Every year the Taking Part Survey collects information from a nationally representative sample of adults and children about their attendance at a wide variety of arts events, museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites. It also asks about participation in creative activities and sport, and motivations and barriers to engagement.
The main survey has been running since July 2005. A longitudinal element was added in 2012/13 so that a number of the same adults and children are revisited and interviewed every year.
The Taking Part Survey is commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in partnership with Arts Council England, Sport England and Historic England.
What does the survey tell us?
Statistics on adult engagement with arts and culture are published every six months and a child report is published each year. All publications are available on the Taking Part website.
'Focus On' reports which use the most recent data to examine key topics are published twice a year. Recent reports include:
Taking part data analysis tools
DCMS has published a set of online data analysis tools. These tools are designed to make data from the Taking Part survey more accessible, allowing you to produce be-spoke tables and explore the survey.
Find out more about regions and artforms
Find out more about arts and cultural engagement by region and artform with our profile reports:
- East Midlands 2015/16
- East of England 2015/16
- London 2015/16
- North East 2015/16
- North West 2015/16
- South East 2015/16
- South West 2015/16
- West Midlands 2015/16
- Yorkshire 2015/16