Social and economic impacts of arts in Surrey

This project aims to engage in an economic and social impact study of arts in Surrey. 

Start date

01 March 2020

End date

01 July 2020


In collaboration with three industry partners: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, The Lightbox gallery and museum and Watts Gallery—Artists’ Village, this project will provide insights not only on an organisational scale, but a wider impact of culminative arts experiences to the social and economic environment of Surrey. By evaluating the impact of both the economic and social contributions to wider society, this project will seek to provide a wider, holistic understanding of the benefits that the arts sector can bring to society.

In addition, by bringing the economic and social impacts of organisations together across three collaborative partners, the opportunity will exist to evaluate the range of economic and social contributions that are being made within each organisation. A mixed-method research approach will be taken, including in-depth interviews and online questionnaire surveys.

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Research groups and centres

We have a world-class reputation for our research in hospitality, tourism, transport and events.

SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT Centre for Competitiveness of the Visitor Economy