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Digital Culture 2014

Results from the 2014 survey of how arts and cultural organisations in England use technology

Tandi Williams
Dec 2nd 2014

The results of Digital Culture 2014 are live.

Download the report

We’re now in the second year of this 3-year study tracking how arts and cultural organisations in England use technology.  Almost 1,000 organisations participated this year, giving us the richest picture yet of digital activities, importance and impact in the arts and culture.

Whereas the 2013 survey found relatively fast rates of technology adoption, this year’s survey paints a picture of organisations consolidating their digital activities and enhancing their impact. Three out of four organisations now say that digital technology is having a considerable positive impact on their ability to fulfil their mission effectively.

One of the key trends emerging from the study is the growing importance of digital technology for arts and culture business models. Significantly higher numbers of organisations are using technology to generate new revenue streams, and the top 3 activities foreacast to grow in 2015 all relate to raising funds.

2014 report

With detailed longitudinal analysis planned for 2015, this 2014 report explores what has changed in the past 12 months. It also analyses the characteristics of those organisations experiencing major positive impacts, and their digital plans for the year ahead.

Fact sheets

A series of fact sheets are also available for download, highlighting key findings for the six main sub-sectors included in the study:


We are also sharing the data publicly through a dedicated online portal, in the hope that the study can be a valuable resource for others in an ever-changing digital landscape.

Access the portal 

Organisations who participated in the study are able to compare their answers with others of a similar type, size and location, and anyone interested can filter the full sample to view the results for a particular part of the sector.

We hope the study can be a valuable resource of information and inspiration in an ever-changing digital landscape.

Share your thoughts

We would like to hear your thoughts on this research, and welcome further analysis and discussion of the findings.

Please share your questions, comments and ideas by leaving a comment below, or join the conversation on twitter, using the hashtag #artsdigital.

Image credits

I by Gina Czarnecki (UK). Developed in collaboration with Professor John Girkin and Cristiana Cavina-Pratesi, produced by Forma. Supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award and Durham University. Originally commissioned and produced by Artichoke for Lumiere Durham, 2013. Photo Matthew Andrews.

Design: Ryan Thompson