Written evidence submitted by Crafts Council



Pulse Survey: how have young creatives been affected by COVID-19?

The Crafts Council is the national development agency for craft in the UK. We shared an online survey via our social media networks, asking created aged 15-30 to tell us about how they had been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This survey can be found here.


As of 15/4/20, we have had 52 responses to the survey; 12% of respondents were under 18, 52% were aged 18-24 and 36% were aged 25-30.


Key themes emerging from the results included:

'I will probably miss some teaching (or have to teach myself) which will have a significant impact on my GCSEs'

-          51% of respondents predicted that the crisis would have a negative impact on their degree of HE course

-          53% were concerned about hot having access to workshops and studio spaces to finish work

'The lack of support for masters students--we have been told to still do our exams when I have no way of making work as my course is practical. There is no thought to the added impact and stress this has.'

'I'm in the final year of a ceramics degree--degree show has been cancelled, as have many graduate shows we were planning on doing this summer. It's also very hard to stay motivated to finish the degree, working from home only on digital/written work without access to facilities and materials..'

-          67% were concerned about loss of income as the result of the crisis

-          47% were worried that the crisis would impact their ability to secure work as a designer/artist/maker

'I left my home and my job for a long term artists residency that was cancelled after one week. I have nothing to go back to'

'After working hard to build my career, worried I’ll have to start over again.'


April 2020