Brits finding their creative streak in lockdown by cooking and gardening

Brits finding their creative streak in lockdown by cooking and gardening

NEARLY half of adults don’t consider themselves to be artistic – despite enjoying creative hobbies such as cooking, photography and gardening.

The study of 2,000 Brits revealed 42 per cent of those put it down to not having the imagination, while 30 per cent simply "don’t know how to be" artistic.

But 60 per cent would like to be more creative, although blamed a lack of time, inspiration and even money for holding them back.

Despite this lack of inspiration, the research found seven in 10 will take part in artistic hobbies three times a week or more, including listening to music, reading a book, singing or dancing.

The survey was commissioned by Sky Arts as the TV channel becomes free for everyone to watch on Freeview channel 11 and Freesat channel 147.

Philip Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts, said: “When you hear the word ‘artistic’ you might immediately think of being a good painter or great at singing, but it can be anything that draws on your imagination.

"Whether that’s baking a cake, taking a photograph, dancing in a TikTok or writing a letter.

"That’s why we’ve thrown open the doors to make Sky Arts a TV channel that’s free for everyone to watch, inspiring people to connect with their creative side and explore all of the activities the arts sector has to offer.”

Top 30 interests people have:

1. Reading
2. Gardening
3. Cooking
4. Baking
5. Exercise /keeping fit
6. Photography
7. DIY
8. Playing board games
9. Looking at art
10. Writing
11. Playing computer games
12. Painting
13. Drawing
14. Craft projects such as making gifts or cards
15. Knitting /crocheting
16. Playing sports
17. Singing
18. Interior design
19. Playing a musical instrument
20. Dancing
21. Yoga
22. Orienteering /hiking
23. Posting pictures and/or videos on social media
24. Reading to their children
25. Meditation
26. Keeping a journal
27. Making/editing videos
28. Engineering
29. Mixing cocktails
30. Writing poetry

The research also revealed 41 per cent enjoy taking the time for more imaginative interests because it helps them to relax.

A further four in 10 said it makes them feel happy, with 30 per cent feeling more content when doing something creative.

And one in 10 even said it makes them feel younger.

The research also showed how trends have changed as a result of the pandemic, with 30 per cent missing nights out at the theatre and 36 per cent longing for a trip to the cinema.

Almost three in 10 have felt incomplete without frequent trips to museums to stimulate their artistic passions, while 27 per cent want to return to music venues and concerts.

Many of those polled also admitted they couldn't imagine a world without books (50 per cent), music (48 per cent), TV (44 per cent) and films (30 per cent).

In fact, two-fifths would feel bored and even sad if they lived in a world where they couldn't enjoy creative interests.

But in a bid to keep their creative juices flowing during lockdown, 75 per cent made sure their artistic pursuits don’t fall by the wayside – or have even done more of the things they are passionate about.

For more than half, this helped them to relax, while 45 per cent said it helped to support their mental health, according to the OnePoll data.

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