The Creative Voucher scheme enabled small and medium sized businesses to partner with an arts & humanities-based researcher from one of Creativeworks London’s partner institutions. This section shows all of the projects that we have supported. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Creative Voucher Scheme

Q-Art and City University London

SME Partner

Sarah Rowles, Q-Art

Academic Partner

Dr Dave O ’Brien, City University London

Project Title

Networked Value: Understanding the impact of Q-Art

Project Description

Q-Art is an organisation for students, staff, and early career artists that aims to share practice and break down barriers to art education and the art world. It does this through: our monthly open crit programme for artists of all backgrounds to attend or present work in; an annual exhibition for crit presenters; plus publications and videos that feature interviews with art staff, students, and industry professionals from across the UK. A crit is a model of learning that enables artists to present their work to an audience and obtain feedback on how their work is interpreted and how they might take it forward.

The project used Social Network Analysis to help evaluate what impact the crits had on the individual networks of early career artists. The six month project involved interviews with ten participants, five who self-identified as ‘self taught’ and  five fine arts graduates.

The sample size was small but the researchers found that Q-Art did not have a huge impact on the growth of individual networks and that networks tended to generate and expand around particular projects artists are working on. The project found that artists who referred to themselves as ‘self-taught’ were relatively wealthy and had already built up for themselves quite extensive networks in the arts, either through personal connections or a number of short courses. A number of the participants interviewed were wealthy enough to try and pursue a career in the arts and that this supports academic literature, which suggests that the greatest enabler to participation in the arts is money as this gives people the time and security to pursue this.


Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.