Engagement with the arts in the UK has a broad impact which can be measured in three ways: Impact on the UK economy, impact on individuals, and impact on communities.
The UK arts sector contributed £49 billion gross value added in 2022. That's equal to the food and beverage sector and more than the telecommunications sector.
People in the United Kingdom engage with the arts on a massive scale.
A 2023 survey by DCMS found that some 91 percent of UK adults had done so at least once, in one way or another, during the previous 12 months. Seventy-four percent had attended an arts event such as an exhibition or a theatre performance, for example.1 (The sidebar “Mass engagement” gives a more detailed breakdown.)
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