Public launch events for Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts, September/October 2019

We are hosting a series of public events celebrating the culmination of the Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts study. You are warmly invited to attend, so please do save the date! UACA was set up under the umbrella of the Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre at the University of Sheffield, …

New release! Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts Handbook

The SPARC team is excited to announce the release of the Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts Handbook, designed as an introduction to the main findings of the Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts (UACA) project. A series of forthcoming publications will dig into the data in more detail. You …

New article on ‘Spontaneity and planning in arts attendance’ from Sarah Price and Stephanie Pitts

Just published! Check out the new Cultural Trends article from @SPARCsheffield‘s finest, @SarahMPrice1 & Stephanie Pitts – “Spontaneity and planning in arts attendance: insights from qualitative interviews and the Audience Finder database” tinyurl.com/y4vr4ave

New publication: The Confident Choir

Our SPARC colleague and Music Psychology lecturer, Dr Michael Bonshor, ha sjust published his new book on building confidence in choirs! The Confident Choir: A Handbook for Leaders of Group Singing’ is a practical guide, provideingconductors and scholars with transformative advice for building confidence in choirs. Congratulations, Michael! You can find …

Postgraduate opportunities for audience researchers

Long-time friends of SPARC, the ‘Understanding Audiences’ team at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, are advertising a funded PhD project in partnership with the Barbican, with an application deadline of March 28th 2016.  The project will focus in the area of understanding audiences and investigate concepts of ‘audience …

‘Understanding audiences’ symposium April 2015

Many thanks to all those who attended and presented at our one day symposium on ‘Understanding audiences for the contemporary arts’, which included a report of our collaboration with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, invited talks from Philip Thomas (University of Huddersfield) and Kealy Cozens (Sound and Music), as well as …