The power of performing
"There's something that happens when you get up on stage with a group of performers and just put on a show. You may not be the greatest actor, dancer, musician or singer but the confidence that comes from expressing yourself creatively is phenomenal.
"Many of us know how that can feel, and research also shows that involvement with the arts can measurably improve our health, well-being and quality of life. What better way could there be to do this than in a new, state-of-the-art performing arts centre for everyone who lives and works in the Chew Valley?" Steve Conway
Economic value of the arts
UK government figures show the creative industries are growing at almost twice the rate of the wider UK economy - generating £9.6million per hour.
- Lakes Alive, an outdoor arts festival in Cumbria, has seen local economic impact measured between £2million and £3 million benefit to the Cumbrian economy each year between 2009 and 2012
- Anvil Arts Trust in Basingstoke (which runs The Anvil, The Haymarket and The Forge, and gets most of its funding from the local council) generated a net economic impact to the borough of £5 million (2010 economic impact study)
- £13.9m = impact on Kent's economy by the Turner Contemporary in Margate in its first year
- £12.4bn = aggregate turnover of businesses in the UK arts and culture industry 2011
"When we talk about the value of arts and culture to society, we always start with its intrinsic value: how arts and culture can illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world." Arts Council 2014
This is what we cherish.
However, we also understand that arts and culture has a wider, more measurable impact on our economy, health and wellbeing, society and education. It’s important we also recognise this impact to help people think of our arts and culture for what they are: a strategic national resource.
The value of arts and culture to people and society outlines the existing evidence on the impact of arts and culture on our economy, health and wellbeing, society, and education.
"I love cross-generational work: performances where people come across others from all walks of life and where a sense of common purpose comes to the fore.
"It's good for mental health, community cohesion, life-long learning, and building audiences for the future. It supports our highly successful creative industries. It happened in London 2012, it can happen in the Chew Valley in 2018!" Geraldine Hill-Male