COVID-19 Announcement

Along with many colleagues in the cultural sector, LADA regrets to announce that in the interests of the safety of our artists, collaborators, audiences, community and staff, we are closing our office and Study Room, and postponing all events until the beginning of May, at the earliest.

We will be reviewing this situation on a weekly basis and will notify all of any updates.

During this time LADA staff will be working from home and will be looking at ways to support artists and arts workers hit by the crisis. We want to remain a resource for our community and intend to keep our open calls open and will be providing artistic and practical information as we go along. We are also gathering information and resources to support artists and arts workers hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch this space.

Make sure to stay indoors, regularly wash your hands, and take care of yourself.

COVID-19 Support & Resources
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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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LADA Screens: Tim Bromage – Online Screening

26 Mar 2020 - 29 May 2020

An online screening of Lords of Misrule, a new film by the artist Tim Bromage.

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[POSTPONED] Live Art Now 2020

06 Apr 2020

An evening of presentations by Ansuman Biswas, Anne Bean and Sandra Johnston on the practice of Live Art, and the 2nd Annual Live Art Lecture on the politics of Live Art by Morgan Quaintance.

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[POSTPONED] Maïté Chénière – artist presentation

14 Apr 2020

Presentation by Swiss artist Maïté Chénière who will talk about their work in music, performance and queer club culture, and the research they have been undertaking on their residency in LADA’s Study Room.

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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.

The Katherine Araniello Bursary Awards

Two awards of £5,000 each for unapologetically radical and politicised artists who work in Live Art and identify as disabled people.

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performingbordersLIVE20 Open Call for Digital Conversations

An open call for two digital conversations by curators, artists, researchers, activists, thinkers and/or other professionals working in Live Art.

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Ongoing

DIY

DIY

Unusual professional development projects conceived and run BY artists FOR artists

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Ongoing

Information, Advice and Research

Information and advice on practical and conceptual issues related to Live Art

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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.

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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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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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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Accelerator Programme

LADA is delighted to announce that our proposal on behalf of LADA & Live Art UK and Gasworks & Triangle Network has been accepted into the Accelerator Programme.

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More Projects

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.

See our Titles
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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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