Marcia Farquhar’s Arthole Artist’s Award: 2016/18 activities

The recipient of LADA’s first ever Arthole Artist’s Award is Marcia Farquhar, a London based artist known for her work in performance, installation, video and object making. Arthole is a LADA initiative intended to plug a hole in art funding for open-ended research and professional development. The biannual Award supports a groundbreaking and inspirational UK-based artist working in Live Art with £10,000 to undertake a self determined two year-long research and artistic development programme. The Award particularly encourages research into a range of critical, cultural, and practical concepts; dialogues and intergenerational collaborations; and ideas of legacy and future potentials. See links below for more background on the Arthole Award.

This webpage gathers updates from Marcia across her 2016/18 award years.

Marcia says: “This award will give me the chance to look back at what I have done over four decades and consider my archive in terms of my performance practice and its future. I look forward to discussions with scholars and practitioners, to engage critically with my work and to develop a deeper understanding of its place in the history of Live Art. I also intend to complete some unfinished business, projects that I will now have the time, space and support to attend to.”


DIFFIKUΛT at Café Gallery Project, London
13 September to 28 October 2018

Marcia Farquhar, is having a major survey of her work. DIFFIKUΛT features two works that Marcia developed through her Arthole programme Pushing 60 and Vox Box.


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Pushing 60

Marcia began publishing a series of daily podcasts in November 2017, a 60 day countdown to the eve of her sixtieth birthday.
Listen to An Introduction to Pushing 60 from Marcia.


Audio Arthole

Marcia began recording a series of weekly 7-minute podcasts in April 2016, charting her experiences across the 2016/17 Arthole year.

Vox Box

Vox Box is a jukebox housing a growing collection of 7” vinyl records of recent audio interviews conducted by Marcia Farquhar with friends and colleagues recalling the work of 1970s artists, activists and performers documented in the Acme Gallery archive or otherwise contemporaneous. These records are mixed up with a selection of hit songs from the same era. The jukebox is installed in LADA’s Study Room (Hackney Wick, London). Opportunities to listen to the jukebox will be announced soon.

Marcia has been engaged in practices of archival research that depart from the scholarly conventions that govern the use of archives. Her creative usage has involved experiments in locating, reanimating and perhaps fabricating or fictionalising histories of performance and politics in the 1970s.

More information and sound files

Vox Box and Glimpses of Before Launch

We wll mark the arrival of Vox Box alongside the launch of Glimpses of Before, a new Study Room Guide on Performance in the UK in the 1970s on Thursday 2 June at 19.00. Glimpses of Before, which will be available online, has been compiled and edited by Helena Goldwater and includes information about artists who were making performance in the 1970s, over 100 images and two introductory texts by Helena Goldwater and Dominic Johnson. All the materials referenced in the Guide and an image archive are now accessible in LADA’s Study Room.

Drinks will be served.

More information

Background to Arthole

The Arthole Artist’s Award was conceived by the artist Joshua Sofaer, and developed by LADA in collaboration with Gary Carter.
The Arthole Artist’s Award 2016/17 Patron is Lucio A C Shala.

The Call for Proposals for the Award
Including background and context to the Award

Announcement of the Awardee

Background information on Joshua Sofaer’s development of the Arthole project,
including the Arthole Cockle Medal for Live Art Philanthropy

Banner image credit:

Marcia Farquhar, Whitstable, By Jem Finer


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