The Stage is reporting the results of a theatre industry survey that found major concerns about the future of arts in education in schools.
Small-scale touring, the development of new creative talent and diversity were also identified as the areas facing the biggest challenges over the next decade.
Around 700 people responded to a survey conducted by arts consultants BON Culture, which aimed to provide a snapshot of the state of the industry in 2016, its future over the next 10 years and what the industry considers to be the biggest issues.
Respondents scored issues a number between one to six according to how positively they felt about the future – with one being deeply pessimistic and six extremely optimistic.
Across the board, the topic of arts education demonstrated the most acute concern from respondents, scoring an average of 2.24. The deepest pessimism came from respondents in Yorkshire and Northern Ireland.
Most respondents (84%) were more negative than positive about the prospects for arts opportunities in schools over the next 10 years, with one in three declaring they were deeply pessimistic about the future…
BON Culture’s David Brownlee said: “Pessimism about arts opportunities in schools and the development of new creative talent are clearly linked.”
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