Another visit to Birmingham

Fellow audience researchers, Tim Wall, Paul Long and Jez Collins invited Stephanie Pitts to give a research seminar at Birmingham City University, where she enjoyed interdisciplinary discussions on ways of engaging audiences in research and understanding their experiences. Further discussions with colleagues at Birmingham Contemporary Music Group followed, exploring possibilities …

Would you credit it?

Combining her SPARC-related interests with another strand of her research on students’ experience of higher music education, Stephanie Pitts has completed a PALATINE (Higher Education Academy) funded project on students’ engagement in extra-curricular learning.  Founding SPARC member, Kate Gee, and another research assistant, Sophie Redfern, carried out interviews and focus …

IAPS 22 in Glasgow

Chris Spencer has presented a paper on behalf of the SPARC team at the International Association of People-Environment Studies in Glasgow. With the title Symphony and the City: place-  and organizational-attachment of concert audiences and orchestral players, the paper used theories from environmental psychology to understand performer and audience interactions in …

SPARC launch meetings

SPARC was launched in June 2010 with a symposium on Qualitative Research with Audiences at the University of Sheffield’s Humanities Research Institute. The symposium brought together UK researchers from disciplines including arts management, marketing, psychology and music to share methodological approaches and to discuss future directions for audience research in …