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The impact of arts and culture on our economy can be measured in different ways. Our evidence review explores this impact on a national level, looks at spill-over impacts such as tourism, local economies and on individuals such as artists, and how they form part of our economy.  

Some statistics we've found are:

  • the UK arts and culture sector employs over 110,000 full time equivalent employees, over 99,000 of which are based in England
  • one example of local impact would be the 500,000 first year visitors the Hepworth Wakefield welcomed, who contributed £10 million to the local economy
  • however, the report also identifies that there are significant evidence gaps when it comes to reporting the economic impact of grassroots arts activites

For more, read the full report: The value and impact of arts and culture on people and society - an evidence review.

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