Live Art Desk Scheme

Ongoing Opportunity

In October 2017, at LADA’s new facility at The Garret Centre (Bethnal Green, London), we launched a subsidised ‘desk space’ scheme for six Live Art Producers, curators, researchers and artists. This scheme expands on LADA’s current Producer-In-Residence scheme.

A flexible desk space is available with the following benefits: free Wi-Fi provision; lift access and disabled toilet; access to photocopier, printer, kitchen; use of LADA’s mailing address; access to LADA staff for advice and other support; networking with other producers, curators, researchers and artists; a 10% discount on any Unbound purchases and access to LADA’s Study Room. Subject to availability and timing space can also be made available for meetings and gatherings.

The current Desk Scheme users are:

Deborah Pearson
Susannah Hewlett
Jen Smethurst and Vijay Patel
Flora Wellesley Wesley
Sara Wishart
Alessandra Cianetti

I have really benefited from the desk space and have fallen in love with the space and the nurturing LADA has given me over the time I have been there. Fox Irving, Desk Scheme artist and producer (2107 – 2019)




Susannah Hewlett

Susannah Hewlett is a UK artist, performer and writer whose work crossbreeds live art, comedy, theatre, sound and film. She is an associate artist of award winning company Duckie.

Fixated on popular culture, her work challenges the comfort of audiences by using comedy as a strategy to disarm - scratching through the shiny Saturday night TV dazzle or looking past the kindly smile to reveal unpalatable truths about the human condition.

She will focus her time realising new short film The Obligation which explores death and telemarketing in suburbia as well as concentrating on new writing and touring interactive soap opera Latherland. She also hopes to prep for the first ever University de Nowhere  - a summer school for artists not currently in any form of education or without the opportunity to study. This would bring together key Live Art practitioners through talks, tutorials and mentoring for a number of ‘students’.


Sarah Wishart

Sarah Wishart is a writer, researcher and artist living and working in London for the last 23 years. Most recently she has been working on a collective residency about small arts Undertow, been the guest editor for the Spring edition of Sluice magazine Perform, Subvert, Transform about art’s fictions with a central article on LADA and the DIY programme. She has a PhD in how the documentation of live art might include the memories of audiences. 

In this first year after her PhD, Sarah will be using the LADA desk space to get working on a number of writing projects, a collaborative film project about London and EU migrants with artist Nicholas Middleton, a photography project about geographies of fear. She is also a member of the writers collective and the Executive Producer for the Forest Fringe film project.


Deborah Pearson

Deborah Pearson is a writer, curator and live artist. She frequently tours internationally, having had her work performed in 17 countries, 4 continents, and translated into five languages. She makes work for a variety of contexts - including cinemas, art galleries and theatres. She is also founder and co-director of Forest Fringe and curated the inaugural Summerworks Performance Festival’s Live Art Series and Cameo Live Series. She has a PhD in narrative in performance from Royal Holloway, where she was a Reid Scholar. She has won awards as both an artist and a curator.

Deborah will be using her desk space at LADA to work on tours of her projects History History History, Post-National and The Filibuster, and a book using her PhD research about narrative in contemporary performance.


Jen Smethurst

Jen Smethurst is a burned-out Independent Producer, Stage Manager and body piercing enthusiast. They are Jeneral Manager/mum of Sh!t Theatre, SM for Tom Cassani (Someone Loves You Dive With Care/I Promise You That Tonight), ASM for Scottee (Fat Blokes), part of Transmissions and have previously worked with a whole bunch of amazing artists including: Annie Siddons, Lousie Orwin, la John Joseph,  vFd & Femmetopia Festival.

They also work with artists/producers to translate Arts Council Applications into accessible formats & as a support worker/consultant producer/mentor, with emerging artists/producers, including: Vijay Patel & Tilly Bungard, I Need to Cher, Krishna Istha, Jo Marius Hague, Jade Montseratt, Fox Irving, Ray Filar, Dex Grodner, Umama Hamido & Ema Boswood. Jen is interested in dismantling & rebuilding the absolute clusterfuck of independent producing in the UK. They are developing a Producer Consultancy practice, focusing on: Working with Trans & Queer people to support their specific needs, creating resources to help artists feel more confident around self-producing, having a space to have no idea what you are doing. They will use their time at LADA to meet with artists & producers to develop ways of working that don’t end up with people losing their shit for the sake of art.


Flora Wellesley Wesley

Flora Wellesley Wesley is a performer who lives in London. Alongside making her own work she collaborates with a variety of choreographers, directors and visual artists on projects for screen, stage, and gallery and site-specific spaces.

As an independent artist she works intuitively and often whimsically, producing bold, exuberant and intimate multimodal work. Since 2017 she has been working on the umbrella project The Weather Inside, creating a body of work - live performances, photographs, films and writing - out of her interest in the subject of seasonality and mood/iness.

Working freelance Flora has danced for choreographers Simonetta Alessandri, Seke Chimutengwende, Florence Peake, Robbie Synge, Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome and Eva Recacha, worked with visual artists Evy Jokhova, Ed Fornieles, William Hunt and Eddie Peake, appeared in films by Grace Schwindt and live art works by Richard DeDomenici, acted in Lost Text/Found Space productions, and done collaborative research with artists Kira O’Reilly and Guy Dartnell.

Flora co-directs Nora with dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Stephanie McMann. Together they invite choreographers to create new work for them to perform and tour. Hitherto they have curated and commissioned new work by Deborah Hay, Liz Aggiss, Simon Tanguy, and Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion. Between 2019 and 2021 they will work with Eleanor Bauer and Last Yearz Interesting Negro. Nora is an ongoing dancer-led project which, aside from making performances, also consists of teaching, research, writing and advocacy. These are all means by which to question power structures, reshuffle hierarchies and forefront the agency of dancers in the working environment. Nora is in the process of making Nora Reels, a film series documenting conversations between dancers, amplifying their voices as they recount experiences and engage with subjects of agency, power and employment ethics.

Flora is currently one of the 32 Equity Councillors who make up the union's democratically elected governing body.


Alessandra Cianetti

Alessandra Cianetti is a London-based curator, creative producer, writer, and researcher. Her work explores urgent socio-political issues with a focus on notions and lived experiences of physical, cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, economic borders.

She is the founder of performingborders, a curatorial digital research platform and series of national and international public programmes around art and borders. She has worked on multi-disciplinary Live and Visual Art projects across the UK, Europe, and internationally in partnership with arts organisations, institutions, community centres, and universities such as, among others, the Barbican Centre, the Live Art Development Agency, Tate Britain, South London Gallery, Bonington Gallery, King’s College London, Birkbeck University, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Beyond the Wall Festival Mexico/US, City of Skopje, Ikona Gallery Venice, FEFÈ Project Rome. Her activities have been supported, among others, by the Arts Council England, the European Cultural Foundation, the National Arts Council Singapore, and the Fire Station Artists’ Studios Dublin. From April 2014 to March 2018, Alessandra has been co-director of the London-based arts organisation Something Human. Alessandra is part of the steering group of Artists Direct Change, an equal platform for emerging visual artists with learning disabilities created by Intoart, London, UK.

She will use her time at LADA to carry on her research and create new exciting programmes around national and international Live Art practices that work on, across, and against borders.