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Covid-19 Support & Resources

This resource is a LADA initiative that responds directly to the impact of Covid-19, and gathers information to support artists and arts workers affected by the pandemic. We want to remain a resource for our community and hope these lists will be of use to many of you in this time of crisis.

These lists are continually updated, but please get in touch if you know of something you think we should include.

Here you will find –

– Lists of LADA opportunities and resources, including specific opportunities we have developed in response to Covid-19

– Lists of practical information and advice from Government, local councils, health services etc

– Lists of resources and opportunities from funding bodies, artistic organisations, grassroots initiatives etc

– Lists of artistic responses to the impact of the pandemic

– Lists of resources and recommendations of things to read and watch

LADA's Statement on Covid-19
An image of laptop screen with the LADA team in a zoom meeting, accompanied by a drawing of the team. LADA Staff, 2020. Image by Katherine Borchsenius.

LADA Resources

Some LADA things to watch, listen and read during the days inside:

  • Lockdown Lists – an ongoing series of reference lists of writings and films which draw attention to examples of Live Art practice that speak to some of the experiences of lockdown.
  • Live Online – a series of Vimeo channels where you can watch short videos and films selected from LADA’s Study Room or generated through our programmes and initiatives.
  • Listen Online – LADA’s recently created platform for audio content, including recordings of artist talks as well as commissioned artworks by artists such as Marcia Farquhar, Jen Harvie, Taylan Halici and many others.
  • Project Websites – a series of project-specific LADA websites hosting curated content and documentation of the projects, including Edge Of An EraPLAYING UPPerformance Magazine Online, and Are We There Yet?
  • NRLA30: an archival website with hours of documentation of talks and performances, plus essays from the 30th Anniversary of the National Review of Live Art.
Artists Nando Messias and Franko B in conversation Franko B and Nando Messias in conversation, Live Art Now, Queen Mary University of London, July 2019. Still from video, by Claire Nolan.


Things to read and watch:

  • Seen from Here: Writing in the Lockdown is a collection of writings gathered during lockdown by Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat. 100% of proceeds to be donated to the Trussell Trust, a UK foodbank charity.
  • Fierce Festival Lockdown Viewing: brilliant suggestions for things to watch for free online from Fierce Festival Director Aaron Wright.
  • The Wooster Group are posting online screenings of key works.
  • Martin O’BrienThe Unwell and Zombie Time – two films by Martin O’Brien considering sickness, mortality and prophecy.
  • Guillermo Gómez-Peña: How to survive the apocalypse – An open stream of consciousness blog by Gómez-Peña full of contra/dictions & chance poetry
  • European Live Art Archive
  • Blast Theory: on Pandemics and Public Health and Contagion and Viruses
  • DIE FABRIKANTENMa – an experimental short film by Gerald Harringer of the dreams and performances of Boris Nieslony; Der Antilopenkuss – a two-part artist portrait of Nieslony; Rowing for Europe – a documentary on long-durational performance featuring Gerlad Harringer and Ihsan Banabak, considering European history, identity and its borders, about travelling, desires and future.
  • Get Well Soon: an online project building an archive “that shouldn’t exist” – made up of many thousands of messages left on gofundme campaigns for medical expenses. The site features a brilliant text by Johanna Hedva
  • The Centre for the Less Good Idea: An interdisciplinary incubator space in Johannesburg. Their Season 7 premieres online and will be available on Vimeo following the launch.
  • Duke University PressThese books, issues, and articles investigate different ways that care can bind together individuals and communities where larger institutions or governments fail to intervene.
  • Women in the Arts & Media CoalitionRecourses, Funding & More, brought to you by the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition with the assistance of WomenArts.
  • Andrea PagnesAmidst the Spreading – an essay on the political and artistic implications of the pandemic
  • News News News Reporters Club: a five-day project through which children (aged approx 8-12) will write and record their own hyper-local radio news show using only a pen and paper and a mobile phone.
  • Forced Entertainment presents the first of three episodes of an online performance work End Meeting for All.
  • Forest Fringe: Paper Stages 2020 is a festival disguised as a book. A series of performances initiated by Forest Fringe artists for you to complete in the comfort of your own home. Paper Stages is free to download. We ask only that in return you give an hour of your time to help somebody else.
  • Collaborating With Kids: An online seminar produced by Live Art Denmark where young people analyse works they have created with artists such as Tim Etchells and Sibylle Peters, and reflect on adults in general.
Glimpses of Before: Bernsteins 'Taking Measurements of yourselves as Artists` Fairlight Glen, Hastings 1972
Looking for Looking for Langston, Adam Patterson, Edge of an Era, 2019. Still from video, courtesy of the artist.
Rose has O'Brien facedown across her lap. She is spanking him. Martin O'Brien and Sheree Rose. Photograph: Manuel Vason.

Here are a few other ways people are coming together (virtually):

  • Participating in Mutual Aid Groups – offering grocery store runs or meal delivery to the elderly and those at greater risk; phone calls to those who are isolated; spreading the word about grassroots initiatives.
  • Purchasing gift certificates to local theatres, venues and retailers to provide an alternative revenue stream
  • Donating to artists, performers, and venues to show solidarity and continue the celebration of the arts
  • Buying tickets to future community events to show support for the greater community
  • Contributing financially to food banks for children who have lost access to daily meals during closures
The Garrett Centre interior. 11 October 2017 Opening Event at The Garrett Centre, credit George Hunt

Banner image credit:

Garrett Centre (2020), Bethnal Green, Alex Eisenberg