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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Current Events

We present regular public talks, screenings and events at The Garret Centre and elsewhere. All our events are free to attend.

Gut Reactions: Watch, Read, Chat

17 Dec 2019 - 21 Apr 2020

Part reading-group, part-film club, and part-social, Gut-Reactions returns for its newest series of Study Room Sessions at LADA.

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Extreme Performance Association – a gathering

23 Jan 2020

A gathering to support ‘extreme performance artists’, considering strategies for managing safety, risk management, fees and techniques, and to support programmers and producers in understanding the specific needs of your work.

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Fat Activist Vernacular: eBook Launch

29 Jan 2020

The launch of a new eBook by Dr Charlotte Cooper exploring fat activist language. The evening will feature  an interview with Charlotte, fat readings and a fat discussion.

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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.

Open Call: performistanbul

LADA is collaborating with Performistanbul on an artistic development programme offering a performance artist who identifies as a woman a four-week project development workshop

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The Live Art Almanac Volume 6: Call for Submissions

We are seeking recommendations for material to include in the Live Art Almanac Volume 6, to be published by the Live Art Development Agency in 2020.

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Women Working Class (WWC)

An open call to participate in a bi-monthly Working Group and series of gatherings led by Fox Irving. Deadline for proposals is 20 December 2019.

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Open Call: Future Proofing bursary

A call for proposals for a bursary of £2,000 to an artist aged under 25 to imagine the future they’d like to see. Deadline Friday 7 February 2020.

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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.

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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

Library of Performing Rights

The Library of Performing Rights is available as a place of action, a place of knowledge exchange, a repository of experience, and a context that others can use to support and advance their own work both at LADA and elsewhere.

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LADA and Swiss Live Art

LADA is working with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council on a three-year initiative (2018-20) to raise the profile of Swiss Live Art in the UK and contribute to the development of exchanges and collaborations between artists and promoters in the UK and Switzerland.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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