Round-table Summary and Legacy Event
Date: November 2018 (Date TBC)
Location: School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds
The first public event in Australia: a symposium on current audience research across the artforms was held on 14 March 2018. The symposium comprised of keynote speeches from Dr Caroline Heim (Queensland University of Technology) on The Performing Audience, and Lisa Walsh (Research Manager, Australia Council) on The Participating Audience; featured academic and practitioner papers as well as discussions on audience research techniques, challenges, impacts and trends.
The overarching theme of this Symposium was Innovative methods of researching audiences. We dedicated time during the day to discussing emerging methods and the impact that approaches from disciplines beyond the arts and humanities can have on audience research. The symposium comprised of keynote speeches from Professor Lynne Conner (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and Alan Brown (Principal, WolfBrown) and featured academic and practitioner papers as well as panels and other interactive sessions.
The workshop was facilitated by Lisa Baxter from The Experience Business and brought together those who are interested in raising the profile of audience research and ultimately foster a culture of audience centricity in the arts sector. Artists, academics and practitioners attended and began the conversation about the key issues the network will be exploring over the next two years.