28 April 2020

University of Sheffield’s support for the region's cultural sector in Covid-19 response

A new survey will create a snapshot of the immediate impact of Covid-19 pandemic on festivals, venues, events and cultural organisations across the region.

Sheffield Makes Music venue
  • New survey will create a snapshot of the immediate impact of Covid-19 pandemic on festivals, venues, events and cultural organisations in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham
  • Study will estimate the financial impact, changes to visitor numbers and how organisations are adapting
  • Results will help identify the support needed for the sector to recover

Evidencing how the Covid-19 pandemic could impact the creative and cultural sector in South Yorkshire is the focus of a new survey created by the University of Sheffield and councils across the region.

We want to understand how the current situation is affecting the sector and then use the data to look at how the sector can be supported to recover.

Professor Vanessa Toulmin

Director of City and Culture

The aim of the survey is to create a snapshot of the immediate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on festivals, venues, events and cultural organisations in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham.

Led by the University’s Director of City and Culture, Professor Vanessa Toulmin, the survey is looking to estimate the financial impact, changes to visitor numbers, and how organisations have adapted to deliver events in alternative ways.

Professor Vanessa Toulmin said: “The region is home to a wonderful, eclectic mix of creatives, many of them small and independent, who all contribute to the vibrancy and individuality of South Yorkshire.

“Working with Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Councils, we want to understand how the current situation is affecting the sector and then use the data to look at how the sector can be supported to recover."

“I am confident that audiences will return to the region’s performance venues and festivals and, as a University rooted in the city, we want to do what we can to support that.”

Leanne Buchan, Head of Creative Programming & Engagement at Rotherham Council said: “Many of our artists and cultural organisations are small and fleet of foot relying on a great number of events and festivals throughout the year. This research will help to provide important evidence to build the case for additional support for one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy and prepare the sector for its vital role in the recovery and rehabilitation of our communities post Covid-19.”

The data collected will be aggregated and analysed by the University and shared with Sheffield City Council, Barnsley Council, Rotherham Council, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England.

To complete the cultural organisation, festival or venue survey, please visit the appropriate link:
Sheffield: https://forms.gle/fMgBNRmVphGDQFf49
Barnsley: https://forms.gle/9LZuggftT6qQTTRw7
Doncaster: https://forms.gle/UJdjPEEv1CxwdEkU7
Rotherham https://forms.gle/JvQYebD2jnqS1Z2V9