Creative Consulting & Development Works

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Project: Research in Respect of the State of the Arts in Cape Town

Client: City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department
Duration: April 2015 - August 2015

The Arts, Culture and Creative Industry (ACCI) in Cape Town is broad, multi-dimensional, and caters for various tastes, ages, and interests of Cape Town’s diverse population. Noting the lack of consolidated, reliable quantitative data for this sector; the City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department (ACD) contracted Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) to conduct research on the state of the arts sector in the city. This research encompassed the collection of quantitative and qualitative data from entities from four key segments of Cape Town’s ACCI sector (i.e. funders, organisations, venues, and events).


Project Name:                     Research in Respect of the State of the Arts in Cape Town

Client:                                       City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department

Project Duration:              April 2015 – August 2015

Sector:                                      Local Government; Arts and Culture

Service provided:              Research

The aim of this research was to provide an overall picture of the current state of and recent trends in the ACCI of Cape Town, and to situate key individual actors within this overall picture. In other words, the aim was

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Our Approach:

In close collaboration with the ACD, the research was carried out over a period of 5 months, commencing in April 2015 and running until August 2015. The necessary indicators were collected for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 from a predetermined list of entities within Cape Town’s ACCI. The data was captured in MS Excel spreadsheets to facilitate longitudinal data collection and comparison by the ACD in the future. The data collected was analysed in an effort to develop an overall picture of the current state of the arts sector in Cape Town and of recent trends in the sector. To be able to gain a comprehensive picture of the ACCI in Cape Town, it was important to first identify the diverse range of entities that comprise the four key ACCI sectors namely (a) funders, (b) organisations, (c) venues and (d) events. A total of 88 entities were identified by the ACD. The data collection process was divided into two components; (1) desktop research where secondary data was collected by reviewing publicly available documents of entities and thereafter, (2) information that was not publicly available was then collected by interviewing representatives of each entity.


The research provided the ACD with a reasonably comprehensive map including the gaps of the ACCI landscape in the City of Cape Town. It also provided the ACD with databases captured in excel spreadsheets that can be easily maintained for future research to be conducted.