The workshops were part of LADA’s annual DIY scheme providing opportunities for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. In 2015 we supported 20 projects in collaboration with 19 national partner organizations, of which 9 were selected for CAPP evaluation by lead artists and participants. The workshops covered a wide range of ideas and issues: supporting artists to make short cabaret act/performance pieces from which they can earn cash money, constructing a fictional people to remap a forgotten city, experimenting with awkward participatory performance, exploring the concept of returning to what one understands as “home”, fandom, setting up a University of DIY, experimental drawing and ‘shadow’ work in ritualistic performance, exploring the boundaries of the imagined and reality in a secret location, and armed resistance training for women. All workshops were free to participants and fully subscribed.
Artists: Zierle & Carter, Adam James, Daniel Oliver, Geraldine Pilgrim, Katie Etheridge & Simon Persighetti, Tania El Khoury & Abigail Conway, Owen Parry, Shaun Caton, and Ursula Martinez.
Locations: Dublin, St Helens, Norwich, unknown location, London, Cumbria, Manchester
“One of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had in my professional practice”. Fans of Live Art participant.
“Live Art Development Agency’s DIY umbrella of workshops [is] a brilliant constellation of on-going initiatives that inspire and nurture a spirit of experiment and adventure that activates the Liminal spaces and communities of learning, particularly acknowledging learning as a life-long process. Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti”, ‘University of DIY’ lead artists