Audience Research in the Arts Conference 3-5 July 2019

Audience Research in the Arts Conference

3–5th 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.

Conference programme

This will be confirmed by 31st March 2019.

Registration costs

Please remember to book your place at the conference. Registration costs are as follows:

  • Early Bird Rate £150
  • Early Bird Day Rate £80
  • Early Bird Concession Rate (students/unwaged) £60
  • Early Bird Day Concession Rate (students/unwaged) £40

N.B. Early Bird rates expire 10 May 2019. We are hoping to provided a limited number of bursaries, to be announced in due course. Please contact for more information.

Conference dinner

Delegates are invited to a conference dinner on the evening of Thursday, 4th July at DINA, a local arts venue in Sheffield city centre – directions to DINA. Tickets are £20. There are a limited number and they can be purchased alongside your registration (see above).

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 Dec 2018). You can find alternative suggestions on the city’s Welcome to Sheffield website.

For further information, please contact