Open Space Report – “We are all participants now – so what is the future for presentational arts?”

SPARC hosted an Open Space event at the University of Sheffield on 20th September 2018. Arts professionals, practicioners and academics gathered to discuss the provocative theme: “We are all participants now – so what is the future for presentational arts?”. Read our report on the event to find out what went …

Open space: What is the future for presentational arts in a participatory world?

Our research on the ‘Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts’ project has led us into the minefield that is ethical, diverse, engaging research about arts practices in contemporary society. As we enter the second year of our project, we’d like to face up to those challenges and to provide an …

Is music the most democratic art form? Making Music, Making Communities symposium report released

On 29th June, SPARC and the Urban Institute hosted a one-day, interdisciplinary symposium, convening a gathering of researchers and practitioners from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. SPARC research fellow Dr Michael Bonshor has written the following reflective report on the day – read it here!     

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 …

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 …