Audience Research in the Arts Conference 3-5 July 2019

Audience Research in the Arts Conference

3–5 July 2019, The University of Sheffield

Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre (SPARC) is hosting a conference in partnership with the International Network for Audience Research in the Performing Arts (iNARPA), The Audience Agency, Routledge, The University of Leeds and Deakin University, to bring together researchers and industry professionals who investigate audience engagement with the arts. This conference comes at the culmination of two substantive contributions to the field of audience research at The University of Sheffield; the Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts (UACA) study and the Modern Fairies project. The conference will also celebrate the publication of a Cultural Trends special double issue on ‘Audience Data and Research’ and launch a sector-facing handbook from the UACA project. It will feature sharing sessions from the two research projects and papers from contributors to the special issue. #ARITAconf

Conference programme

Registration costs

Registration is now closed.

Conference bursaries

A limited number of bursaries are available for those who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference. Each bursary will cover the full cost of the conference fee, and may also cover related transportation and accommodation costs where a strong case is made. Applicants who are members of an underrepresented group in this research area may be given preference (underrepresented groups include but are not limited to: ethnic and racial minorities, people with disabilities, freelance arts sector workers and creative professionals).

Application Procedure and Deadline
To be considered for a bursary, the following material must be submitted by 15 April 2019:

1. A completed application form 
2. An up-to-date C.V. (please email this to

Decision Notification
The conference committee will notify all applicants of the outcome of decision process via email by 29 April 2019. Bursary recipients must accept or decline their bursary within one week of notification.

For further information, please contact Elizabeth Dobson at

Conference dinner

Delegates are invited to a conference dinner on the evening of Thursday, 4 July at DINA, a local arts venue in Sheffield city centre – directions to DINA. Tickets are now sold out.

Travelling to Sheffield

The conference will take place at The Edge, University of Sheffield. Click here for directions to The Edge. For campus and city maps, parking information, and advice on travelling to Sheffield (from within the UK or from abroad), please take a look at the University of Sheffield’s Information for Visitors.


Accommodation is not provided, but please see our suggestions below (prices correct December 2018). You can find alternative suggestions on the city’s Welcome to Sheffield website.

    • Jonas Hotel (Endcliffe Village) £40 pp/night (N.B. now fully booked, 1 May 2019)
    • Premier Inn (St Mary’s Gate) approx £40 pp/night – recommended budget option

For further information, please contact