Edge of an Era: Event

Walking tour departs 5.30pm

Event starts 7pm

Free, Booking Essential


To celebrate the 30th anniversary of EDGE 88 we are holding a special event in one of the original locations of this seminal performance art festival, St James’s Church, Clerkenwell in London.

Thirty years after EDGE 88, Helena Goldwater and Rob La Frenais (former editor of Performance Magazine and Director of EDGE 88), in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency (LADA), are revisiting this and other 1980s performance art events in Edge of an Era, a series of activities connecting influential artists from the 1980s with current generations.

Edge of an Era will shed light on underrepresented performance art histories that have had a significant influence on current art practice. This first phase of the project has involved five new artistic commissions, archival digitisation and workshops  in London and Northumberland.


4 February Programme:

5.30pm - Walking Tour

A walking tour of the street and sites of EDGE 88 in Clerkenwell will depart from St James’s church at 5.30pm. The tour will last for one hour and be led by Rob La Frenais (original curator of EDGE 88).

Spaces are limited and booking for this is essential. Please note that there is a separate booking form for the walking tour and the event.

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7pm - Presentations, Screenings and Performances

The event will include introductions from Helena Goldwater, Rob La Frenais and Alex Eisenberg (LADA), the launch of the  project website, as well as dialogues, screenings and presentations from some of the original EDGE 88 artists (full list of artists to be announced soon).

Across the evening we will also present a series of specially commissioned new works by artists who have responded to the archive that we have been collating as part of Edge of an Era.


The Edge of an Era commissioned artists are:

Robin Bale who is responding to BLED EDGE (EDGE 88) by Alastair MacLennan. 

Zvikomborero Mutyambizi who is looking at Mona Hatoum’s Reflections on Value (EDGE 88) and Hidden from Prying Eyes (At the Edge, 1987).

Something Other (Maddy Costa, Diana Damian Martin and Mary Paterson) who will explore the notion of correspondence with feminist practices from the late 80s.

Adam Patterson who will make a performative video work in search of Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston (EDGE 89). 

Morgan Quaintance who is making a moving image work pitched between documentary and abstraction, comprising of newly shot footage and archival materials relating to the Bow Gamelan Ensemble’s work emanating from At the Edge (1987).


In addition to being presented at the event on 4th February these commissions will also be featured on the new website created especially for Edge of an Era.


About Edge of an Era

In the late 1980s, Performance Magazine (1979-1992) started presenting some of the first site specific performance art events in the UK, including Art in Danger, At the Edge and Last Sweat of Youth at the Diorama and AIR Gallery. This culminated in EDGE 88, one of London’s first site-specific performance/installation festivals, which was attended by artists such as Helena Goldwater, who was at the start of her career. Thirty years later, Helena Goldwater and Rob La Frenais, in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) are revisiting this and other 1980s performance art events.

More information on Edge of an Era



St James Church is accessible via ramps up to the West door, owing to the building’s restrictions these are steep so please use with caution (please note there is no disabled toilet in the church).



Edge of an Era is curated by Helena Goldwater and Rob La Frenais, Alex Eisenberg and Live Art Development Agency.

It is produced in partnership with Artsadmin and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, supported using public funding by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants with additional activities made possible through the Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant from Art Fund.


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Date: 4 February 2019

Time: 19:00

Venue: St James Church, Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1R 0EA

Tickets: Free

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