twitter YouTube LinkedIn

Calling cultural audiences and DIY creatives: share your creative and cultural experiences during Covid-19

A blue rectangular graphic reads: 'Share your story, help us build a collective understanding of the part culture and creativity as played in our lives during Covid-19."

Do you have a creative project produced during lockdown that you want to share? A moment of cultural engagement that means a lot to you? Did you take part in a creative activity in your community that you want to shine a light on?

The Centre for Cultural Value is leading a national research project exploring how and why people have engaged with cultural and creative activities during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project will help us better understand the value of culture and creativity to people’s lives and communities.

If you value culture and want to add your voice to a collective understanding of the part culture and creativity has played in our lives over the last 18 months, then we invite you to share your experience on our  storytelling community – Valuing Culture.

The storytelling platform has been created as part of our national research project exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the cultural industries across the UK. It has been designed to help people record their experiences of taking part in events or activities with cultural organisations, and their everyday creative activities at home or online, with families, friends or communities.

Who’s this for?

Valuing Culture has been specifically designed with individuals in mind – whether you’re part of a community, voluntary or amateur group or just yourself, your friends or your family – we want to hear about your experiences of creative and cultural activity during the pandemic.

If you work for a cultural organisation we’d like you to share this with your participants and audiences. Valuing Culture is a platform to record individual experiences and isn’t designed for cultural organisations to submit their own case studies.

Why should I take part?

  • By taking part you will be lending your story and your experience to research that will inform those directly responsible for supporting culture in communities and across the UK.
  • Sharing your story is an opportunity to capture and reflect on your own creative projects or cultural activities.
  • Valuing Culture offers a chance to connect your story with like-minded people in your community or interest area.

How do I take part?

Please visit Valuing Culture, create an account, and add your story.

What is the timeline for this project?

  • Our research team will be conducting analysis of the stories uploaded to Valuing Culture in late October, so if you have a story to share, we’re asking you to upload it between now and 23 October.
  • If you’d like to know more or have any questions about the project, please contact:

A note on confidentiality
This platform has been developed as part of a national research project. Stories you contribute to the Valuing Culture platform will be part of a wider analysis by researchers examining the impact of the pandemic on the cultural and creative industries. You can contribute your stories anonymously or under a pseudonym if you prefer and you can withdraw consent for your stories to be used at any time. Your stories will also be available to view by visitors to the platform.

If you’d like to know more or have any questions about the project, please contact:

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of UKRI’s Covid-19 funding.


Related news

Experiencing Leeds 2023: A volunteer at Leeds 2023 takes a picture during a 'soundwalk' called As You Are, pointing their phone upwards to the ceiling in Leeds County Arcade.

New Evaluation Learning Space unlocks hidden insights

The Centre for Cultural Value is launching an online resource hub to uncover the learning hidden in evaluations from the ...
Brightly coloured illustration. At the foot of the illustration there are four people, out of their heads come shoots that are all tangled up. They lead to mushroom type shapes with the words "exchange" "details" and "stories"

Discover new visual ways to think about co-creation

At a time when the cultural sector is increasingly invested in “co-creation” – what does the process look like in ...
A group of people talking in a circle at Rising Arts Agency's 'This Is The Work' event, surrounded by shelves of books at Bristol's Bookhaus bookshop.
Rising Arts Agency - This Is The Work (Photo by Olu Osinoiki)

This Is The Work: reflecting on new research findings about power in partnerships

How do power imbalances manifest in creative partnerships - and how do we remove the impact of these imbalances from ...
Pam Johnson is dressed in black and sitting on a table against a white background. To the site is a plant in a terracotta pot.

Talking cultural policymaking with Pam Johnson, Leeds City Council

Policymaking can seem to many a mysterious process. Meanwhile, the term 'policymakers' can conjure up ideas of a homogeneous group ...
Performance of 12 last songs. Colourful confetti in the foreground obscures the image.
Quarantine's 12 Last Songs, at HOME Theatre Manchester. Photo by Chris Payne.

In Arts Professional: The Beauty Project

Artist Sarah Hunter, physicist Rox Middleton and philosopher Lucy Tomlinson spotlight what they learnt from spending a year exploring the ...
Two people using a digital touch screen together in a museum

Watch online: Evaluation for Arts, Culture and Heritage Workshop

Have you taken our new free-to-access online course, Evaluation for Arts, Culture and Heritage: Principles and Practice? Did you miss ...

Keep in touch,

Sign up to our newsletter