The State of the Arts is a series of surveys conducted between April 2020 and July 2022 which aimed to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Aotearoa’s creative sector.
These surveys aimed to chart the changes in attitudes towards and impacts of COVID-19 on the arts sector over time. Regional-specific reports were also generated from these surveys for Waikato, Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Whanganui a Tara.
This research was conducted by Dovetail, an Auckland-based research and evaluation company, and was distributed via social media and email.
These surveys were funded by Arts Wellington with the support of Wellington City Council (Pōneke), Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi (Tāmaki Makaurau), Creative Waikato and Te Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Find all reports and related infographics below.
In late March of 2020, Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi commissioned Dovetail to undertake a survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Auckland’s creative sector. This was the first State of the Arts survey (or COVID-19 survey, as it was known at the time).
This was followed by a second Tāmaki Makaurau-specific survey in November 2020.
In June-July 2021, Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi partnered with Arts Wellington (with the support of Wellington City Council) and the first quarterly surveys for both Tāmaki Makaurau and Pōneke were generated.
In August-September of 2021, Te Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Creative Waikato came aboard. A regional Waikato survey and the first national survey were created alongside Tāmaki and Pōneke surveys for the quarter.
In June-July 2022, surveys were conducted for all three regions in addition to a national survey.
September-August 2022, again, saw the creation of three regional and the national survey, thus closing the State of the Arts project.