Study Room Residencies

The Study Room

Situated in the Garrett Centre in Bethnal Green, LADA’s Study Room is our core resource. The Study Room is a free, open access research facility used by artists, students, curators, academics, arts professionals, and other curious folk to view artists’ work, read publications, undertake research projects, find out general information about Live Art, opportunities and networks.

The Study Room houses one of the largest publicly accessible libraries of Live Art related videos, DVDs and publications in the world and for many people the resource is one of the only opportunities to view documentation of performances that they were unable to experience ‘live’.

The Study Room is accessible generally by appointment during LADA’s opening hours.

Visit the Study Room
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, 2020. Photo by Joseph Morgan Schofield.

Study Room Residencies

LADA frequently hosts research residencies in the Study Room, some as part of wider LADA programmes and initiatives, such as through our Swiss Live Art project and LADA’s Thinker-in-Residence scheme, and others in responses to requests from artists and researchers to undertake enquiries into key themes, practices, histories or artists. These residencies are typically self-directed and self-funded.

Given the nature of LADA’s space, residencies at LADA are oriented around research, reading, writing and watching, rather than making.

Residents are welcome to include Study Room Residencies as part of wider funding bids, and LADA is able to supply letters of support and indicative in-kind costings to prospective residents.

We ask each resident to write a short report at the end of their residency reflecting on, and offering feedback about, their experience at LADA.  Our team will be on hand to advise on this.


Artist in femme costume delivers a talk at LADA. Performance Lecutre on Afrofuturism, Ivy Monteiro, Study Room resident, Live Art Development Agency 2019. Image by Ben Harris


As a minimum, a residency will involve:

  • access to the Study Room on a mutually agreed schedule
  • a personalised introduction to LADA and the Study Room with a particular focus on titles, materials and resources of interest to the resident
  • an advisory meeting with LADA staff. This meeting might include specific advice on any areas of research or professional development
  • use of LADA’s kitchen and facilities during opening hours (10.00 to 18.00, Monday to Friday)

Residencies may also involve:

  • the resident holding meetings at LADA with artists and others about their research
  • the resident holding a private sharing for an invited audience and/or LADA Staff in the Study Room
  • the resident writing a blog about their research for LADA’s website


There is no application process for LADA’s Study Room residencies and, like all of LADA’s programmes and resources, they are free to participate in.

If  you are interested in spending dedicated time in the Study Room, we invite you to write to us with information about your project and the ideal timeline for your residency. You may also write to us with any questions about the residencies.

Residencies are scheduled for a mutually agreeable period, and their availability depends upon LADA’s capacity to host.

Recent Study Room Residents have included:

Aine Phillips: Future States; Oozing Gloop; Es Morgan and Charlie Ashwell: hereafter; Edythe Woolley; Jatun Risba; Betina Habjanic; Sibylle Peters: Live Art and the Young; Jon McCurley; Lois Weaver: Live Art and Ageing; Elena Marchevska: Live Art and the Displaced; Kelly Green: Live Art, Class and Cultural Privilege; max+hava (fka Sheaf+Barley): Weeding; Burong (Wenjie Li); Lasana Shabaz; Petra Trendafilova; Amy Lawrence; Leticia Izquierdo Diaz; Susan Merrick; Jude Browning; Clio Lloyd-Jacob; Aaron Orzech; Ivy Monteiro; Leticia Izquierdo: Self-harm performance; James Johnson; Andrea Seamann.

person sitting at a table in front of full bookshelves in the study room


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