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

Registration NOW OPEN for Audience Research in the Arts conference

The SPARC team are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the Audience Research in the Arts conference, 3–5th July 2019, The University of Sheffield Find out more on our conference website! At the moment, we’re busy planning an exciting and varied conference programme, which will be released …

CFP REMINDER and PGR WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT: Audience Research in the Arts

We’re announcing a Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Morning on Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 9am-1pm, at The University of Sheffield. PGRs and ECRs, submit your proposal now! Deadline: 25 January 2019. This session is part of our Audience Research in the Arts conference, 3-5 July 2019 at the University of Sheffield. While postgraduate and …

Call for Papers: Audience Research in the Arts Conference – July 2019

We’re hosting a conference next year with our lovely friends from iNARPA, The Audience Agency, Routledge, The University of Leeds and Deakin University where we’ll be celebrating the end of the UACA and Modern Fairies projects. Submit your papers now – proposals due by the 7th January. For more information, see …

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 …