Music & Sport: Knowing the Score Conference

Fields of Vision
Music Leeds
Leeds Arts Research Centre
Carnegie School of Sport
Hosted by The School of Film, Music & Performing Arts, Leeds Beckett University
Fields of Vision

26th June 2019, Leeds UK

Call for Papers 2019

From team songs sung after a match to Arthur Honegger’s 1928 ‘Rugby’ symphonic movement; from terrace chants to Neil Hannon’s ‘Duckworth-Lewis Method’ concept album, sport and music have always been inextricably linked. Both produce moments of community, transcendence, and emotional resonance – and both are vital components of the past, present and future of modern culture.

In 2019 the ‘Fields of Vision’ sport and art network will be hosting ‘Knowing the Score’ a one day conference to bring together scholars, practitioners and the public to discuss the wide and varied links between music and sport. There will also be performances of musical works specially commissioned for the conference.

Building on the success of previous ‘Fields of Vision’ conferences, we want to attract the widest possible participation, enable new approaches, and forge new collaborations.

So we welcome proposals for papers (twenty minutes in length, no more than six slides), panel discussions (ideally featuring practitioners and scholars) or performances (no more than twenty minutes) – and we would especially welcome new and innovative approaches to presentations.

The final date for submitting proposal(s) for consideration is Thursday 28th February 2019. All proposals are to be submitted by email to Dave Turner:

Acceptance of papers/workshops will be confirmed by Friday 8th March 2019.

We are planning a special issue of an academic journal based around presentations at this conference. If you would be interested in turning your conference presentation into a full journal article please highlight this when submitting paper proposal.

The ‘Music and Sport – Knowing the Score’ conference will be held on Wednesday 26 June 2019 in the Lewis Jones Suite of the world-famous Headingley Stadium in Leeds from 10am to 6pm.

Conference admission delegate rates are as follows:

Full / Waged = £25.00
Student / Unwaged / OAP = £20.00

Conference passes can be purchased via Leeds Beckett University’s online store.

For the 2019 ‘Music and Sport – Knowing the Score’ conference, six bursaries are available for free access for Leeds and district based composers or practising/emerging musicians to be attendees and participants at the conference. The six places are available to people who are unwaged, students or self-supporting. For further information about available bursaries please contact conference organisers.

For more information or to register your interest, contact: David Turner at / 0113 812 3330

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Sport and the arts: international perspectives seminar

The Culture, Place and Policy Institute (CPPI) at the University of Hull is very pleased to invite you to this seminar, organised in collaboration with Fields of Vision: Sport and the arts: international perspectives 

Monday 11th December 2017 from 4-6.30pm

The speaker will be  Pierre Lanfranchi, Professor of History at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Pierre is currently working with the Centre International d’Etude du Sport (CIES) as Scientific General Coordinator of the FIFA/CIES International University Network, containing courses in sport management in 17 different countries across the world. He is also the founder and co-director of the Management, Law and Humanities of Sport MA, which is jointly taught by De Montfort University, the SDA Bocconi University in Milan and the University of Neuchatel.

Pierre is the co-author (with C. Eisenberg, T. Mason and A. Wahl) of 100 Years of Football: The FIFA centennial book (Weidenfeld Nicolson illustrated, 2005) and (with M. Taylor) of Moving with the Ball: The migration of professional footballers (Berg, 2001).

Venue: University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull HU6 7RX

Professor Franco Bianchini
Culture, Place and Policy Institute
University of Hull
Hull HU6 &RX
Mobile +44 7975 905144

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Sport in Arts, the Arts in Sport Seminar Series

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has awarded us a grant to establish a research network that will produce a declaration/manifesto on Sport in the Arts, the Arts in Sport.  We have now organised a seminar programme (see below) to help us move towards that goal and because of the role of the LGA we would like to invite you to send a representative to these events. 


