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It takes a region to raise an artist: The Derbyshire report

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posted on 28.07.2020, 08:09 by Antoinette Burchill, Christina Williams, Stefano De SabbataStefano De Sabbata

It Takes A Region To Raise An Artist: The Derbyshire Report (2020) was a report commissioned by ArtsDerbyshire and Derbyshire County Council. It focused on the Derbyshire-specific data from the 2019 research project It Takes A Region to Raise An Artist. This encompassed the Derbyshire visual artists’ experiences, the ‘talent pipeline’ including strengths and gaps, and key recommendations.

The 2019 research was updated to address the implications of COVID-19, and Black Lives Matter Movement, on-and-for visual arts practitioners and the visual arts sector.

The It Takes A Region to Raise An Artist (2019) research offered the first in-depth survey of the visual arts in the East Midlands. Its purpose was to take stock of the region’s visual arts sector, identifying its key institutions, as well as its strengths and constraints, and to discover what members of the community needed in order to fulfil their professional and artistic potential.

The 2019 research was conducted through mapping existing provision and support, an online workforce survey, and conducting 15 one-to-one interviews. This new evidence will inform the development of It Takes A Region To Raise An Artist, CVAN EM’s future programme to further develop the East Midlands as a region where artists and visual arts practitioners can flourish – artistically and economically.

466 individual artists and visual arts practitioners participated in an online survey with 399 meeting the inclusion criteria of: a) professional (not self-defining as an amateur); b) living/working within the East Midlands; and c) self-identifying as a member of the visual arts community.

The research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through a 10-month Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship awarded by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) in 2019. The research was undertaken by the CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester, in partnership with CVAN EM.


Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship programme



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