LADA 15th Anniversary

Ongoing Project

“The Live Art Development Agency is invaluable to performance artists because it is creating a historical platform for the medium, and the possibility to see the past, present and future of performance art all at once.” Marina Abramovic, LADA Patron

LADA marks its 15th anniversary in 2014.

Our 15th Anniversary Report highlights a selection of our many projects, publications, resources and opportunities since 1999 and is now available to view online.

We are also celebrating our anniversary with a series of initiatives across the year, reflecting on the seismic shifts in Live Art practices that have taken place since 1999 through the lens of the Agency and its work. Anniversary activities include:

ALAG: A Live Art Gala

A fundraiser to celebrate the Live Art Development Agency’s 15th Anniversary and support its artistic programmes
Thursday October 2, 2014
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London.
7.30pm to late

Performances, Live Auction, Silent Auction and Tombola. Please join LADA’s celebrations, enjoy a full evening’s entertainment, and help support one of the world’s leading organisations for Live Art.

MC: David Hoyle

Live: Neil Bartlett, Anne Bean & Richard Wilson, Ansuman Biswas, George Chakravarthi, Marcia Farquhar, French & Mottershead, Susannah Hewlett, Stacy Makishi, Ursula Martinez, La Ribot, Lucy McCormick, Harold Offeh, Joshua Sofaer, The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein & Martin O’Brien.

Tombola and Live & Silent Auctions of artworks and experiences: Marina Abramovic, Oreet Ashery, Bobby Baker, Julia Bardsley, Stuart Brisley, Richard DeDomenici, The Disabled Avant-Garde, The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, Tim Etchells, Sheila Ghelani, Raimund Hoghe, jamie lewis hadley, Brian Lobel, Rajni Shah, Amy Sharrocks, Manuel Vason.

On film: Lois Weaver (aka Tammy WhyNot)

ALAG is supported by a volunteer Committee of artists, producers and academics working to support LADA: Philippa Barr, Stephen Cleary, David Duchin, Pete Law, Gill Lloyd, Edd Hobbs, Dominic Johnson, Jonathan May, Gini Simpson, Karl Taylor and Cecilia Wee

Podcast Series  “15 Minutes With…”

A series of dialogues with some of the exceptional artists and thinkers we have had the pleasure of working with over the last 15 years.

So far there are dialogues between

Lois Keidan  and Lois Weaver on platforms and support structures for young artists.

Maddy Costa and Mary Paterson on Critical Writing.

Dickie Beau and Gavin Butt on the relationship between Live Art and research.

Joshua Sofaer and Stacy Makishi on Professional Development.

French & Mottershead and Pope & Guthrie on Socially Engaged Practice and Live Art. 

Bean, Benjamin Sebastian and Jordan McKenzie on Artist Run Spaces and Live Art. 

Dominic Johnson and Jen Harvie on publishing and Live Art. 

Jane Trowell and Gary Anderson discuss activism and Live Art

Limited Edition Series

A series of new artworks, each in a limited edition of 15, by some of the extraordinary artists we have collaborated with in a variety of ways over the last 15 years.

The first 15th Anniversary limited edition is a photographic collaboration between Manuel Vason and Hugo Glendinning, two of the world’s leading photographers of Live Art who we have worked with on many curatorial and publishing projects, including Live Culture and Manuel’s forthcoming book Double Exposures.

The second is a photograph, Under Cover, by Zierle & Carter, who have contributed to many DIY and other professional development projects and resources.

The third print is a photograph by Rosa Frank of LADA Patron Raimund Hoghe, the cover image from the Intellect Live publication Throwing The Body Into The Fight.

The fourth is a limited edition lino-cut print comprised of a text which reads simply LOOK AWAY by LADA Patron Tim Etchells, who we have collaborated with on numerous publications, curatorial and archival projects, including Programme Notes, Live Culture and Legacy.

The fifth is a mounted triptych of prints derived from Barflies by George Chakravarthi who we have worked with as Thinker In Residence and on archival and curatorial projects such as Documenting Live and Just Like A Woman.

The sixth print is a photograph taken by Hugo Glendinning entitled Tea Break/Illusion, this iconic image was created with Glendinning’s long term collaborators Forced Entertainment for a one off performance of First Night in Lisbon, November 2014.  


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LADA marks its 15th anniversary in 2014, which we are celebrating with a series of initiatives across the year


15th Anniversary Podcasts: “15 Minutes With…”

A series of short dialogues with some of the exceptional artists and thinkers that LADA has worked with

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ALAG: A Live Art Gala – 2014

Performances, Live and Silent auction objects and experiences, and Tombola items

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M21: From the Medieval to the 21st Century

Interventions by leading disabled artists in the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

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VITAL 06: International Chinese Live Art Festival

A major programme of Live Art events curated by Chinese Arts Centre.

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Floating Cinema – A Smaller Sound, A Bigger Crowd

A film and performance by Ian Giles telling the story of The Docklands Bell

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China Live

Collaboration between Live Art UK, Chinese Arts Centre, LADA and Shu Yang of the DaDao Live Art Festival, Beijing.

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LADA 20th Anniversary 2019

LADA marks its 20th anniversary in 2019 and will be celebrating with a series of initiatives throughout the year

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Third Ear Symposium 2013

A day of talks and discussions to consider the culture of the arts in a time of austerity

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Performance Magazine Online

A new online archive of Performance Magazine (1979-1992), plus new resources

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