This seminar series is designed to support our research network in:

  • examining critically the potential economic, social and cultural benefits from bringing together sport and the arts;
  • fostering collaboration and new work between researchers working in the fields of sport and the arts, across different   disciplines, in part also to begin to address a significant gap in existing research studies in this field;
  • drawing together academics, policy makers, professionals and practitioners working in the fields of sport and the arts and contributing to a shared understanding of synergies and benefits of co-operation.

Because we want the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts we are encouraging people to register for all three seminars, though recognise that not everyone will be able to make that commitment.  Because of that limited number of places, if, having registered, you find yourself unable to come to a seminar, please let us know as soon as possible so that your place can be reallocated, or alternatively arrange for one of your colleagues to attend in your stead.


Seminar Programme

Seminar 1. Participation and audiences, National Football Museum, Manchester, Tuesday 28th June, 2016. 11.00am – 16.30 

Dr Beatriz Garcia (University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University) The Olympics changing participation practices and profiles.

Prof Lynn Froggett (University of Central Lancashire) Audience experience in art-sport: additive? interactive? transformative?

Dr Paul Widdop (Leeds Beckett University) Social stratification across two cultural fields: the juxtaposition of participation in sport and music domains.

To register:

(passw0rd: Sportartsport)


Seminar 2. Aesthetics and representation, The Watershed, Bristol, Tuesday 6th September, 2016. 11.00am – 16.30

Prof Stephen Mumford (University of Nottingham) The aesthetics of sport and the arts: competing and complementary.

Jo Longhurst (Artist) Other Spaces Brazil: an art & sport case study.

Dr Mike O’Mahony (University of Bristol) The art and artifice of sports photography.

To register:

(passw0rd: Sportartsport)


Seminar 3: Wellbeing, social capital and cultural citizenship, The Pavilion, Headingley Stadium, Kirkstall Lane, Leeds, Monday 16th January, 2017. 11.00am – 16.30

11.00 Coffee and registration

Dr Andrew Miles (University of Manchester) Sport, class and everyday/vernacular cultural capital 

Professor David Carless and Dr Kitrina Douglas (Leeds Beckett University) Wellbeing and recovery of military personnel through arts and sports interventions (Chair, Mike O’Mahony)

Prof Franco Bianchini (University of Hull) and Prof Jonathan Long (Leeds Beckett University) New directions in the arts and sport? Critiquing national strategies. (Chair, Mike O’Mahony)

16.30 Close



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Sport in the Arts: the Arts in Sport


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Join us in an AHRC funded research network.

Three one day seminars on aspects of the relationship between the arts and sport are to be held during 2016-17 as follows.


Manchester: Tuesday, June 28.                                                                                      

National Football Museum  

Participation and audiences.

Dr Beatriz Garcia (University of Liverpool)

Prof Lynn Froggett (University of Central Lancashire)

Dr Paul Widdop (Leeds Beckett University)


Bristol: Tuesday, September 6.                                                                                          

The Watershed

Aesthetics and representation.

Prof Stephen Mumford (University of Nottingham)

Jo Longhurst (Artist)

Dr Mike O’Mahony (University of Bristol)


Leeds: Monday, January 16                                                                                                          

The Pavilion, Headingley Carnegie Stadium

Well-being, social capital and cultural citizenship

Dr Andrew Miles (University of Manchester).

Dr Leila Jancovich (Leeds Beckett University)

Prof Franco Bianchini (University of Hull) & Prof Jonathan Long (Leeds Beckett University)


[A further theme, cutting across all three seminars, is how to redress the separation of the arts and sport at the level of national, regional and local policy-making].

**Free Places are available with standard travel cost provision. Priority will be given to attendees who can attend all three or at least two of the seminars**.

Check this website for further details or register on FIELDS-OF-VISION@JISCMAIL.AC.UK

The worlds of the arts and sport are commonly separated in academic study, research, professional practice and cultural policy, even though they both lie within the remit of a single department of Government (Department for Culture, Media and Sport). These three seminars will establish a more formal network of those interested in developing and promoting research, discourse and activities on the relationship between sport and the arts. The seminars will contribute to a special journal edition and a manifesto statement for which we shall invite contributions and arrive at a common declaration of principles and practice. A wide range of individuals and organisations will be invited to become signatories.

