Visit the Study Room

Opening Hours

COVID-19 Update: LADA is closed until the beginning of May, at the earliest. Full statement here.

The Study Room is typically open between 10.30 and 18.00 Monday to Friday. LADA is not open at the weekend. Our opening times are subject to change and we ask that you always book in advance of visiting the Study Room.

In advance of your visit we recommend you search the Study Room catalogue and check out our Study Room Guides.

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Booking a Visit

For individual bookings, please fill in our online Booking Form with your required details and wait for confirmation. If you are booking on the day please call 0208 985 2124 during office hours (10-6pm).

For group visits, please visit this page for more information.

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“Their open-access Study Room provides a gateway into a provocative, challenging yet wonder-full world”

The Study Room

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 situated at LADA in Bethnal Green, London, and can be used 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’.

Read testimonials from different users of the Agency’s Study Room.

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

A group of Study Room users look at a table full of books in LADA's Study Room.

What is available in our Study Room

A comprehensive collection of publications ranging from theoretical texts to books on individual artists’ work:

The exterior of LADA's home the Garret Centre in Bethnal Green LADA's home - The Garrett Centre, Bethnal Green, East London

Study Room Guides

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. The idea is to enable Study Room users to experience the materials in a new way and highlight materials that they may not have otherwise come across.

Lois Weaver holding up a Study Room Guide and Claire McDonald sitting beside her Lois Weaver and Claire McDonald at the Study Room Guide Launch

Watching Videotapes

The Live Art Development Agency is engaged in a long-term project to digitise 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 at this point. We plan to digitise the tapes in the future. Please sign up to our newsletter to be kept updated.