The Live Art Archives

Theatre Collection The Live Art Archives

Live Art Archives logo The Live Art Archives include the Record of Live Art Practice, the National Review of Live Art Archive, the Digital Performance Archive, the Arts Council England Live Art and Performance Archive, the Franko B Archive, Performance magazine Archive, the David Hughes Live Art Archive, the Alastair Snow Archive, the greenroom Archive and the Bodies in Flight Archive. In addition, the Archives hold the original tapes from the queerupnorth Video Archive, together with DVD copies for viewing.

The Archives' holdings also contain a number of smaller collections of Live Art related material in various formats, such as full sets of Hybrid, Primary Sources, and LiveArt magazine, and a complete set of DVDs by the artist Reza Abdoh. Additional Live Art resources include Liveartwork DVDs, a complete set of the 9 DVDS for Bobby Baker's Daily Life series, and books to support research into Live Art, which are held in the Theatre Collection library.

star NEWS - The National Review of Live Art Video Archive is now available to view ONLINE star

star NEWS - The Live Art Archives have worked with JISC Digital Media to digitise the material held in the Digital Performance Archive (DPA) and we hope to make it available online as soon as possible. As the original catalogue is no longer searchable via the AHDS, lists of the DPA holdings are available on the DPA web

The Live Art Archives are responsible for the administration of the LIVEART, FESTIVAL and ARTNET JISCmail discussion lists.

The Live Art Archives web pages are included in the Live Art Collection, which 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. The Live Art Collection is maintained by the British Library in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency, London.

Record of Live Art Practice logo The Record of Live Art Practice
National Review of Live Art Archive logo The National Review of Live Art Archive
(NRLA Archive)
Digital Performance Archive logo The Digital Performance Archive
Arts Council England Live Art and Performance logo The Arts Council England
Live Art and Performance Archive
(ACELAP Archive)
Performance magazine pic The Performance magazine Archive
(PMAG Archive)
queerupnorth logo The queerupnorth Video Archive
(QUN Archive)
Franko B Archive logo The Franko B Archive
David Hughes logo The David Hughes Live Art Archive
(Incorporating Hybrid, liveartmagazine and Live Art Listings)
Alastair Snow logo The Alastair Snow Archive
greenroom logo The greenroom Archive
BIF logo The Bodies in Flight Archive
HTBA logo The Hull Time Based Arts Archive

How to Search the Live Art Archives
The Live Art Archives holdings catalogues are currently being migrated onto the Theatre Collection database and in due course will be searchable through the main search facility.

At the moment, the most up-to-date catalogue of all our Live Art material is held and maintained in the Theatre Collection and can be searched by a member of the Theatre Collection team on request. Some typical database search requests have been included on the Live Art Archives' RLAP web page to help researchers during this interim cataloguing period, and NRLA yearly searches are included on the Live Art Archives' NRLA Archive web page. Users can also search the NRLA catalogue online and the NRLA Online project pages to find out more about the archive and its digitisation.

The Live Art Archives are available for viewing and research by appointment. For further information on the Archives and/or to arrange a visit please contact:
Bex Carrington, Keeper: Live Art Archives
Tel: 0117 33 15186 or email:

Performance Matters Archive logo The Performance Matters Archive is a collaboration between Performance Matters and the British Library. Performance Matters (2009-12) was a creative research project rethinking why performance matters through the matter of performance. The project was a collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London, University of Roehampton and the Live Art Development Agency, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Performance Matters Archive DVD List

What is Live Art? DVD - available in the Live Art Archives So ......... what is Live Art?
Live Art Archives Links
Artists Organisations, Venues and Festivals

Live Art Archives Bibliography
Books and Articles Journals & E-zines

Great Western Research logo The Great Western Research Project
Performing the Archive:
the Future of the Past

Arnolfini Live Archive
The Live Art Archives have close links with Arnolfini Live's Archive, which is held at the Bristol Record Office.

What's Welsh for Performance?
A research project devoted to uncovering and archiving the history of Performance Art in Wales.

Experimental Theatre and Live Art in the British Library Sound Archive: A Rough Guide (download)

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