What is LADA Publishing?

The Live Art Development Agency is one of the world’s leading Live Art publishers, specialising in critical titles on influential ideas and practitioners; artist-led publications and Editions; Box Set artworks, resources and tools; free online publications; and on-demand DVDs. All the Agency’s titles can be purchased on Unbound.

We have worked with Common Practice Video Network on this short video to showcase some of the titles we have published in recent years. Below is some more about how we think about our publishing activities and how you can get involved.

How LADA Publishing Works 

LADA’s publishing policy is diverse, spanning partnerships with major publishers on key critical titles; publishing our own books, DVDs and online content; and co-publishing artists’ books, editions DVDs, including works made for the web.

LADA specialises in artist-led publications and editions such as Marcia Farquhar’s 12 Shooters and Tim Etchells’ Heroes & Heroines of Live Art T-Shirts. We collaborate with artists on innovative print & DVD ‘box sets’ that function as artworks, resources and critical tools. These include Joshua Sofaer’s Performance Pack and The Many Headed MonsterDocumenting LiveAccess All Areas: Live Art and Disability, and M21: From the Medieval to the 21st Century.

LADA also partners with major publishers on key critical titles including Out of Now – The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh, a co-publication with The MIT Press; Live: Art and Performance with Tate Publishing, Programme Notes: Case studies for locating experimental theatre and The Live Art Almanac Volume 3, both co-published with Oberon Books; and Perform, Record, Repeat with Intellect Books.


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Intellect Live

In 2013, LADA and Intellect Books launched Intellect Live, a new series of publications on influential artists working at the edges of performance. The series is characterized by lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed books, created through close collaborations between artists and writers, each of which is the first substantial publication dedicated to an artists’ work. The first three Intellect Live books are Throwing the Body Into The Fight, a portrait of Raimund Hoghe, edited by Mary Kate Connolly,  Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey, edited by Dominic Johnson, and The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver edited by Lois Weaver and Jen Harvie.


Get involved with LADA Publishing

Live Online Open Call – LADA issues an annual open call for proposals from artists to create online video content representative of their practice, featuring works made for camera and/or documentation of performances. Three artists a year are offered honorariums to produce digital content that the Agency will publish and distribute through our website. This opportunity has superseded our on Demand DVD call. Look out for the call in the coming months!

The Live Art Almanac – LADA issues open calls for proposals for submissions for the Live Art Almanac, a biennial international co-publication which draws together a wide range of writing on and around Live Art ranging from more traditional forms such as newspaper, journal and magazine articles, and lectures to blogs, Facebook pages and emails. Editions of the Live Art Almanac have been published in partnership with Oberon Books, Live Art UK, PS 122 (New York, USA), Performance Space (Sydney, Australia), La Pocha Nostra (San Francisco, USA), and Maska (Ljubljana, Slovenia). Look out for the call for submission for Almanac Volume 4 soon.

Get in Touch – LADA is always open to proposals for collaborations on distinctive publications and video content and other publishing ideas. Please contact us on [email protected] if you wish to make a proposal.

Free Publishing

LADA also publishes a range of free documents on key Live Art challenges, issues and practices as PDF downloads.


All LADA publications and much more can be purchased through Unbound, LADA’s online shop for Live Art books, DVDs and limited editions. LADA’s publications are also distributed to bookshops/events through Central Books. Please contact LADA if you wish to discuss our publishing, distribution or ideas for publication events.

Banner image credit:

Video Still from LADA Publishing Video made in collaboration with CPVN (2013)

Latest news

New LADA Staff Members

15 November 2019

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new members of LADA staff.

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14 August 2019

Watch our two performingborders commissions by Tara Fatehi Irani and Istanbul Queer Art Collective

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Live Art Now: Documentation

12 August 2019

Documentation of a day of discussions around kickstarting and maintaining a Live Art practice.

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A response to ‘Take the Money and Run: Power, Money and Counter-Power’ by Lewis Church

9 August 2019

A response by Lewis Church to ‘Take the Money and Run: Power, Money and Counter-Power’, an event considering how we might build for future struggles to free art and artists from their dependency on the proceeds of toxic capitalism.

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A major research project into the histories and futures of the Live Art sector in the UK

8 August 2019

A major research project into the histories and futures of the Live Art sector in the UK

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A Podcast for All Animals

7 August 2019

A podcast created during Animals of Manchester (including HUMANZ), LADA’s collaboration with Theatre of Research for Manchester International Festival 2019

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Ivy Monteiro –  a performance lecture on queer spirituality and Afro Futurism

30 July 2019

Ivy gave a public presentation at LADA in July 2019, about their work and issues of queer spirituality and Afrofuturism

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Wrongness by Thinker-in-Residence Hester Chillingworth

8 July 2019

A blog by LADA Thinker-in-Residence Hester Chillingworth on Live Art and Wrongness.

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