Established in 1999, the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) is the world’s leading organisation for Live Art, producing specialized projects, opportunities, resources and publications for those who make, watch, research, study, teach, produce, present, write about and archive Live Art, and creating conditions in which diversity, innovation and risk in contemporary culture can thrive. 

LADA is a 'Centre for Live Art': a knowledge centre, a production centre for programmes and publications, a research centre setting artists and ideas in motion, and an online centre for digital experimentation, representation and dissemination. 

LADA works strategically, in partnership and in consultation with artists and organisations across the cultural sector to develop new artistic frameworks, legitimize unclassifiable artforms, and give agency to underrepresented artists.

The Live Art Development Agency: 

  • Houses the Study Room, a unique open access research library;
  • Runs Unbound, the world’s only dedicated online shop for Live Art books, DVDs and limited editions;
  • Pioneers models of artistic and professional development, dialogue and debate; contributes to groundbreaking research, study and teaching;
  • Coordinates Live Art UK, the national network of Live Art promoters;
  • And develops ways of increasing access to, and engagement with, Live Art through curatorial projects, programming partnerships and publishing.

All aspects of LADA’s work are informed by issues of difference and diversity, and are grounded in a commitment to creating the conditions in which innovation, experimentation and risk can thrive, and to developing new forms of public engagement and new discourses around the nature, role and value of contemporary culture.

LADA particularly supports the most challenging artists, practices and ideas of contemporary culture, including emerging artists, and artists from culturally diverse backgrounds.

LADA is an independent organization with six core members of staff, and responsible to a Board of Directors. In 2010, we established a Patrons list of inspirational artists who champion our work.

We are based in The White Building in Hackney Wick, East London. Run by Space Studios, The White Building focuses on innovation and creative practice at the intersection of art, technology and sustainability. The building is a creative lab with studio space for practicing artists and organisations, a residency space, an event space and the Crate Brewery & Pizzeria.

“LADA is an uncompromising, astonishing and vital resource in the field of Live Art in the UK and beyond.” -- Tim Etchells, LADA Patron

The Live Art Development Agency is funded as a National Portfolio Organisation by Arts Council England, London.

The Live Art Development Agency is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England and Wales, number 3651554.

The Live Art Development Agency is a Registered Charity No. 1079943.