Arts and culture in figures

Arts and culture has an impact and that is reflected in the research and the figures that are published across the various professional fields. Collect data which you can use to substantiate your story.

What do you use data for?

Figures about the arts and culture sector provide insight into the size of the professional group or field. That says something about the importance thereof. You can also examine this per field: for example, how many shows take place each year, how many architects are there or how many visitors do museums attract?

Pay careful attention to the context when using statistical data. For example, look at the scale: are you talking about impact at the level of a neighbourhood, town or city, region, nationally or internationally? From the Dutch perspective, it is relevant to know that approx. 410,000 people work in the cultural and media sector and that the share of total jobs is approx. 4.3%.

You can use research to elucidate the impact of your own work or field. Place figures in perspective by making a comparison, for example, with an average figure and substantiate your own story in that way.

Where can you find statistical data?

You will find quantitative data and qualitative and thematic analyses about the Dutch cultural sector in the Cultuurmonitor (Cultural Monitor) of the Boekman Foundation. You can also turn to this for figures about the various professional fields In addition, the Dutch Chamber of Commerce provides figures about the number of employees, self-employed professionals and institutions in the various occupational groups, including the ‘culture and sport’ industry. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and municipalities present statistical data.

Via representative bodies
In order to be able to properly support the interests of a specific field and their own members, representative bodies often conduct research themselves too, for example by questioning their own members or supporters about specific themes. This information is usually presented publicly too. There are various national professional organisations that make an important contribution in this way towards promoting the interests of their own professional group and towards arts advocacy in general. You can also take advantage of these figures in order to substantiate your own story.

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Representative bodies

Er zijn in Nederland in 2019 ongeveer 15.000 beeldend kunstenaars actief. (Cultuurmonitor, 2021)

In 2017 hadden we 440 galeries voor hedendaagse kunst in Nederland. Waarvan 82% met een vaste expositieruimte. (Nederlandse Galerie Associatie)

In 2017 kregen musea meer dan 34 miljoen bezoekers, waarvan 8,9 miljoen aan beeldende kunst musea. Presentatie-instellingen zijn goed voor 0,4 miljoen bezoeken en galeries krijgen jaarlijks tussen de 1,4 en 1,5 miljoen bezoekers. (Cultuur in beeld 2017)

Bron: Cultuurmonitor - Beeldende kunst
Bron: Nederlandse Galerie Associatie - sectoronderzoek galeries
Bron: Cultuur in beeld 2017