INFORMATION SHEET FOR PARTICIPANTS

The study is approved by the University of Sunderland.
YOU MAY PRINT OFF THIS INFORMATION SHEET, should you wish to keep it.

Title of study
Is there an appetite from individuals and organisations to have art works that they have created displayed as augmented
reality?

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Thank you for taking interest in this research, conducted by a postgraduate researcher at the University of Sunderland. Before you decide whether you want to continue, please take some time to be informed about the scopes of this research and what it will involve for you. Please take the time to read the following information carefully. If there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information, please email George Stoker at bh26lv@student.ac.uk

What is the purpose of the study?
The aim of this study is to ascertain to what extent artists are interested in having their works displayed as augmented reality (AR).

Why have I been invited to take part?
We are looking for adults, aged 18 and over, from a wide range of backgrounds who self identify as artists.

What will happen if I take part?
Taking part in this study involves completing an online survey. You will be asked to complete questions from a questionnaire about your experiences of and attitudes towards augmented reality. This online survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and you can complete it at a location of your choice.

There is an optional second part of the study that you can volunteer for and if you are willing to be included in this then please provide an e-mail address at the end of the survey. If selected for the second part of the study, which consists of a 20 minute interview, you will be emailed with a different information sheet. The interview will be carried out by telephone or if you can attend the University of Sunderland campus then a one-to-one interview could be arranged instead. No expenses or payments can be provided for these interviews. 


Do I have to take part?
Participation is completely voluntary. You should only take part if you want to and choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in anyway. You can stop at any time by closing the web browser if you change your mind after starting the survey. Some of the questions are compulsory, such as the consent form at the beginning of the survey. Otherwise, the questions are not compulsory and you can freely move around the survey.  You may choose to return surveys that are partially completed. Your data will still be used in the analysis even if it is partially completed. 

If you choose to create a unique participant identifier when asked at the end of the survey, you are able to withdraw your data from the study up to 2 days after completion or by the 19th September 2019 (whichever date comes first). You may wish to make a note of your unique participant identifier and the contact details for the researcher and keep them in a safe place. 
If you have provided a unique participant identifier and wish to withdraw, please email the lead researcher (details below), report on your wish to retract your data, use your unique participant identifier but please do not reveal your name. 

Please note withdrawal of your data after 2 days after completion or by the 19th September 2019 (whichever date comes from) will no longer be possible due to the start of data analysis.

What are the possible risks of taking part?
There are no foreseen disadvantages or risks to you from your participation in this study.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
Participation in this study is not likely to provide any direct benefit to you as an individual at the time of taking the questionnaire. However, you will be helping to develop an augmented reality tool that could potentially increase the audience numbers for your work and that of other artists and so bring extra exposure, clients and sales.

Data handling and confidentiality
All data will be kept entirely confidential and treated in strictest confidence and accessed only by the the student researcher organising the study. Data will be stored securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act (2018). Taking part in the survey is completely anonymous. All data will be destroyed on 1st October 2019. 

If you would like to be considered for the second part of the study, then please add an email address at which you can be contacted at the end of the survey. No names or physical addresses will be collected (except if you are a one-to-one interviewee in part two of the study when a forename will be needed to facilitate contact). 

All email addresses (and, if provided as explained above, forenames) which are collected as part of the study will be stored securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act (2018) and destroyed on the 24th September 2019.


What will happen to the results of the study?
The results will form part of a postgraduate study in the field of Participatory Arts and Media. The study will be presented as course work by the student in the form of written work and a possible presentation to students and staff. If suitable, the results may also be presented at academic conferences and/or written up for publication in peer reviewed academic journals.

Who is organising and funding the research?
George Stoker is organising the research. There are no funding implications associated with this research.

Who has reviewed the study?
The University of Sunderland Research Ethics Group has reviewed and approved the study.

Contact for further information:

George Stoker
bh26lv@student.ac.uk

Doctor Caroline Mitchell (Programme Leader MA Participatory Arts and Media, University of Sunderland)
Email: Caroline.mitchell@sunderland.ac.uk

Doctor John Fulton (Chair of the University of Sunderland Research Ethics Group, University of Sunderland)
Email: john.fulton@sunderland.ac.uk
Phone: 0191 515 2529

Thank you for reading this information sheet and for considering taking part in this research.


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