The ‘sports in the arts and arts in sport’ is a AHRC funded enterprise of Leeds Beckett University in partnership with Fields of Vision.



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Maximising the Value of Sports and Cultural Events


ESRC Festival of Social Science: Maximising the Value of Sports and Cultural Events

Friday 13th November 2015

This event, held at the imposing cricket pavilion in Headingley, was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. The various speakers approached the issue from different angles and in an informal atmosphere responded to questions from others attending the event. Guess what – there weren’t a lot of simple answers.

Jane Earnshaw, who now works for Leeds City Council, reflected on her work as an independent producer and programmer to encourage us to reconsider what might represent the value derived from arts/sport events. Jane was able to show how some of the projects she had been involved with had engaged people who would not otherwise have been involved in the arts or community activity generally. Her interest is in the transformational, how she can assess that and how she can communicate it to potential funders. From knitted sheds to two and a half thousand decorated Y-fronts and bands or symphony orchestras playing in the middle of a Victorian swimming bath, the originality of projects captured people’s imaginations and facilitated their interaction with others. At times when council finances are under assault Jane says she sometimes worries about taking resources away from other pressing needs to spend on art projects, but then reminds herself, not only of the benefits, but that a £30-40k arts project would only pay for three or four speed bumps. In terms of funding, Jane observed ruefully that it was easier to raise £4m for a building project than the £4k for older (60-90) players.

Emma Wood, from the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University also looked beyond the economic to social benefits and in doing that wanted us to take into account not just the immediate impact that events might have on those attending, but the wider effects on others. She didn’t want to deny benefits ‘in the moment’, but has tried to consider events as tools to achieve something else, with benefits accruing over time and space (to more people). So there may be longer term attitudinal, behavioural or political change. In doing that researchers need to consider who is being reached by the event. Some of the events Emma has considered have promoted pride in place and pride in self: for example, relating to sexual identity (gay pride events) or ethnicity (mela). We were cautioned against making inflated claims about the effects of events. For example, social capital is unlikely to be enhanced by a single event. Our attention was drawn to evaluation of the Shoreditch Festival Trust that led to a smaller event supported by other events through the year with a view to developing people and increasing social capital. We were invited to address the uncomfortable question: if events do deliver the claimed social and economic benefits why are they not still funded in times when that is exactly what is needed?

David Andrews drew on his experience as an independent consultant, and before that head of the Yorkshire Tourist Board, to consider the reasons behind bidding for and winning the right to host major events. These ranged from Royal Ascot in York through the International Indian Film Academy Awards (commonly known as the Bollywood Awards) and Round the World Clipper Race to the Tour de France in Yorkshire. David was sceptical of the scale of economic impact supposedly derived from some major events and pointed to how those for the Tour de France in Yorkshire were revised down after being subjected to scrutiny. Research he had seen did suggest that 30% of Indians have now at least heard of Yorkshire, though they seem to have the impression that it is a suburb of London (in terms of Indian distances it probably is).   David pointed out that it is not unusual for bids to be motivated by political goals, though the London Olympic and Paralympic Games were a bit late for the Labour government (and the Labour mayor of London). One of the implications of what he had to say was that rather than waiting for research to tot-up the benefits after the event potential bidders would be well advised to be more realistic in their assessments before bidding.

