Research, ecosystem consulting, cultural sector
The project was an initiative of British Council UK under the Cultural Skills Unit (CSU) team. The project provides a contextual overview of India’s cultural sector landscape (Policy; Funding; Growth etc.), cultural-education landscape (Availability of technical arts training; Apprenticeships; CPD courses etc.) and the socio-economic landscape. The research contributes to a greater understanding of the skills gaps (technical and transversal, not artistic) and labour shortages affecting the cultural sector in India, including any differences or similarities across sectors and cities.
Key players addressing the skills gaps and shortages were identified, as well as an outline of market demand for their products (if applicable). The research was closed by providing clear recommendations to inform the development of new evidenced-based programmes and products that addresses the gaps or need. Recommended business models for these programmes were included.
The project entailed primary face to face interviews, secondary research, group discussions and online surveys of more than 40 organisations across categories of arts across three cities, Bengaluru, Chennai & Kolkata. The categories of arts for the research recognised by British Council were:
The current research from 5 cities in India has been put together as cultural skills gap India report by the British Council CSU team. More details about the British Council CSU initiative can be found here.