Belfast Telegraph

Arts sector employment in province hits 33,000

A NEW publication by the Arts Council has shown that the number of people working or self-employed in creative employment in Northern Ireland rose from 28,000 to 33,000 from 2001 to 2007.

The document details the impact of the arts on Northern Ireland's social and economic regeneration. The Digest of Arts Statistics captures data on consumption, employment, public expenditure and income generated by the arts sector.

Arts Council director of strategic development Nick Livingston said that the publication was important in light of the recent Spending Review.

"A key priority for government is growing a dynamic, innovative economy," he said.

"This represents a considerable challenge given the current economic downturn but it also places an onus on public bodies to produce the evidence of key outputs and outcomes.

"The arts and business worlds are increasingly recognising the benefits of working together. It is vital that government maintains its investment as this provides the anchor to enable arts organisations to lever private sector investment."

Belfast Telegraph