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Welcome to the FailSpace 'Honesty Box' Online Survey!

Thank you for considering taking part in the FailSpace 'Honesty Box' Online Survey.

This survey forms part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project, 'Cultural Participation: Stories of Success, Histories of Failure', conducted in collaboration between University of Leeds and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. The research is founded on theories about the value of recognising and learning from failure. However, we feel that in the UK narratives of failure are largely overlooked in cultural participation policies and projects and this absence reduces the capacity for learning and change.

The aim of the FailSpace project is to provide space for alternative voices and stories to be heard and to encourage the confidential sharing of stories of failure about cultural participation policies and projects in the UK.

Filling in this survey

Anyone who has been involved with cultural participation policies and projects in the UK can take part in this survey (e.g. artists, funders, commissioners, arts managers, participants, producers, etc.). You only need to answer the questions that you wish to but we are particularly interested in your stories of (or thoughts about) failure(s) in relation to cultural participation policies and projects that you might otherwise feel unable to say publicly.


We want to promote discussion about failure - while recognising that there are sometimes personal and professional disincentives for doing so publicly. As such, this survey is fully anonymous and you will not be asked to provide any personal information e.g name, organisation, telephone numbers, address or email address.

We are enormously grateful for your thoughts and experiences.

What we do with the information that we gather from survey responses

This research will be independent of all policy making bodies, but seeks to inform policy practice. Research findings and quotations from this survey may be shared in the form of a book, journal articles, industry report, website, social media and/or a creative output.

By continuing with this survey you are granting your consent for us to make use of the information that you provide. However, your participation is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw from the research at any time until January 2020 when the research will be written up. To do so, or if you have any questions about this survey, please email Lucy Wright on