ALAG: A Live Art Gala – 2014

ALAG: A Live Art Gala Documetation and response 

“If you are going to hold a fundraising gala, this is how to do it.” – Mary Paterson

On Thursday October 2, 2014, LADA presented ALAG: A Live Art Gala, its first-ever fundraising event, which took place at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London.

MC’d by David Hoyle, with Joshua Sofaer as Auctioneer and Lucy McCormick as the Glamorous Assistant, ALAG featured performances, Live and Silent auction objects and experiences, and Tombola items donated by artists that LADA has had the pleasure of working with over the last fifteen years.

Live: Neil Bartlett, Anne Bean & Richard Wilson, Ansuman Biswas, George Chakravarthi, Marcia Farquhar, French & Mottershead, Susannah Hewlett, La Ribot, Stacy Makishi, Ursula Martinez, Lucy McCormick, Harold Offeh, Joshua Sofaer, and The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein & Martin O’Brien.

Tombola and Live & Silent Auctions of artworks and experiences: Marina Abramovic, Oreet Ashery, Ron Athey, Bobby Baker, Julia Bardsley, Stuart Brisley, Richard DeDomenici, The Disabled Avant-Garde, Tim Etchells, Sheila Ghelani, Raimund Hoghe, Jamie lewis Hadley, Brian Lobel, Amy Sharrocks, and Manuel Vason.

On film: Lois Weaver

Full details of all performances and Auction items.

ALAG: documentation and response

LADA invited Mary Paterson to respond to and reflect on the ALAG experience, and in particular the relationships between Live Art and the UK’s increasing drive towards philanthropy. Download Mary’s Text.

Photographs from ALAG can be viewed above and two highlights films of the event are available to view below.


ALAG surpassed our expectations of what a Live Art auction could be  – all the objects and experiences in the Silent Auction were bid for, and the Live Art Tombola was completely sold-out.

The funds raised at ALAG will be used to support LADA’s programmes, making influential artists’ development programmes like DIY possible, supporting new publications by extraordinary artists, and helping us buy essential books and DVDs for our Study Room.

ALAG was timed to celebrate LADA’s 15th Anniversary, and we are very grateful to the artists who donated their performances and auction items, and everyone who bought ALAG tickets, bid for auction items or dived into our ALAG Tombola. We hope everyone at ALAG enjoyed the experience.

Go see your solicitor and make LADA the benefactor of your will.” – David Hoyle

For those who were unable to join us for ALAG, please consider supporting LADA — and watch this newly commissioned film from Kim Noble for more information.

You can make a donation via LADA’s website.

Contact CJ Mitchell for more information or if you have questions: [email protected]. Your contribution may be eligible for Gift Aid.

You can also support LADA by buying books, DVDs and our 15th Anniversary Editions through Unbound, our online bookshop. Sale proceeds are put back into LADA’s publication and research projects.

”LADA is a place for people who don’t know their place.” – Marcia Farquhar


ALAG: A Live Art Gala

A fundraiser to celebrate the Live Art Development Agency’s 15th Anniversary and support its artistic programmes

Thursday October 2, 2014
7.30pm to late

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London

Please join LADA’s celebrations, enjoy a full evening’s entertainment, and help support one of the world’s leading organisations for Live Art.

If you are unable to attend ALAG, you can still bid for any of the auction items in advance by emailing CJ Mitchell at [email protected] — please do this before October 1, 2014.
Payments at ALAG can be made by cash, cheque or card.

Funds raised at ALAG will directly support LADA’s programmes, making influential artists’ development programmes like DIY possible, supporting new publications by extraordinary artists, and helping us buy essential books and DVDs for our Study Room.

* Announcing Live and Silent Auction objects and experiences, and Tombola items

* Announcing new performances and acts, on stage and around the RVT


Your MC: David Hoyle
Your Auctioneer: Joshua Sofaer
Your Glamorous Assistant: Lucy McCormick


(If you are not able to join us for ALAG you can still still support LADA making a donation online.)


Live Auction Acts and Items:
Each of the following Auction items will be accompanied by a live performance/presentation at ALAG.

Anne Bean & Richard Wilson The place where the skin meets the air

Marcia Farquhar Rosebud

David Hoyle Audience Painting

La Ribot Chair

Ursula Martinez Hanky Panky

More detail on auction items.


Live Acts, on stage and around the RVT:

Neil Bartlett Thank You, And Goodnight

Ansuman Biswas Drum Sprite

George Chakravarthi Negrophilia!

French & Mottershead Microperformance Game

Susannah Hewlett Lift Off

Stacy Makishi Cabbage Love

Harold Offeh Alma’s Spa Service

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein & Martin O’Brien Family Bondage

Plus Lois Weaver on film.




Written bids for the objects and experiences below will be taken throughout the evening at ALAG. You will be able to see how the bids are developing, and decide if you would like to bid more… Bidding will close at 10.30pm!


Silent Auction Artworks:

Marina Abramovic “Walking Backwards with Mirror Exercise”, Mirror

Oreet Ashery Party for Freedom, T-Shirt

Ron Athey Martyrs&Saints Poster, 1992

Julia Bardsley u see the image of her I, Book

Jason E. Bowman Untitled (Baseball Bat) 

Stuart Brisley Charles-Camilla Print

The Disabled Avant-Garde Big Cock Tea Towel


Silent Auction Experiences:

Taking Time with Tim Etchells

A Technical Wrestling Masterclass with jamie lewis hadley

Behind the Scenes with Raimund Hoghe

Spa Break with Brian Lobel

Swim the Thames with Amy Sharrocks

Photo Opportunity with Manuel Vason

Personalised Jingle by Susannah Hewlett

More detail on Silent Auction items.




Bobby Baker Five Pets Who Care About Art Drawings

Richard DeDomenici Gherkin T-Shirts

Yara El-Sherbini The World is my Oyster Oyster Card Holder

The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home “Five”, The Book

Sheila Ghelani From Me To You With Love, Greeting Cards Box with postcards

Rajni Shah, Ten Kinds of Dinner, Polaroids

Plus a selection of ten books and DVDs published by LADA.

More detail on Tombola items.



Royal Vauxhall Tavern
372 Kennington Ln
London SE11 5HY


ALAG is curated and coordinated by a volunteer Committee of artists, producers and academics working to support LADA: Philippa Barr, Stephen Cleary, David Duchin, Pete Law, Gill Lloyd, Edd Hobbs, Dominic Johnson, Jonathan May, Gini Simpson, Karl Taylor and Cecilia Wee

“LADA is an astonishing and vital resource in the field of Live Art in the UK and beyond.” – Tim Etchells, LADA Patron


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Banner image credit:

MC David Hoyle, Image by Holly Revell

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