Artholes – an evening with Stacy Makishi and Marcia Farquhar

Please join us for an evening in which the first recipient of the Arthole Artists’ Award, Marcia Farquhar, hands over the baton to the second recipient, Stacy Makishi.

Arthole is a LADA initiative intended to plug a hole in funding for open-ended research and professional development. The Award supports ground-breaking UK-based artists working in Live Art with £10,000 to undertake a self-determined research and artistic development programme. Arthole was conceived by the artist Joshua Sofaer, and developed by LADA in collaboration with Gary Carter in 2015.  Each Award is made possible by the generous support of an Arthole Patron. The first Award recipient in 2016 was Marcia Farquhar supported by the Patron Lucio A C Shala.  The second recipient in 2019 is Stacy Makishi supported by the Patron Alex Mahon, CEO of Channel 4.

Marcia used her Award to look back at four decades of work, consider her archive and its future, and complete some unfinished business. At this event she will present works developed through Arthole including the podcasts Audio Arthole and Pushing 60, the Onwards sign created for her exhibition, DIFFIKUΛT, at Café Gallery Projects in 2018, and the additional recordings she made with artists from the 1970s for her Vox Box jukebox.

Marcia will then hand the baton to Stacy who will talk about her Arthole plans for the next two years.

I used to wonder why it was called Live Art. After doing it for over 25 years, I realize it’s because Live Art is about aliveness… about making myself fully available to life, all of life: the sorrow, joy, anguish, excitement, jealousy, shame, gratitude, disappointment, sadness and love. Live art feels a lot like dying. Like living inside a hole. An ass hole. An art hole. Yes. Art is in that hole. With this Arthole, I will have time and resources to: make it, avoid it, study it, wrestle it, do it, explore it, hate it and love it. I hope to learn a lot while I’m down in my hole … and look forward to share whatever I learn with you.  Stacy Makishi, 2019

Read Alex Mahon's blog Some thoughts on Arthole and the trustworthiness of friends about her experience of becoming LADA's second Arthole Award Patron.

Read Joshua Soafer’s ‘bare bones’ blog about the process of securing our second Arthole Patron.

Banner image credit:

Marcia Farquhar and Stacy Makishi (with Richard Dedomenici) in bed at the Great Eastern Hotel for Live Art UK’s Check in /Check Out, 2007. Image Manuel Vason

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