COVID-19

The LADA team are gradually reopening our Study Room after the long Covid closure that began in March 2020. For information about how to book a session, see details on our Visit the Study Room page.

The artistic and practical information and resources that we collected in order to support artists and arts workers hit by the COVID-19 pandemic remains available on our Covid-19 Resources & Support page.

Please take care of yourself.

COVID-19 Support & Resources
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LADA supports contemporary culture’s most radical artists, practices and ideas.

As a Centre for Live Art, all our specialised resources, opportunities, projects and events are driven by our unwavering commitment to experimentation and risk, to the sustainability of our planet, and to difference and diversity in all its forms. 

We believe in Live Art as a means to challenge the status quo and initiate meaningful social change.

About LADA
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What can LADA do for you?

Whether you are an artist, curator, writer, producer, student, educator, researcher or activist, we are here to help you understand, appreciate, dig into, and take inspiration from a huge breadth of Live Art and performance practices – contemporary and historic. 

How we work
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Current Opportunities

LADA provides professional development opportunities for artists, arts workers, and academics at all stages of their careers.

Ongoing

DIY

DIY

Unusual professional development projects conceived and run BY artists FOR artists

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Ongoing

DIY 2020/21

DIY

A list of the artist development workshops being run as part of DIY 2020.

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Ongoing

Live Art Desk Scheme

LADA’s subsidised ‘desk space’ scheme for six Live Art Producers, curators, researchers and artists

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Ongoing

Live Art Desk Scheme – Call For Proposals

LADA is delighted to offer new places on our subsidised project/desk/research space.

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Links and Resources for Artists

With Artsadmin, we have compiled a series of links and resources for artists, which we think are useful to artists working in Live Art and contemporary performance in the UK. These FAQs, links and lists of organisations and venues are intended as a starting point for your research and project development.

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Video: 20 Years of LADA

We’ve created this short film on the occasion of our 20th Anniversary which looks back at 20 years of our work. The film features archive material from our projects and initiatives as well as interviews with Katy Baird, Lauren Barri Holstein, Season Butler, vacuum cleaner, Tim Etchells, Marcia Farquhar, Brian Lobel, Stacy Makishi, Nando Messias and Martin O’Brien.

Donate to LADA

Donations help make influential artists’ development initiatives like DIY possible, support new publications and projects by extraordinary artists, and help us buy essential books and DVDs for our Study Room.

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Projects

Curatorial projects and programmes featuring ground-breaking artists and developing new contexts, dialogues, and audiences. 

Ongoing

performingbordersLIVE

performingbordersLIVE shares and supports experimental performative practices addressing notions and lived experiences of borders.

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Ongoing

Hauntings and Herstories: Feminist Live Art in 1980s and 1990s Ireland

A research project led by Clare Daly in a collaboration between LADA and the Department of Drama at the University of Roehampton, funded by the TECHNE doctoral awards scheme.

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Online Collaborative Residencies: Jet Moon and Jemima Young & Kei Franklin

The recipients of LADA’s online collaborative residencies are the artist Jet Moon and her client ‘Giani’, and the artists Jemima Yong and Kei Franklin.

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Emergent Ties – Actioning Climate Justice (Accelerator Programme)

LADA is delighted to announce that our proposal on behalf of LADA & Live Art UK and Gasworks & Triangle Network has been accepted into the Accelerator Programme.

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Resources

We provide free-to-access resources for artists, students and professionals. This includes Live Online, our video platform, research facilities, information, downloadable documents, and programming packages. 

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The Study Room

Our Study Room in Bethnal Green, London contains over 8,000 items, including out-of-print books and rare performance documentation.

You can book your visit today, and search our full Study Room catalogue online.

Visit the Study Room

Online Resources

We offer online resources including:

  • Study Room catalogue
  • Video channels
  • Free downloads
  • Study Room guides
  • Project websites
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LADA Publishing

LADA is a publisher. The books, films and artists’ editions published and co-published by LADA feature some of the most provocative ideas and practitioners working in Live Art, and pioneering research by thinkers in the field.  

As well as partnering with major publishers on key titles, we publish our own books and editioned artworks and collaborate with artists working on independent publications.

See our Titles
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Unbound - Online Shop

Unbound, is the world’s only online shop dedicated to Live Art related materials, and features the unusual and independent alongside major critical works. Our carefully-curated selection includes books from major publishers, hard-to-find artists’ editions, and a full range of LADA publications. 

As a not-for-profit initiative, buying from Unbound directly benefits the UK’s Live Art infrastructure, with many of our supported artists counting it as a direct funding stream.

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Recent News

PLAYING UP Gender

31 August 2021

PLAYING UP Gender edition launches in 2021. PLAYING UP GENDER is a production of FUNDUS THEATER I Theatre of Research, in cooperation with the Live Art Development Agency.

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Raimund Hoghe (1949 – 2021)

19 May 2021

Raimund Hoghe has died. Mary Kate Connolly has written these words in memory, and in tribute.

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