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Open for registration: Making Music, Making Communities Symposium, 29 June 2018

Musical groups and organisations shape and are shaped by their localities in a plurality of ways, reaching in and through communities to achieve tangible and intangible impacts. This one-day symposium, hosted by the Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre (SPARC) and the Urban Institute, brings together academic and practitioner networks …

New publication: The Confident Choir

Our SPARC colleague and Music Psychology lecturer, Dr Michael Bonshor, ha sjust published his new book on building confidence in choirs! The Confident Choir: A Handbook for Leaders of Group Singing’ is a practical guide, provideingconductors and scholars with transformative advice for building confidence in choirs. Congratulations, Michael! You can find …

Culture Feast: Spring 2018 Menu

#CultureFeast ROUND TWO has just been announced! SPARC is delighted to be working with contemporary arts organisations in Birmingham to offer audiences something a little different. The Spring 2018 Culture Feast will consist of a 7 course menu of contemporary art for only £30. Book now at culturefeast.org Events from Grand Union, Birmingham Hippodrome, DanceXchange,Birmingham …

AHRC Research Associate Vacancy

Calling all audience researchers! The AHRC-funded project “Modern Fairies and Loathly Ladies” is looking for a vibrant researcher to join the team. The Research Associate role is 2 days a week, based at the University of Sheffield Music Department, beginning 1st February 2018 to 31st August 2019. This role will involve working …

Birmingham Contemporary Arts Network launch Culture Feast

Birmingham’s leading contemporary arts organisations have joined forces to create Culture Feast: a joint ticket that gives access to six theatre, dance, music and art events all for £25 total. This has grown out of the Birmingham Contemporary Arts Network in response to findings from the Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts project at …

Modern Fairies and Loathly Ladies

Great news for Dr Fay Hield, music lecturer at Sheffield University and SPARC member, who has received a research grant for her new project ‘Modern Fairies and Loathly Ladies’. The project will be exploring traditional British folk tales, their modern relevance, and collaborating with artists to create new work. Also in collaboration …

New UACA networks launch

We are very excited to announce the dates of our newest network launches! Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts (UACA) will be hosting launch events in London, Bristol and Liverpool on the dates noted below. We have already celebrated the successful launch of UACA in Birmingham, at the most recent …