Arts Council Malta partnered with the National Statistics Office to carry out the first Cultural and Creative Practice Survey to map and explore the working conditions of artistic, cultural and creative practitioners in Malta so as to develop further understanding on what drives and determines their practice. This report presents finding from this survey, carried out in November 2019, shortly before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruptions in social, cultural and artistic life that came with it. The findings are being published now as they present a valuable snapshot of the conditions under which artistic, creative and cultural practitioners operated prior to the changes brought about by the pandemic, as well as the attitudes, desires and self-perception of practitioners. Between 2023 and 2024 another follow-up survey will be taking place so as to ensure comparability and a longitudinal understanding of the trends that determine cultural and creative practice in Malta. The target population for this survey consisted of all persons aged 16 years and over, living in private households in Malta. A total of 2,375 persons were contacted for this survey where 1,019 participated, while another 1,244 persons were not eligible to participate. Data was collected by means of Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) by the National Statistics Office (NSO).
A quick glance at the findings reveals that the total number of persons who practised at least one cultural, creative and artistic activity during the twelve months prior to the data collection, was estimated to stand at 27.9% of the total population. Such cultural, creative and artistic activities included not just the visual arts, music, dance, but also crafts, creative computing, creative writing and other activities. 48.7% of these were males and almost half (48.1% ) of the p ersons practising cultural, creative and artistic activities were between 16 to 34 years of age. 53.7% of males who practiced an activity were aged 16 to 34, compared to 42.7% of females. Accordingly, when we only take this particular age group into account, we find that, in absolute numbers, there were more males (31,022) than females (25,948) practising at least one cultural, creative and artistic activity.
For more information the full report can be downloaded here. This is a publication by Arts Council Malta and the National Statistics Office.
The findings can also be visualised using the new online data dashboard, which can be used to create customised charts and comparisons using the survey dataset.