Like Emma Wood, ShiNa Li is from the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University. She picked-up the theme of different estimates of economic impact and illustrated how difficult it is to separate the impact of an event from other factors. Whereas it had been expected that the Olympic Games would attract tourists to London, in fact the city had been relatively quiet. The same had been observed in Beijing, but that may have been attributable in large part to visa restrictions being imposed at the time the Chinese government. Converting Olympic venues to shopping malls after the event may not have been in line with Olympic ideals, but the Games had regenerated tourism facilities and the BBC became more positive to China. Partly as a consequence of those difficulties, when examining the impact of the Busan Exhibition and Conference Centre in South Korea, questionnaires had been administered to local residents to identify what benefits accrued. That exercise revealed that people were generally persuaded of the benefits, something that had undoubtedly been assisted by a programme of events for locals.

I know enough about evaluation techniques to treat impact assessments with a degree of caution. I was already inclined to look beyond the economic consequences so was amenable to exhortations to consider the transformative potential of events. However, I am not sure whether Emma Wood’s inclination to move away from a search for a common metric to a story-based approach will carry clout with potential funders and policy-makers.

That was all well and good, but then, as warned, we had to complete an ESRC evaluation sheet.

Jonathan Long

Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure

Leeds Beckett University

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East Street Arts Velo Café Residency


Velo Café Renaissance Residency

Image © Lucy Carolan and Richard Glynn

Velo Café Renaissance was a short residency undertaken by Wideyed members Lucy Carolan and Richard Glynn 17th – 24th October as part of the 2015 edition of lille3000, a 4 month long cultural bonanza that has been happening periodically in and around Lille since the city was selected as a European Capital of Culture in 2004. This opportunity is part of the project Ex(s)ports, a cultural partnership between East Street Arts, L’entorse and Vooruit funded by Creative Europe.   For more info visit East Street Arts  here

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Magic Weekend Fields of Vision Symposium

Magic Weekend Fields of Vision Symposium – Saturday May 30th 2015 – St James’ Park Newcastle

Following the successful 2012 conference, Fields of Vision – the arts in sport, Rugby Cares, the charity of the Rugby League, has invited Fields of Vision to organise a symposium on Saturday May 30th during the Magic Weekend rugby league fixtures to be held at St James’ Park stadium in Newcastle. The Magic Fields of Vision Symposium on the arts in sport will accompany a contemporary dance performance as part of Rugby Care’s Join the Momentum project. There is no registration fee and a complimentary stadium place for the Magic Weekend matches held later during the day of the symposium will be available to all attendees.

The symposium proceedings are to take place on Saturday the 30th May from 11.00 to 15.45 (including lunch) and will feature guest speakers, and a discussion panel on the role of the arts in sport. A provisional programme is outlined below. The programme has been arranged to allow delegates to watch matches and enjoy the accompanying arts events.

Although free, registration is by invitation only –however if you wish to receive an invitation, please give details of your interest and contact


MAGIC WEEKEND – provisional schedule and programme*

11.00 – Gathering, welcome introductions

11.15 – Keynote speakers (x2) and questions

12.15 – Coffee

12.30 – Keynote speakers (x2) and questions

13.30 – Lunch

14.30 – Panel and open discussion

15.30 -15.45 – Closing summary

Invitation to visit exhibition and to view the Strawberry Corner/Fan Zone activities.

16.45 – Hull F.C v Hull Kingston Rovers.

18.30 – Joint the Momentum, contemporary dance performance on pitch, created by Company Chameleon.

19.00 – Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors

*[Keynote speakers and Guest Panel Members include Franco Bianchini (Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning, Leeds Beckett University), Andy Burnham MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Health), Sarah Elston (Project Manager, Rugby Cares Contemporary Dance programme), Alison Clark Jenkins (Head of Combined Arts, Arts Council England), Sally Lockey (Manager of Great North Run Culture’s Million Project), Jim Parry (Visiting Professor in Philosophy of Sport, Charles University in Prague), Chris Rostron, General Manager of Rugby Cares), Jason Wilshire-Mills (former artist in residence, Wakefield RLC]

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The Sporting Statues Project

The Sporting Statues Project records and researches statues of sportsmen and women around the world. Since 2010 they have published numerous academic papers and magazine articles, and collected information on over 1000 statues. This website displays databases for all UK sporting statues, US baseball statues, world cricket statues, and world football statues alongside a database map of where statues are located.

