Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre

At SPARC, we study audiences, performers and live music, using empirical approaches in order to understand arts experiences.

Research highlight

This project ran from 2017–2020 and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The project involved arts organisations in Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Bristol and Sheffield, who worked together to conduct a national survey investigating how the contemporary arts feature in people's lives.

Find out more about the research and see our Understanding the Contemporary Arts Handbook.

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