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
A collage comprised of three images. On the left is a portrait of Isaiah Lopaz. On the top right hand side is a collage image in cool tones by artist Madinnah Farhannah Thompson. On the bottom right hand side is an image of artist Miranda Whall crawling on the ground with a tree on her back Isaiah Lopaz, Madinah-Farhannah-Thompson and Miranda Whall. Images Courtesy of the artists

Study Room

Our core resource, housed at the LADA space in Bethnal Green, is the world’s largest collection of research materials on Live Art, containing over 8,000 items that include out-of-print books and rare documentation.

The Study Room is open to visitors 3 days a week. The schedule currently alternates through Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Upcoming Events

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

When Earth Speaks: A Dirty Ensemble

08 Jun 2024

When Earth Speaks: A Dirty Ensemble by Live Art in Rural UK artist Miranda Whall, is a collaboration between humans and the earth, exploring the intersection between the arts and sciences

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Latest Activity at LADA

LADA Screens: Maxima Smith

22 Mar 2024

An in-person screening of ‘Crying with my Family’ by Maxima Smith.  

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A Long Table on Continuing the Conversation, with Lois Weaver

08 Mar 2024

Please join us for the second of a series of Long Table events.

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LADA Screens: Sahera Khan

01 Mar 2024

An in-person screening of ‘My Glow’ by Sahera Khan.

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Dee Jumbie Dance: A Resurrection Book Launch

22 Sep 2023

Celebrate the launch of Dee Jumbie Dance: A Resurrection. A gathering to invoke and honour the ancestors.

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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.

Desk Scheme – Open Call Closed

We are re-launching our subsidised Desk Scheme for artists, producers, curators, researchers and writers

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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. 

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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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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Recent Projects

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

Ongoing

Live Art in Rural UK

Live Art in Rural UK is a year long programme conceived by LADA’s former Director, Vivian Chinasa Ezugha. It focuses on amplifying the embodied practices of artists living and working in rural locations across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Ongoing

Reimagining Care

LADA’s latest project Reimagining Care focuses on contemporary discourses about care and care practices, exploring how they can contribute to transforming the art sector.

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Ongoing

LADA Screens

Online screenings and events of rarely seen and exclusive material

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More Projects

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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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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