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Impact of the Pandemic on Livelihoods in the Visual Arts

Back in May 2020, CVAN and The Visual Arts Alliance produced a survey that you may well have been part of, the outcomes of that survey helped feed into ongoing lobbying work, and exposed the real life impact on individuals. By completing this new survey, you will be directly contributing to the evidence case that will be used in the Comprehensive Spending Review. The information you provide is critical and fundamental to placing artists and independent art workers first in the next phase of recovering from the Pandemic. Your involvement is critical.  The survey will take 10-12 minutes. Deadline to participate is 31st August. The survey can be accessed here: 

QUESTIONNAIRE to analyze the Effects of the Covid 19 Pandemic on the Arts in the UK and the Perception of Collectivity in Art

Dr. Begum Kosemen is an academic from Istanbul / Turkey working on different aspects of the relationship between the arts and the economy for 15 years. As a social scientist, Dr. Kosemen has been conducting studies independently in London since 2019. The subject of Dr. Kosemen's research is to examine the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on artists/art workers in the UK and offer potential benefits of art collectives if applicable. Dr. Kosemen is seeking participants to take part in a  survey as part of this research, you can read more and take part in the survey here.

Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS)

EVENS is the UK’s first and largest survey of its kind to document the impact of Covid-19, and the lockdowns, on the lives of ethnic and religious minority people. Led by the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE), the survey aims to transform the policy landscape, inform work and campaigns for racial justice, and create a data legacy by providing robust evidence on a comprehensive range of issues facing ethnic and religious minority people during the pandemic.
Read more about the survey and take part here.
Culture Restart Toolkit

Culture Restart Toolkit from the Insights Alliance

Free tools designed for cultural organisations at all stages of reopening, helping to track audience and visitor sentiment, and build up a national picture for the benefit of the whole sector. The Culture Restart Toolkit is delivered by three prominent UK consultancies - Indigo, Baker Richards and One Further - working together as the Insights Alliance to help the cultural sector gather the essential audience insight needed to plan for a successful recovery and restart.
Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS)

Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS)

Aiming to document the lives of ethnic and religious minorities in a time of crisis, this major new survey will help understanding of the realities facing ethnic and religious minorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the first and largest of its kind in the UK and will collect data on how the pandemic is affecting minority groups, asking questions about education, employment and economic wellbeing, housing and your neighbourhood, social and political participation, health, ethnic and religious identity, and experiences of racism and discrimination. To take part you need to be aged 18 or over and identify as from an ethnic or religious minority group. If you are eligible, you will be sent a link to fill in the survey, or you can take part over the phone. If you complete the survey in full, you will receive a gift voucher.

Arts Council England – Impact of Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief (MGETR)Survey

To help understand the impact of Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief (MGETR) on organisations, Arts Council England are asking organisations to complete this survey.  Responses to this survey will help Arts Council England and partners evidence the impact that Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief has on organisations, ahead of the Spring Statement on 3 March. Survey closes Monday 25th January 2021.

Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief: An open Letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak

CVAN have organised an open letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak  about the importance of the Museums and Galleries Exhibitions Tax Relief on the Visual Arts and how to support an art form that plays a central role in the UK’s economy and society. Please share with your networks & especially with your local MP. Read the full letter here:

Culture at Risk Register Survey- January 2021

The Mayor of London's Culture at Risk Office are reaching out to all building-based cultural and creative organisations that have registered with their office during the COVID-19 pandemic to find out how well the Government's support packages are addressing their needs at this point in the crisis. Most importantly, they are looking to hear what support you might need with regards to applying to DCMS Culture Recovery Fund Round 2, distributed by Arts Council England, with a deadline on 26 January. Please let them know by completing this very short survey, before Monday 18 January.

Creative Industries Federation – COVID-19 Creative Industries Impact Survey

Creative Industries Federation are seeking input to give collective voice about the impact of COVID on the creative industries for both organisations and individuals. Take the survey here.

Cultural Learning workforce survey – organisations

The Cultural Learning Alliance exists to champion a right to arts and culture for every child. To do this they need a vibrant workforce to deliver cultural learning. If you are employed or were employed in 2020 by an organisation, please fill in this survey of 19 questions about any redundancy risks or cuts to contracts for cultural learning in your organisation.