Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme

“CAPP - supporting the development of collaborative arts across Europe”

The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) is a transnational cultural programme focusing on collaborative practices, with the aim to improve and open up opportunities for artists who are working collaboratively across Europe whilst engaging new publics and audiences for collaborative practices.

LADA is a CAPP partner, working alongside Create-Ireland (coordinating lead partner), Agora Collective (Berlin), hablarenarte: (Madrid), Heart of Glass (Liverpool), Kunsthalle Osnabrück (Osnabrück), Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art (Budapest), M-Cult (Helsinki), and Tate Liverpool (UK).

Over four years the different strands of the CAPP programme will involve national and international professional development opportunities (2015), artist residencies (2016), commissioned works, presentations and debates (2017) and a major showcase (2018).

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LADA 2017 CAPP activities:

In 2017, CAPP supported artists’ commissions and a number of public events around collaborative practices and approaches:

KAPUTT: The Academy Of Destruction: A transgenerational project that took place at Tate Exchange, London in October 2017 in a collaboration between LADA, Sibylle Peters of Theatre of Research (Germany) and Tate Early Years and Family Programme (UK). KAPUTT asked if we can see destruction in a different way if we look at it through the lens of Live Art: does Live Art help us see that destruction is not only about violence, hatred and rage, but can be a cultural strategy that is marvelous, manifold, careful and mindful? Who decides what is destruction and what is not and who has permission to destroy? KAPUTT explored these questions through a team of six children and six adult artists working as equal members. For three days they experimented, thought and acted together and shared their practices, experiences and concepts of destruction in six public sessions at Tate Exchange. More information

Kira O’Reilly: Untitled (Bodies): Edited by Harriet Curtis and Martin Hargreaves and published in Autumn 2017 as the fifth title in LADA’s Intellect Live series, Kira O’Reilly: Untitled (Bodies) is the first major survey of the interdisciplinary practices of Kira O’Reilly. O’Reilly’s work approaches the uncertain boundaries of bodies as the starting point for enquiry, and is distinctly relevant to social themes in the arts. Specifically, O’Reilly asks what kind of societies become possible in collaborations across species, organisms and bodies. Bringing together writings by thinkers from visual and performance studies, and documentation from two decades of practice, the publication navigates through and between performance, biotechnical practices, image-making, and writing. The book was launched with a series of roundtable events in Finland, Ireland and the UK in November and December 2017 in partnership with Bioart Society (Helsinki), Live Collision (Dublin), Queen Mary University (London). The events included contributions from a range of artists, scholars, scientists exploring and expanding on some of themes of Kira’s works in relation to their own transdisciplinary practices. More information

Restock Rethink Reflect Four on Live Art and Privilege (2016-18): In 2017, four Study Room Guides and toolkits of methodologies were generated from four CAPP-supported research residencies by Lois Weaver, Elena Marchevska, Kelly Green and Sibylle Peters, which explore Live Art practices and methodologies for working with the underrepresented and underprivileged constituencies of the young, the old, the displaced and the excluded. The guides and toolkits by Lois Weaver, Elena Marchevska and Sibylle Peters were launched in a public event at LADA on 19 October 2017 and are available as free downloads or in print versions on request. Kelly Green’s Guide and Toolkit will be launched in 2018. More information

Practice, Participation, Politics: A public gathering on 8 March 2017 exploring the possibilities of collaborative practices within socially engaged contexts. This was the first CAPP Staging Post event and reflected on the CAPP residencies which took place across Europe throughout 2016 and discussed wider issues in relation to collaborative ways of working, public engagement, participation, and social responsibility.

LADA 2016 CAPP activities:

In 2016, CAPP supported a range of artists’ residencies: 

Restock Rethink Reflect Four on Live Art and Privilege (2016-18). The first year of this project was research based, in the form of four residencies in LADA’s Study Room by Lois Weaver, Elena Marchevska, Kelly Green and Sibylle Peters, exploring Live Art practices and methodologies for working with the underrepresented and underprivileged constituencies of the young, the old, and the displaced and in relation to issues of class and cultural privilege.  

PLAYING UP is an artwork by Sibylle Peters of Theatre of Research (Germany), exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together.

LADA 2015 CAPP activities:

DIY 12, unusual artist led professional development programmes taking place across the UK between July and November 2015. CAPP supported DIY 12 projects by Zierle & Carter, Adam James, Daniel Oliver, Geraldine Pilgrim, Katie Etheridge & Simon Persighetti, Tania El Khoury & Abigail Conway, Owen Parry, Shaun Caton, and Ursula Martinez.

Between Menopause and Old Age, Alternative Beauty, a workshop for older women artists led by the acclaimed Mexican artist Rocio Boliver in November 2015, leading to a public presentation by participants for LADA’s Old Dears programme at Chelsea Theatre on 28 November 2015.  

Details of CAPP Partner’s Opportunities for artists past and present, and information about the CAPP project can be found on the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme website 

The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme is supported by Creative Europe (Culture Sub-Programme) Support for European Co-operation Projects Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.