Dr Elizabeth Dobson joins the UACA team

The Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts (UACA) team is now complete, with the appointment of Dr Elizabeth Dobson as research support officer, working part-time on the project from 1st May. Elizabeth is a scholar of American Literature, with particular skills in research management and communication that will be invaluable …

Dr Sarah Price joins UACA research team

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Price, who has been appointed Research Associate on the AHRC-funded ‘Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts’ project. Sarah completed her Collaborative Doctoral Award research with SPARC, and brings her experience of researching with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to the UACA projects’ new partnerships in Birmingham, …

Ulysses Network connections

Delighted to be connecting with the Ulysses Network of researchers investigating audience experiences of contemporary music across Europe. Stephanie Pitts is external supervisor for Gina Emerson, a PhD candidate at the Institute for Cultural Innovation Research (IKI) at the University of Music and Drama in Hamburg. Read more about Gina …

Pastures new for the SPARClets

Congratulations to Sarah Price, who is now juggling the final stages of completing her PhD with a new post as researcher in Arts and Community at Trinity Laban, London. Sarah is working with the dance and music faculties and their learning and participation departments, with a focus on the impact of arts …

SPARC in Venice

Sarah and Lucy have enjoyed presenting at the “Decoration of performance space: meaning and ideology” conference, which took place last week in Fondazione Cini, Venice. As well as exploring this beautiful city, Lucy and Sarah were able to take part in exciting discussions around the impact of venue on audiences …

BCMG project report now available

Our collaboration with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and partner organisations across Birmingham has come to the end of its first funded phase.  You can read our project report here, which includes interesting observations on people’s routes into contemporary art, and the factors that help create welcoming conditions for engaging with new …

Katy Robinson at Youth Music

Congratulations to former SPARC research assistant Katy Robinson, who is now working in the research and evaluation team at Youth Music.  Katy worked on the AHRC Cultural Value project during her time in Sheffield, as well as on a Youth Music funded project in nursery schools across Sheffield.  Look out …

New research associate at SPARC

It’s a great pleasure to announce that Dr Jonathan Gross will be joining SPARC as a research associate from 1st October 2014, heading up our collaboration with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on the project ‘Understanding audiences for the contemporary arts’.  Jonathan joins SPARC after completing a PhD on Proms audiences, …