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Key Archives

A selection of archives related to or containing Live Art materials:

Audio Arts Archive
Established by Bill Furlong in 1972, Audio Arts is an aural archive hosted on the TATE website comprising interviews with artists and curators, documentation of major international art events, sound performances and other sound works. It features exclusive contributions from more than 900 individual artists including Joseph Beuys, Ian Breakwell, Tracey Emin and Andy Warhol.

Living Collections Catalogue
An online publishing platform dedicated to scholarly research on the The Walker Art Center’s renowned multidisciplinary collections.

The Live Art Archives
The Live Art Archives are part of the University of Bristol Theatre Collection including the Record of Live Art Practice, the Digital Performance Archive, the Arts Council England Live Art and Performance Archive, the Franko B Archive, Performance magazine Archive, amongst others.

The National Review of Live Art (NRLA) Archive
A digitised collection of performances from1986 to 2010 that took place during the NRLA, the United Kingdom’s foremost festival of performance, installation and video art. NRLA is held by the University of Bristol Theatre Collection.

The British Library
One of the country’s most comprehensive publicly accessible resources for the study of contemporary creative practice in British and international theatre; includes documentation of works by Forced Entertainment, Marina Abramovic, Ron Athey, Bobby Baker, amongst others.

A continually expanding, temporary and living archive and exhibition project presenting feminist, gendercritical and queer performance art by over 120 artists and artist collectives from the 1960s to the beginning of the 1980s, as well as contemporary positions.

LADA’s Study Room
One of the largest publicly accessible libraries of Live Art related videos, DVDs and publications in the UK. The Study Room includes The Library of Performing Rights, a unique resource examining the intersection between performance and Human Rights, and a range of personal Study Room Guides written by artists and commentators to help navigate users through this resource. Videos and digital materials from LADA’s Study Room and resources are available on Live Online.