Brits say they do not feel creative – despite hobbies such as cooking and photography

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A study of 2,000 Brits revealed 42 percent of those put it down to not having the imagination, while 30 percent simply ‘don’t know how to be’ creative. But 60 percent would like to be more creative but blame 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.”

The research also revealed 41 percent 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 percent 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 percent missing nights out at the theatre and 36 percent 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 percent want to return to music venues and concerts.

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

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 percent 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 percent said it helped to support their mental health, according to the OnePoll data.

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

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