New UACA networks launch

We are very excited to announce the dates of our newest network launches! Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts (UACA) will be hosting launch events in London, Bristol and Liverpool on the dates noted below. We have already celebrated the successful launch of UACA in Birmingham, at the most recent …

UACA featured in ‘Arts Professional’ and ‘The Stage’

We’re excited to see that our Understanding Audiences for Contemporary Arts (UACA) project has been recognised recently by two leading industry publications. You can read the article in Arts Professional (the UK’s arts management journal for industry professionals) here, and read about UACA in The Stage (the world’s longest-running publication for the performing arts industry) here. …

Congratulations Dr Sarah Price and Dr Lucy Dearn!

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Price and Dr Lucy Dearn, who graduated on 20th July with doctorates from the University of Sheffield’s Music Department. Dr Price and Dr Dearn worked with SPARC on their AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards and Dr Price is currently Research Associate on our UACA project. Here they are celebrating …

UACA gets underway with the Birmingham Contemporary Arts Network

Exciting start! UACA truly got underway on 14 July with our first network meeting with the Birmingham Contemporary Arts Network (Bham CAN). We met at the beautiful CBSO Centre, Birmingham, generously hosted by one of our four UACA lead partners, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.  We look forward to working with Bham CAN …

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 …

New article on “audience exchange”

SPARC is happy to announce the publication of a new article by Prof. Stephanie Pitts (SPARC Director) and Dr Jonathan Gross in the online journal Arts and the Market:  “ ‘Audience exchange’: cultivating peer-to-peer dialogue at unfamiliar arts events” The paper demonstrates the usefulness of the “audience exchange” approach for audience development …