The Live Art Web Collection

The Live Art Web Collection is part of the UK Web Archive, a corpus of websites selected by leading UK institutions for their historical, social and cultural significance in the UK, for the benefit of researchers. Snapshots of each title, known as instances, are taken at suitable intervals. The archive is free to view and has collected over 4,000 selected websites since it was set up in mid-2005.

The Live Art Web Collection was initiated in 2008, and is maintained by the British Library in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency.

The range of websites in this collection includes organizations supporting and promoting Live Art; artists’ websites; artistic or project-driven sites; blogsites and online spaces for critical reviews and commentaries; and online archival sites relating to Live Art. The Live Art Web Collection reflects some of the diverse practices and approaches of artists today and the curatorial, cultural and critical frameworks that exist to support, promote and comment upon Live Art and the ephemeral nature of this area of practice.

The collection is free to access and can be viewed here.

The Agency is committed to increasing the ways in which artists, promoters, students, scholars, thinkers, writers and arts professionals can access a range of online and digital resources for research purposes. The Live Art Collection complements the Agency's Study Room.

Websites represented in The Live Art Web Collection have either been selected by the Agency or have been successfully nominated for archiving. They have been selected as organisations' and individuals' websites and blogsites that are primarily concerned with Live Art in the UK, and are gathered with permissions from the website content owners.

The Live Art Development Agency and the British Library are always interested in further nominations for the Live Art Web Collection. Further information can be found here.

The British Library, National Library of Wales, JISC, Wellcome Library and National Archives collaborate to build the UK Web Archive. This initiative is a partnership between the Live Art Development Agency and the British Library.