Almost half of Brits say they don't have any art supplies in their home | The Sun

Almost half of Brits say they don't have any art supplies in their home | The Sun

HALF of adults don’t have any art supplies in their homes – and a fifth claim they've never picked up a paintbrush other than to decorate.

Research of 2,000 Brits revealed 53 per cent like the idea of art as a hobby, but 63 per cent have never given it serious consideration.

Under 70 per cent didn’t think they had the talent for it and almost one in five worried their work wouldn’t meet their own expectations.

More than half of all respondents admitted they would be nervous about what people would say about their creations.

Six in 10 felt it would be daunting to create something arty, with 28 per cent considering their skillset to be distinctly average.

The research was commissioned by Sky Arts ahead of two Celebrating David Hockney films airing on Monday 28th August and Tuesday 29th August at 9pm.

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It has also launched free creative workshops to help people get in touch with their artistic sides and take inspiration from one of the world’s greatest living artists.  

Presenter Gemma Cairney, who was at Spitalfields City Farm to practise her painting and help launch the workshops, said she would like to see more opportunities to get involved in art.

“Having access to the arts is so important, both growing up and as adults too – we should have every opportunity to get creative."

The study also revealed that many people are keen to have art in their homes, with a third opting to display the works of local artists and 24 per cent putting their kids’ works on show.

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But a third were put off by the cost of trying out, while a fifth didn't think there were enough places in their local area to help explore their artistic side.

As a result, many would like to see more craft stores, art galleries and cultural centres locally, according to the OnePoll data.

A third would be more encouraged to pick up a paintbrush if they had someone to teach them, while 26 per cent would give free activities a go.

Phil Edgar Jones, director of Sky Arts, said: “Our research shows there are lots of budding artists out there just waiting to give it a go, but not everyone has access to the supplies required."

“Our brand new films celebrating David Hockney will give everyone the chance to get up close to one of the greatest artists of our time.

“So if you’re inspired by his work, put your artistic skills to the test for free and join us at one of our workshops up and down the country."

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