The exploratory processes and practices of Live Art often ask for different approaches to curatorial strategies, issues of artist and audience development, and questions of policy and provision. The Agency was set up as a new model of support, offering curatorial collaborations, consultancies, partnerships, and information and advice for UK and international organisations engaging with, or wishing to engage with, Live Art.
The Agency collaborates with organisations ranging from museums and galleries, to arts centres, theatres and festivals on curatorial initiatives to raise the profile and position of Live Art, and contribute to strategies for artist and audience development. These projects include Live Culture at Tate Modern, the China Live touring programme, the Variety Acts at De La Warr Pavilion, and Stanley Picker Gallery’s Louder Than Bombs.
The Agency undertakes consultancies and collaborations with organisations on the development of Live Art programmes, policy and provision. These projects include the Marked symposium for Arnolfini, Bluecoat Arts Centre’s Live Art programmes for the Liverpool Biennial, Chinese Arts Centre’s VITAL festivals, and Chelsea Theatre’s Sacred seasons,
The Agency works in partnership with organisations including Live Art UK and the Live Art Advisory Network to advance the Live Art sector in London, the UK and internationally. To further interdisciplinary dialogues, the Agency also works in partnership with organisations representing other artistic sectors, including the Theatre Department of Arts Council England on Programme Notes and the African and Asian Visual Arts Archive (AAVAA) on Documenting Live!
The Agency advises a range of international organisations and festivals, which have included DaDao Festival (Beijing, China), Festival de Performance de Cali (Colombia), Extravagant Bodies (Zagreb, Croatia), and Khoj Live (Delhi, India).
Through its Unpacked programmes, the Agency also curates bespoke screening programmes for UK and international festivals and events drawing on the Agency’s extensive Documentation Bank to represent a diverse range of practices and approaches