Data map reveals levels of arts engagement across England


Arts Professional have reported on the Government data, which has revealed local level information on arts attendance and participation across England’s 326 local authority areas for the first time since 2009/10.

The data also reveals artistic engagement by age, socio-economic status, ethnicity and gender.

It will be used by Arts Council England (ACE) to guide investment via is Creative People and Places programme, which supports arts activity in areas with historically low levels of cultural engagement.

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Here are the key findings from the government data:

Areas with the lowest rate of arts engagement
Region Local authority Arts engagement*
North West Blackburn with Darwen 44.1%
West Midlands Sandwell 51.5%
South East Slough 54%
London Barking and Dagenham 55.2%
North West Pendle 55.7%
West Midlands East Staffordshire 56.6%
North West Wigan 57.3%
West Midlands Walsall 57.6%
London Newham 58.1%
East Midlands Ashfield 58.2%


Areas with the highest rate of arts engagement
Region Local authority Arts engagement
London City of London 91.7%
London Richmond upon Thames 88.1%
East Cambridge 86.7%
London Kensington and Chelsea 86.6%
London Hammersmith and Fulham 85.1%
South East Brighton and Hove 84.3%
South East Chiltern 84%
South East Oxford 83.9%
London Islington 83.7%
London Wandsworth 83


Region Arts engagement
South East 74.1%
London 72.8%
South West 72.7%
East 70.3%
North West 67.5%
East Midlands 67.5%
Yorkshire and Humber 66.9%
North East 66.2%
West Midlands 64.8%