VASW 2024 Artist and Artworker Survey Report

This report includes key data and high­lights the needs and expe­ri­ences of artists and art­work­ers in the South West

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In September 2023 VASW launched a new Artist and Artworker Survey. 318 responses were received from across the region.

We’re pleased to share the Survey Report with you which highlights the needs and experiences of artists and artworkers in the South West, including key data around pay, employment and funding; and the sector's diversity and barriers to inclusion.

Data Overview

  • 318 participants completed the survey: offering insights into the visual arts sector of the South West.
  • Independent Majority: 71% identify as independent, with 57% having over a decade of experience.
  • Work Dynamics: 46% work from home, 28% within a 10-mile radius, and 20% pursue visual arts online.
  • Educational Background and Relocation: 75% attended art college, 60% studied in the South and West, 38% relocated for involvement in visual arts.
  • Financial Snapshot: Diverse incomes, with 13% earning none, 36% under £5k, and 5% over £30k. 29% have other income sources, and 27% rely solely on visual arts income.
  • Barriers: Barriers include studio space, cost of living, confidence, technology access, and caring responsibilities.
  • Priorities: People want Visual Arts South West to focus on studio space provision, funding, training, advocacy, networking, support for visibility, opportunities, accessibility for disabled individuals, a communication hub and regional network expansion.

We hope this report will help individuals and organisations and have created a new resource - Strengthening Your Funding Applications (access via the link below), which shows how data in the report can be used to create cases for investment. We’ll also be using the data to support informed decision making and help to set key priorities for the future of visual arts in the South West.