Participating and attending

Our research helps us to improve our understanding of how and why people engage with the arts.

This page includes details of the Taking Part Survey, the Active Lives Survey and audience data and insights, and the Culture and Sport Evidence programme (CASE).

Rosanna Tat and Cornelia Turner-Klier of Park Bench Dance Theatre, sitting at a table with a candle lighting the room.

The Active Lives survey

The Active Lives Survey explores participation in leisure and recreational activities, including sport, physical activity and culture. The survey is led by Sport England in partnership with the Arts Council, Public Health England and Department for Transport

A large crowd mingles in a large indoor space.

Culture-based segmentation

To gain further insight into attendance and participation across the country we commissioned a culture-based segmentation of households in the UK

A nurse talks to a mother and child in a library.

What do people want from libraries?

The research explored what the public wants from library services, and provides pointers for how councils, faced with difficult financial choices, should shape the service for the future

Front cover of "Dance Mapping - A window on dance 2004 - 2008" report

Dance Mapping

The Dance mapping research, A window on dance, offers a deep insight into the breadth and range of dance work now happening in England.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Rosanna Tat and Cornelia Turner-Klier, Park Bench Dance Theatre. Photo © Park Bench Dance Theatre 2. Luke Pell performing Weathered. Photo © Luke Pell 3. Audience at Free Word Centre, London. Photo © Free Word. 4. Participants at Hamworthy Library. Photo © Michael Cameron Photography. 5. Photo © David Tiernan / The Sage Gateshead 6. Front cover of "Dance Mapping - A window on dance 2004 - 2008" report 7. BFI Love Season, Drive-In Cinema, AND Festival 2015. Photo © Chris Foster / Abandon Normal Devices. 8. New Wolsey Theatre: Our House cast. Photo, Mike Kwasniak. 9. Gecko Theatre: Missing. Photo © Robert Golden. 10. Turner Contemporary: You Are Here workshop 2011. Photo, Benedict Johnson. 11. Bow Arts Open Studios '13. Photo © Ollie Harrop / Bow Arts Trust. 12. Other Side by Chiharu Shiota at Towner Gallery. Photo © Alison Bettles / Towner Gallery.