This project is the first of three phases of a long-term vision to radically overhaul my performance work with questions of authenticity, working-class identity and social mobility. All these phases will lead to the creation of a full theatre piece about discouragement I experienced growing up in entering the arts and relationships which continue to shame my class. This will be told through Live Art practices and storytelling from a 16 year old working class performer, who speaks in the same accent I had and lost due to ‘dragging up’ as middle class.
I have been inspired to tell my story as a working class artist and support other working class young people to explore an artistic career. Through support received from Heart of Glass, the first phase, will see me conduct research in the communities I grew up in, building connections with young people there, engaging the same group for phase two in the future.
I will also set up a working group of working-class artists with the support of the Live Arts Development Agency to interrogate the issues facing us and help to shape the project’s approach to working-class identity.
Images courtesy of Chris Atkinson
Please join us as we host our first ever Festive Fair with over 15 exciting stalls run by local artists, activists and social action groups selling art, gifts and tasty things and promoting a range of campaigns around social and environmental justice.
In 2017, LADA moved to its new home at The Garrett Centre in Bethnal Green, a former Unitarian mission that began as a centre for social action in the late 19thcentury and continues to be a hub for working with local communities by housing arts, ethical and community focused groups.
The Festive Fair is part of LADA’s new developments for its new home and new neighbours in the East End.
All proceeds from the Festive Fair are retained by stall holders and reinvested into their work.
Please join us for an evening to launch October’s LADA Screens and mark the end of Restock, Reflect, Rethink Four on Live Art and Cultural Privilege. With contributions from artists Rita Marcalo (aka Instant Dissidence), Kelly Green, Scottee, Barby Asante, Fox Irving, and Amit Rai of Queen Mary University of London.
October’s LADA Screens is the film of Rita Marcalo’s One Last Dance – An Chéad Damhsa, a perambulating dance taking place between Guildford (the place Rita lived in when she arrived in the UK as an Erasmus student in 1994) and Cloughjordan (the rural Irish village that she is moving to post-Brexit). Rita started the dance on 3 September, performing it at LADA on 14 September and ending it in Ireland on 26 October. She returns to LADA on the 30 October to show the film of the London performance and discuss the work in the context of Restock, Reflect, Rethink Four (RRR4).
Restock, Rethink, Reflect is an ongoing series mapping underrepresented artists, practices and histories. Through a programme of residencies, commissions, resources and publications, RRR4 on Privilege (2016-18) has looked at ways in which Live Art enables different forms of understanding, knowledge, agency, and inclusion in relation to issues of youth, old age, displacement and class.
Kelly Green will present two new resources on Live Art and class developed through an RRR4 Study Room research residency and collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University - Let’s Get Classy, a Study Room Guide and Ways of Getting Classy, a Toolkit of Methodologies.
Scottee will present I Made It, a swanky archive book documenting his ten years of making art and making trouble, and The Outsiders’ Handbook, a free zine and survival guide for queer and trans young people written by Scottee, Travis Alabanza, Selina Thompson and Emma Frankland. Both publications were created as part of an RRR4 commission for Scottee: I Made It, a project marking Scottee’s decade as an artist.
Barby Asante will discuss Declaration of Independence, a project bringing together women of colour to perform collective recitations addressing issues of independence, justice, and the role of the artist in a climate of heightened racism and violence.
Fox Irving, an artist taking part on LADA’s subsidised desk scheme, will launch her Working-Class Working Group and plans for a body of work exploring engagement and collaborations with working-class communities.
The discussions will be facilitated by LADA’s partner on RRR4 Amit Rai and Lois Keidan.
Declaration of Independence was LADA’s first Library of Performing Rights annual commission. Kelly Green’s residency, Scottee: I Made It, and Declaration of Independence also formed part pf LADA’s contribution to the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme, co-funded by the European Union.
Image Harrow schoolboys in London Jimmy Sime/Getty Images
A video installation in which the artist tries to teach herself to speak "proper", the artist listens and repeats the word spah-GEH-tee, while at the same time eating spaghetti, often slipping back into her old ways. All that can be seen are the rouge lipstick red lips of the artist, and her working class uncapped and unstraightened teeth. While the artist continues to repeat the trauma of both actions, the dual feelings of not being good enough to physically feeling nauseous from overeating, she breaks down in tears. The work explores hidden forms of self harm.
Bedridden Aunts is a collaborative photo book made by Fox Irving & Katarina Kelsey as part of their 16:9 billboard commission from Kingsgate Workshops.
Fox Irving & Katarina Kelsey have looked into the marginalia of their practices in their first collaborative project: capitalist sorcery, forced translation, catharsis and queer performance. This is the first time these two antipodal artists have worked together, and during the process they have formulated a method for working, sharing and expanding their practices. In fortnightly reading groups they looked at societal structures and their disruption in the form of silence (as an unrecognisable language, as flesh in the incorporeal archive, irresolution) and met every three weeks to make work together.
The billboard represents what happens in the margins of the space outside their work; the fragments of text, responses, moments and fractures that occur within the reuleaux triangle.
Fox Irving is currently an artist / producer based at the Live Art Development Agency (LADA), London as part of the Live Art Desk Scheme www.foxirving.com . Katarina Kelsey makes prints, books and writes www.katarinakelsey.co.uk. They will be continuing this shared experimental practice at Metal, Southend, August 2018.
To purchase our book please visit https://bedriddenaunts.tumblr.com
Billboard image courtesy of Tim Bowditch