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!     

Open for registration: Making Music, Making Communities Symposium, 29 June 2018

Musical groups and organisations shape and are shaped by their localities in a plurality of ways, reaching in and through communities to achieve tangible and intangible impacts. This one-day symposium, hosted by the Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre (SPARC) and the Urban Institute, brings together academic and practitioner networks …

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 …

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 …

Culture Feast: Spring 2018 Menu

#CultureFeast ROUND TWO has just been announced! SPARC is delighted to be working with contemporary arts organisations in Birmingham to offer audiences something a little different. The Spring 2018 Culture Feast will consist of a 7 course menu of contemporary art for only £30. Book now at culturefeast.org Events from Grand Union, Birmingham Hippodrome, DanceXchange,Birmingham …

Birmingham Contemporary Arts Network launch Culture Feast

Birmingham’s leading contemporary arts organisations have joined forces to create Culture Feast: a joint ticket that gives access to six theatre, dance, music and art events all for £25 total. This has grown out of the Birmingham Contemporary Arts Network in response to findings from the Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts project at …