Creative Practitioners Survey – Further Information

The East Midlands Creative Practitioners Survey is now closed – we’d like to give a massive thanks to all our participants, and to the project partners and other organisations who’ve supported the research.

We’re currently analysing the survey responses; information about our findings and next steps will appear here in due course. For all the latest updates on CIDA Project, follow us on Twitter: @CIDAProject

Who we are and what we’re doing

We are a research team at the University of Leicester, conducting a study into the professional and wider lives of creative practitioners in the East Midlands. To get a picture of the region’s creative workforce, we’re carrying out a short survey – this includes questions about you as an individual, your artistic practice, and how your career has changed under austerity. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Everyone who fills out the survey will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw, and potentially win one of 4 prizes of £50 of high street shopping vouchers. Winners will be drawn at random after the East Midlands Creative Practitioners Survey closes, and contacted using the details they provide. If we are unable to contact a prize winner, their prize will be reallocated to another entrant through a further random draw.

We are also conducting a series of interviews with creative practitioners. The interviews will explore themes similar to those covered in the questionnaire, and help us find out even more about the experiences of creative practitioners and the professional and personal challenges they face. Interviews take around 1 hour, and are arranged for a time and place convenient to you. Interviews are entirely voluntary, anonymous and confidential. We may not contact everyone who participates in the survey, and participation in the survey does not commit you to being interviewed. However, if you would prefer NOT to be contacted for interview then please tick the box at the end of the survey stating this.

The East Midlands Creative Practitioners Survey is being conducted in partnership with The Mighty Creatives (TMC), the Arts Council England bridge organisation for the East Midlands. Responses will be used to inform a report we’re producing for TMC and our project partners about the effects of government funding cuts on artists in the East Midlands. This report will include policy recommendations to support creative practitioners and increase diversity in the arts sector. We also intend to write academic papers based on the project’s findings.


Confidentiality Notice

All information you give will be entirely confidential and be used for non-commercial research purposes only. Data will be anonymised, encrypted and stored on secure Qualtrics and University of Leicester servers, and cannot be viewed by anyone outside our research team.

We will not share individual data from the questionnaire outside the research team, or with outside organisations including The Mighty Creatives. Reponses will be anonymised and analysed collectively, and nothing that you share will be linked back to you. The information you provide may be used to inform our report for The Mighty Creatives and other academic publications and reports arising from the project. We’ll make sure that any information that could personally identify you is removed prior to publication of documents.


If you have any questions about the research, please email:

Dr Jack Newsinger
(Principal Investigator, East Midlands Creative Practitioners Study)


If you have any ethical concerns or any questions about your rights as a research study participant, please email:

Dr Maria Touri
(Ethics Officer, Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester)