We champion new ways of working, legitimise unclassifiable artforms, record untold histories, and support the agency of underrepresented artists.
We believe in Live Art as a means to challenge the status quo and initiate meaningful social change.
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
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.Visit Us
LADA is a vibrant nexus for the most extraordinary imaginations, bodies and voices – making art possible in the intimate, unexpected and dangerous spaces of life. Its impact is profound, its heart enormous, its courage legendary.
At LADA, we are committed to:
In its commitment to amplifying marginalised voices and practices, LADA takes its responsibility as a sector leader seriously, actively rejecting institutional 'happy talk' in favour of meaningful self-reflection and proactive change to address historical imbalances in representation.
Everything we do at LADA is driven by our commitment to Live Art in the UK and internationally.
Our curatorial projects and programmes are all designed strategically, responding to the challenges of contemporary society by promoting ground-breaking artists and works, and developing new contexts, dialogues, and audiences.Read More
It’s not the checkbox of diversity that feels good about this event; it is how diversity is facilitating me to understand and think about things in a way that I hadn’t before. Isn’t that what art is supposed to be about, after all?
We recognise that the interdisciplinary and itinerant practices of Live Art ask for new approaches to artistic and professional development.
Through our flagship DIY programme, project-based commissions, and wide range of research residencies, mentoring and educational opportunities, LADA responds to the evolving needs and expectations of artists, arts workers, and academics at all stages of their careers.Read More
Nothing I’ve ever done or will ever do again will compare to these two days. It’s over for me now. This opened me up to what a workshop could be.
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.More on Publishing More on Resources
A handsome and imposing volume, demanding proper room on one’s bookshelf just as much as the artworks it concerns demand their place in histories of performance and art.
Containing over 8,000 items, including out-of-print books and rare performance documentation, our Bethnal Green Study Room is the world’s largest collection of research materials on Live Art – a unique resource for artists, curators and those studying at BA, MA and postgraduate levels.
We welcome student groups to the Study Room, offering introductory sessions to LADA and to Live Art.Visit the Study Room
LADA’s Study Room is a kind of artform in itself.
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.
We invite key artists and thinkers to guest-edit Unbound’s newsletters, or curate special ‘shelves’ on the site – highlighting the books and editions that have made a significant contribution to their own work.
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.
Unbound can be visited in person at the Live Art Development Agency office (Bethnal Green, London) between Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 6.00pm. Visit Unbound.
Access to the most exciting and provocative ideas and images in contemporary culture. A site that offers beautiful objects filled with inspirational items. I wish I owned them all!
LADA has been based in the East End of London since we were founded in 1999. Since 2017, our home has been The Garrett Centre in Bethnal Green. This decommissioned Unitarian church is run by The Chalice Foundation, an organisation which shares many of our values and concerns around issues of equality, feminism, displacement, study and research.
We present regular public talks, screenings, and events at our Garrett Centre home, all of which are free to attend. We also host research gatherings, residencies, workshops and MA classes. The building is wheelchair accessible and has gender inclusive bathrooms.View Events
A brilliant gathering of curious and exceptional people!
At LADA, we work in dialogue with artists, in partnership with cultural organisations, and in consultation with funders and policymakers.
Through our coordination of the Live Art UK network, we work collectively with our colleagues in the sector to promote greater awareness and understanding of Live Art, provide resources and opportunities that support its development, and inform policy and provision on a regional, national, and international level.
We regularly collaborate with Higher Education partners to support their work and ours. Our partnership with Queen Mary, University of London has seeded public programmes, resourced student learning, and facilitated world-class research. Together, we deliver the postgraduate MA Live Art, the first course of its kind anywhere in the world.How we work
A model of how practice-based research and an arts organisation can have a real impact on the larger culture.
The Live Art Development Agency is funded as a National Portfolio Organisation by Arts Council England, but this only covers a very small percentage of the work we do. You can find out more about how to support us here.
The Live Art Development Agency is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in England and Wales, No. 3651554.
The Live Art Development Agency is a Registered Charity, No. 1079943.