The Study Room

Their open-access Study Room provides a gateway into a provocative, challenging yet wonder-full world
The Independent’s 50 Best Museums and Galleries (October 2010)

The Study Room is the core resource of the Live Art Development Agency and is a free, open access research facility used by artists, students, curators, academics and other arts professionals.

The Study Room is in Hackney Wick, London, and can be used to view artist’s 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 UK 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 holds:

  • A comprehensive collection of publications ranging from theoretical texts to books on individual artists’ work.
  • Thousands of DVDs, videos, CDs and digital files of performance documents and documentation.
  • A range of British and international magazines, journals and back issues: including: Performance Research, Janus, High Performance, Hybrid, and Virus.
  • Various Collections, including The Library of Performing Rights, a unique resource examining the intersection between performance and Human Rights.
  • Information on facilities, training, networking, support structures, professional development opportunities, funding and policy for Live Art.

To browse our catalogue see here.

As part of the continuous development of the Study Room we have commissioned a range of artists and commentators to write personal Study Room Guides to help navigate users through this resource.

Feedback from different users of the Agency’s Study Room can be read here.

The Study Room is a reference-only resource, and we are unable to lend any of the materials. Unfortunately we have no photocopying facilities.

Bookings

COVID-19 Update: We regret that we are currently only able to offer reduced opening hours, from 11am – 2pm or 2pm – 5pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, and 11am – 3.30pm on Wednesdays. We encourage users to book either single study sessions, or if you wish to study for the entire day please feel free to book yourself in for two slots on both the morning and afternoon. We do ask you to be mindful of others who may wish to use the space and to only book in for sessions that you are certain to attend. Any deviation from this schedule will be announced in advance on our website. You can book by clicking this link.

If you would like to book an appointment to use the research facilities in the Study Room please contact us by telephone or email. The Study Room is usually available Monday to Friday, 10.30am-6pm. We recommend booking your visit at least a week in advance and suggesting a range of possible days.

Watching Videotapes

The Live Art Development Agency is engaged in a long-term project to digitize the 759 videotapes held in the Study Room. To avoid possible damage to the videotapes, these are not available for viewing in the Study Room, however:

  • A digitized copy of any videotape is available on request. If we have not yet digitized the videotape you would like to watch, we require three working days to make this available. Please request your title in person or by phone 020 7033 0275 or email [email protected]
  • Some videotapes have now been digitized, and are available to watch on a computer in the Study Room. Please ask/contact us about this.

Videotapes are cataloged using “V” at the start of the catalogue/reference number. For example, V0447.

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