For more information please contact

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Fields of Vision: The Arts In Sport Publication


Cover Photo: Jason Minsky

The publication Fields of Vision: The Arts in Sport resulting from the Conference is available here:

LSA No. 125 Fields of Vision: The Arts in Sport edited by Jonathan Long, Jim Parry, Doug Sandle and Karl Spracklen

The Fields of Vision one day conference on the arts and sport took place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on the 30th November 2012. Convened by Leeds Rugby Arts (Leeds Rugby Foundation) in association with the Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure (RISPAL) at Leeds Metropolitan University, its initial aim was to bring together individuals and organisations from the arts, sport and culture with an interest in the historical, contemporary and future role of the arts in sport. Given the high profile involvement of culture and the arts with sport during the Cultural Olympiad (the four years leading up to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London, 2012) it was envisaged that Fields of Vision would provide an apposite opportunity for sharing experience, discussing issues and establishing an impetus for future initiatives for the arts in sport. An associated Fields of Vision Arts Programme, supported by Arts Council England, was conceived to provide conference attendees and a wider public a more direct experience of the creative arts and their contemporary relationship to sport.

Fields of Vision, while also enabling arts practitioners to benefit from its opportunities for networking and professional development, led to twelve new works in visual art, poetry, performance and the production of a DVD of examples of contemporary art practice related to sport. With a conference that included academics, researchers, arts practitioners, cultural producers and policy-makers, Fields of Vision addressed professional practice in the context of history, theory and policy. In keeping with the traditions of the Leisure Studies Association, the conference brought together different constituents of leisure, in this case the arts and sports. Accordingly, several aspects of the nature of this relationship are exemplified by the papers selected for inclusion in this book; it is a relationship that encompasses, and has implications for, both theory and practice.


Editors’ Introduction
Jonathan Long, Jim Parry, Doug Sandle and Karl Spracklen

Every Stadium Should Have an Art Gallery
Doug Sandle

Performing Victory in Mexico City, San José and Martinique
Mike O’Mahony

The Thierry Henry Statue: A Hollow Icon?
Ffion Thomas and Chris Stride

Sex, Class and the Critique of Sport in Lindsay Anderson’s This Sporting Life
Tony Collins

From V to Y: Leeds United and Northern Realist Writers
Anthony Clavane

Opera Man and the Meeting of ‘Tastes’
Jonathan Long

The Sporting Image: Engaging Students and Staff in Creativity
Iain Adams and Clive Palmer

Movement Inside, Movement Outside: The Arts, Creativity and Sport
Julian Manley

Kick It Out: Art, Sport and Pedagogy
Nigel D. Morpeth

Extreme Exposures: The Practice and Narratives of Channel Swimming as a Methodology for the Creation of Contemporary Art
Lisa Stansbie

Jump and Draw: An Interdisciplinary Project Using Art and Sport to Create a Third Space of Learning in Primary School Education
Paul Digby and Liz Stirling

Create The Physical: imove and the Art of Human Movement
Tessa Gordziejko

Appendix: The Fields of Vision Arts Programme
Doug Sandle

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On the Edge: The Moving Body in Art and Sport

Photo of work by Mandy Long

Photography by Kathryn Smith

Mandy Long’s ceramic sculptures are on display at Headingley Carnegie Stadium Cafe until 6 December. The exhibition demonstrates Mandy’s fascination with competitive sports and with contemporary dance. Her figurative ceramic and glass sculptures are made using the raku firing technique, and invite the viewer to take a closer look at fleeting moments that show the strength and fragility of the human body. The exhibition is open daily Mon-Fri from 9..30-4.30pm and the cafe is accessible from St Michael’s Lane, LS6 3BR.

The exhibition is part of the Fields of Vision – the arts and sport conference and arts programme convened by Leeds Rugby Arts (Leeds Rugby Foundation) and the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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