Live Art Development Agency (LADA)
This public-sector arts organization and registered charity organization was founded in London in 1999 by Lois Keidan and Catherine Ugwu for the purpose of supporting infrastructure for and the development of live art. Artists are offered professional advice, and aimed at society at large are events to heighten understanding of and viewing opportunities to expand access to live art, along with related publications. LADA is also tasked with providing funding and organizational assistance for Live Art UK, a network of promoters and facilitators.
- LADA’s Study Room
- This study/research facility is located in London’s Bethnal Green. It contains a comprehensive collection of publications ranging from academic texts to DVDs, videos, CDs and performance documents, documentation and digitalized files of them. The Room’s online catalogue lists over 5,000 items and open access is available to artists, students, curators, academics and other arts professionals. The Study Room has been selected as one of the 50 most outstanding museums and galleries in the UK by The Independent.
- LADA Screens
- This series provide free online screenings of outstanding performance materials. The mediums include camera works, short films, video, archive films/videos.
- Performance Magazine Online
- This is an online archive of Performance Magazine, the magazine published from 1979 to 1992 that had a powerful influence on the UK art world. The archive is produced jointly by LADA and the founding editor Robert La Frenais. The entire archive is digitalized so it can be easily and freely searched, and the contents viewed online.
- “15 Minutes With…”
- This is a podcast archive of recordings of short discussions held with artists and thinkers that LADA has worked with over the years to commemorate LADA’s 15th anniversary.
- FRESH AiR
- This is an initiative from Queen Mary, University of London, produced in collaboration with the LADA. It offers recent graduates and emergent artists support, advice and professional development, including mentoring, and critical feedback for programmed artists and information and advice from experienced artists.