The number of artists practising and/or living in Greater Manchester is currently unknown. 'Artists in Greater Manchester' aims to test census data collection methods and collect some data about the number of artists currently living and/or working in Greater Manchester.

The research is being undertaking by the Manchester Institute of Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) at Manchester Metropolitan University and Castlefield Gallery. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Cultural Engagement Fund. As we are using various networks and mailing lists to promote this study, we apologise if you have received this link a number a times. Please only complete the survey if you live and/or work as an artist in Greater Manchester.

The data collected will be anonymised in any resulting publications or discussions and will be used to help Castlefield Gallery and the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) in their work with artists. Key findings will be shared with other arts organisations, including Local Authorities, to inform and promote wider knowledge exchange.

Your details will not be retained by Castlefield Gallery or MIRIAD unless you give permission for this by providing your contact details in Question 16, with automatic entries into 2 prize draws.

Your details will not be passed on to any other organisation unless you request for your email address to be added to the H. Blyth & Co. mailing list and prize draw in Question 17.

The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and is open for six weeks until Friday 26th April 2013. Prize winners will be contacted after this date.

Update: The prize draws for this survey closed at midnight on Friday 26th April. The survey will remain live to capture data of artists who did not participate before this date, but you will not be eligible to enter the prize draws. Prize winners will be contacted shortly and announced on the Castlefield Gallery website in due course. A huge thank you goes to the 500+ artists who have already taken part.

* 1. Name:

* 2. Age:

* 3. How long do you considered yourself to have been a practising artist?

* 4. Which of these terms best describes your career stage as an artist?

* 5. Does your primary income come from your arts practice?

* 6. Did you state 'artist' as your primary occupation on the 2011 census?

* 7. What is your primary practice as an artist?

* 8. What formal arts education have you received? [Please tick all that apply]

* 9. Are you currently a student?

* 10. Length of time since graduating from BA (if applicable):

* 11. Do you live and/or work (as an artist) in Greater Manchester?

* 12. Please provide the postcodes of your home and work (as an artist) addresses:
(NB. These details will not be published or used in any way that makes your specific postcode identifiable)

* 13. Do you intend to continue your practice in Greater Manchester?

* 14. Are you a member of any artist's studio groups, networking initiatives or collectives?

* 15. How did you find out about this survey? [Please tick all that apply]

* 16. Are you happy for Castlefield Gallery and MIRIAD to retain your contact details for future correspondence?
Your details will not be passed on to any other organisations and by agreeing to this, you will be entered into a prize draw, with two prizes on offer:

1st prize - One year annual membership of CG Associates (worth £60).
2nd prize - A portfolio review/critique session with Kwong Lee, Director of Castlefield Gallery.

* 17. H.Blyth & Co, a specialist arts supplier based in Stevenson Square in Manchester ( is offering a further prize draw for £100 arts supplies. If you would like your email address to be added to Blyth's mailing list and entered to this separate prize draw, please provide your email address here:

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Please forward the link for this survey to all other Greater Manchester artists in your formal and informal networks. A paper version of this questionnaire is available upon request for artists without Internet access.

If you have any further questions or require a paper version of the questionnaire, please contact the lead researcher Dr Alison Slater by email: or post: Dr Alison Slater, Room G15, Contemporary Art History Dept., Grosvenor Building, All Saints Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, M15 6BR.