New study on links between communities and leisure time music groups

The beneficial effects of music on the health and well-being of participants are well known, but what about its effect on local communities? A new report on the impact of music on local communities, authored by SPARC director Professor Stephanie Pitts, is launched today. Working in conjunction with a leading …

Modern Fairies and Loathly Ladies

Great news for Dr Fay Hield, music lecturer at Sheffield University and SPARC member, who has received a research grant for her new project ‘Modern Fairies and Loathly Ladies’. The project will be exploring traditional British folk tales, their modern relevance, and collaborating with artists to create new work. Also in collaboration …

Congratulations Dr Sarah Price and Dr Lucy Dearn!

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Price and Dr Lucy Dearn, who graduated on 20th July with doctorates from the University of Sheffield’s Music Department. Dr Price and Dr Dearn worked with SPARC on their AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards and Dr Price is currently Research Associate on our UACA project. Here they are celebrating …

Dr Jonathan Gross on creating cultural democracy

Dr Jonathan Gross (a former post-doctoral research associate at SPARC) has co-authored a new report that calls for ‘everyday creativity’ to be taken seriously. Only 8% of people make regular use of publicly funded art, but every day people are getting creative by making their own versions of culture. Towards Cultural …

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, …

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 …