How we got here…

Arts Research Digest first appeared as a print journal in 1994. It had its genesis in the charitable arm of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) , known as National Campaign for the Arts (Research) Limited.

In 1993, NCA Chairman David Pratley, and fellow Board member Nancy Balfour, were inspired to create Arts Research Limited, to filter, collate and distribute new socio-economic research for the arts and cultural sector.

The innovative, impartial, and easily accessible information service that became Arts Research Digest met with high demand both in the UK and overseas. 

Our ethos of knowledge-sharing, neutrality, peer-support and partnership working ensure the continuing popularity of our service two decades on.


Nancy Balfour

Denys Hodson

Paul Allin (current)

Directors and Trustees

Jamie Allen (current)

Wendy Baron

Stephen Boyce (current)

Stephen Cashman

Dudley Coates

Jonathan Croall

Bill Dufton

Jennifer Fitzgerald Edward

Lawrence Harbottle

Sarah Havens (current)

Jennifer Hinves (current)

Madeline Hutchins

Charles Morgan

Lord Morris of Castle Morris

Simon Mundy

Andy O’Hanlon (current)

Simon Olding

David Pratley

Seona Reid

Stephen Remington

Sara Selwood (current)

Phyllida Shaw (current)

Russell Willis Taylor


Lynn Cain

Iain Gasse

Lin O’Hara

Roise Ni Bhaoill

Nessa O’Mahony

Ann Winter (current)

Supporters and funders

Arts Council England

Arts Council of Wales/Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Past supporters include:

Charities Aid Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation