Report on impact of Covid-19 on Dundee's Cultural Sector published

Report on impact of Covid-19 on Dundee's Cultural Sector published

The Dundee Cultural Partnership has published the findings of a collaborative research project into Cultural Recovery in the City, led by Dr Lauren England and supported by an Impact and Innovation Development Fund (2021) from the University of Dundee.

The report presents key findings from the 'Dundee Cultural Recovery Project'. The research has generated insights into the impact of the pandemic on the organisations and individual cultural workers (specifically freelancers) who make up Dundee's cultural economy and the role of policy in supporting the City's cultural recovery. The report builds on the work of the Cultural Development Group of the Dundee Partnership, and findings will directly feed into the Covid Recovery Plan being developed by the Cultural Development Group.

Key findings are drawn from a survey of 19 cultural organisations in the City and focus groups and interviews with 26 cultural sector stakeholders and consider workforce, finance, engagement and the wider Covid-19 impact.

Dundee Partnership chair and Council leader John Alexander said:

"The findings of this project highlight the significant contribution and performance of the cultural and creative sector prior to Covid-19 and outline a pathway for recovery.

“The Dundee Partnership recognises and embraces the many ways in which the sector supports the priorities of the City in delivering services and ambitions which help address inclusion, health, attainment and quality of life.”

Judy Dobbie, Director of Leisure & Culture Dundee, added:

“This project enriches our understanding of the impact of the pandemic on the organisations and freelancers who make up Dundee’s cultural economy. We are very grateful to Dr Lauren England for working with us and producing this report."

The project was a collaboration between the Dundee Cultural Partnership, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee, Leisure & Culture Dundee, and Dundee City Council Events Team. With the support of Culture Counts, the report was designed by Jamie Stein, a freelance graphic designer based in Dundee.

To read the full report visit Dundee Cultural Recovery - A Policy Report (

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