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Press release: With coordinated action North of England based creative industries could add £10bn to the UK economy

Today, the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and the Creative Industries Polic…

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Press Release: ‘Creative Corridors’ can be the key to the UK’s creative industries’ ambitions

Today (Saturday 16 September), three major institutions announce a joint agreement to work together …

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Press release: Relationship between creative industries and gentrification overstated says new study

August 2023 – It’s a commonly held view that the arts drive gentrification. Many city leaders …

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Press Release: Could the UK be a creative haven for writers? With support from policymakers, yes, says new report

17 August 2023 – The latest Authors’ Earnings Survey, from researchers at the CREATe Research …

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Press release: Landmark Creative Industries report says: prioritise creative education, end unequal access to the arts and focus on the regenerative power of the creative sector

27 April 2023 – Today, the Creative PEC launches a landmark report – The State…

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Press release: Growing skills shortage & international trade decline post-Brexit

NEWS RELEASE Download the Press ReleaseEmbargoed: 00.01 UK time Thursday 30th March Two papers …

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Press Release: New Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre co-hosts announced

Newcastle University and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) have been announced as new hosts of the Cre…

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Press release: Major review of job quality in the Creative Industries

Published today: 23rd February 2023 Download the Press Release The Creative Industries – from …

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The economic value of cinema venues to their communities

In a tough economic climate for cinemas and where there is limited public funding, it is important t…

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A new deal for arts funding in England?

When thinking about why we publicly fund the arts, we can point to their multifaceted benefits. Not …

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Can you own a pixel?

This blog is based on the discussion paper Crypto Art and Questions of Value, a guide for anyon…

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Art, climate science and policy

Can art play a role in the intersection of climate science and policy? I have been researching …

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A little greyer and a bit more rectangular?

Using online museum collections to study the design of everyday objects A little greyer? We tracked …

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Arts and culture: The need for a ‘live’ support system

The arts and cultural sector breathed a collective sigh of relief on Sunday evening (5th July) as th…

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A live music map for Birmingham in times of COVID-19

Recent research from UK Music has highlighted the economic contribution that music tourism has …

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Counting craft

So I never thought I’d become a SIC and SOC code nerd. Neither an economist, nor a statistician, I’m…

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Home is where the art is

Why the government, funders and creative industries should come together to support cultural consump…

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The impact of COVID-19 on arts and cultural charities

With many arts and cultural charities having to restrict activities as a result of COVID-19, it is m…

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The continuing significance of the centenary

What does the nature of a centenary commemoration tell us about collective memory and current social…

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Capturing the value of immersive experiences in museums, galleries and heritage sites

Interest in immersive experiences in museums, galleries and heritage sites has increased in recent y…

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