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 with a team of researchers, policy consultants, artists, musicians and project partner organisations across the UK to study the creative process and audience reception to new material. The researcher will also work closely with SPARC to share our understanding of audiences.

Deadline: 7th November 2017. Find out more here.


“Modern Fairies and Loathly Ladies” surfaces the experience and knowledge of creative artists in the work-in-progress stage and drills down into audience and performer experience through targeted, qualitative investigation. Taking the storyworld of British folk-tales and -songs about fairies and the supernatural, twelve musicians, writers and artists will work collaboratively to produce new songs, stories, poems and artwork based on traditional themes, exploring how this material can be remediated and made relevant to modern audiences. The new works will be performed in six informal ‘Gatherings’ at Bristol Old Vic. The performance format is open-ended and flexible, allowing artistic responsiveness to individual audiences. Rehearsals and public engagement events provide occasions to explore the processes both internally and for external audiences.