Live Art Desk Scheme
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.
Dedicated desk spaces have been made available on an annual basis, with the following benefits: free wifi provision; 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 Unbound purchases; access to LADA’s Study Room. Subject to availability and timing space can also be made available for meetings and gatherings.
The Desk Scheme group are:
Ana de Matos
Flora Wellesley Wesley
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’.
From leopard-skin dresses in Liverpool to queer liberal London, the artist's identity is liminal and precarious; it is this complexity of identity alongside the misrepresentations of the underclass and ‘benefits culture’ by the mainstream media that is the core of their practice. The focus at LADA will be a period of discursive self-improvement, in which the artist will wrestle with their ambivalence towards their present identity as ‘artist’ and how it intersects with their own working-class roots.
Fox Irving is an artist & activist based in London, who was awarded a scholarship to complete an MA in Visual Arts at Camberwell, University of the Arts London, in which they gained a distinction in 2015. Fox's work takes a variety of forms, from installations and performances to collective actions. Recent projects include the subvertising of London’s free newspapers, developing workshops and performances with The Baltic, Gateshead and a commission by Counter Plymouth Art Book Fair.
Ana de Matos
Ana de Matos’ practice explores the possibilities and challenges of the audio-visual medium to create live and immersive experiences for the viewer. She has been inspired by the outcome of Arts Council funded research (in partnership with LADA and SPILL Festival, 2016), suggesting that the parameters of experiencing a performance through a 360 degree camera lens has the potential to be close to a live experience.
In the next year, Ana will work on Live Art collaborative projects to camera and documentation of live performance events / festivals. She wants to develop new ways of working with performance in VR. At LADA, Ana plans to develop new projects and ideas in partnership with producers and artists participating in the scheme, and to help document LADA events as well as participate in LADA’s ongoing development.
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 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.