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National survey identifies cities creative tendencies

Posted on in Creative News

A creative map of the UK reveals its artistic hotspots, with Plymouth apparently the knitting capital, Bristol emerging as the drawing capital, London the place for sculpture, Leeds for street art and Sheffield for colouring.

Mark Cass, of Cass Art, an art materials retailer, commissioned a national survey to identify which creative activities made the strongest showing in particular cities.

"Creativity is something that is very much in all of us - and it has changed. For example, with mobile phones we can all walk around taking pictures," Cass said.

"There are some really interesting findings as you move out of London."

Cass does not claim to understand why some areas favour particular hobbies. Sheffield for colouring? "Absolutely no idea why that is," he said. "Plymouth may be historic because of ships going out on long voyages and women staying behind, hence the knitting."

Becky Dodman, who teaches textile practices at Plymouth College of Art, identifies another contributory factor: sheep. "We are close to Dartmoor and the availability of wool from whiteface Dartmoor sheep," she said.

Judy Milner, a London-based sculptor, is not surprised that the capital emerges as a hotspot for her art. Sculptors such as Anthony Caro, Damien Hirst and David Mach have exhibited large, eye-catching public pieces in the city.

"In London it's easy to make sculpture when you are a broke student: the city provides plenty of material for installations," said Milner. "Just walk down the road and you'll see a skip."

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