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 …

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 …