Adult participation in the arts in England 2016/17, by activity

Share of adults who participated in the arts in England in 2016/17, by activity*

by Jennifer Luty, last edited Jun 25, 2018
Adult participation in the arts in England 2016/17, by activity This statistic illustrates adult participation in the arts in England, by activity in 2016/17. Of respondents, around 14 percent had taken part in textile crafts such as embroidery or knitting, proving to be one of the most popular activities. Approximately 12 percent played musical instruments for their own pleasure.
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Share of adults who participated in the arts in England in 2016/17, by activity*

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Share of respondents
Textile crafts (embroidery, crocheting, knitting) 14.3%
Painting, drawing, printmaking or sculpture 13.8%
Played musical instrument for own pleasure 11.7%
Photography as an artistic activity 8.9%
Other dance (not for fitness) 6.3%
Used a computed to create original artworks or animation 5.8%
Wood crafts (wood turning, carving, furniture making) 5.5%
Other crafts (calligraphy, pottery, jewellery making) 5.4%
Sang as part of a group or taken singing lessons5.3%
Sang to an audience or rehearse for performance (not karaoke)4.2%
Been a member of a book club 3.9%
Written poetry 3.8%
Played musical instrument to audience or rehearse for performance 3.6%
Written stories or plays 3.2%
Written music 2.9%
Made films or videos as an artistic activity 2.3%
Taken part in a carnival 2%
Rehearsed or performed in play/drama 1.5%
Taken part in street arts 1.2%
Learned or practised circus skills 1.2%
Rehearsed or performed in opera/operetta/musical theatre 0.7%
Ballet 0.5%
Share of respondents
Textile crafts (embroidery, crocheting, knitting) 14.3%
Painting, drawing, printmaking or sculpture 13.8%
Played musical instrument for own pleasure 11.7%
Photography as an artistic activity 8.9%
Other dance (not for fitness) 6.3%
Used a computed to create original artworks or animation 5.8%
Wood crafts (wood turning, carving, furniture making) 5.5%
Other crafts (calligraphy, pottery, jewellery making) 5.4%
Sang as part of a group or taken singing lessons5.3%
Sang to an audience or rehearse for performance (not karaoke)4.2%
Been a member of a book club 3.9%
Written poetry 3.8%
Played musical instrument to audience or rehearse for performance 3.6%
Written stories or plays 3.2%
Written music 2.9%
Made films or videos as an artistic activity 2.3%
Taken part in a carnival 2%
Rehearsed or performed in play/drama 1.5%
Taken part in street arts 1.2%
Learned or practised circus skills 1.2%
Rehearsed or performed in opera/operetta/musical theatre 0.7%
Ballet 0.5%
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by Jennifer Luty, last edited Jun 25, 2018
This statistic illustrates adult participation in the arts in England, by activity in 2016/17. Of respondents, around 14 percent had taken part in textile crafts such as embroidery or knitting, proving to be one of the most popular activities. Approximately 12 percent played musical instruments for their own pleasure.
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