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
We present regular public talks, screenings and events at The Garret Centre and elsewhere. All our events are free to attend.
LADA is thrilled to present Upside Down (2011) by Narcissister.Read more
Part reading-group, part-film club, and part-social, Gut-Reactions returns for its newest series of Study Room Sessions at LADA.Read more
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.Read more
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?
LADA provides professional development opportunities for artists, arts workers, and academics at all stages of their careers.
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.Read more
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.
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.Donate
Curatorial projects and programmes featuring ground-breaking artists and developing new contexts, dialogues, and audiences.
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.Read more
An unprecedented research project into Live Art in the UK.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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
We offer online resources including:
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
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.Find out more