Every six months, we survey all members of the Arts Portfolio Wales. The survey gathers information on the number of arts events run every year and how many people have attended or taken part in the activities. We also compile other statistics (on employment and demographic engagement, for example) which help us to build up a richer picture of the state of the arts in Wales.

The questions asked in the survey cover attendance at arts events, participation in arts activities, broadcasts, streaming, employment and training in the arts, as well as the ‘Protected Characteristics groups’ as defined in the Equality Act 2010.

The 2017/18 findings show that Arts Portfolio Wales organisations delivered a total of 22,381 arts events, generating attendances of 3.8 million in.

There were 58,955 participatory arts sessions run during the year, resulting in 839,373 attendances.

The Equality Act 2010

Following the Equality Act 2010, we have a legal responsibility to ensure that anyone working as an employee for - or using a service provided by - an arts organisation in receipt of our funding is treated fairly. The protected characteristics include: disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, and age (over 50s and children and young people). These protected groups are examined for both those attending the arts, and those working within the arts sector. We also collect data on both Welsh speakers and families.

The survey is one of the publications categorised under our Official Statistics requirements. Our latest Arts Portfolio Wales Survey outlines the full findings financial year 2017/18.


If you’re a member of Arts Portfolio Wales, you can register or log in here to fill out the current survey.

Past publications

To read through the results of previous surveys head to our documents library, or for any other information contact us.