The Record of Live Art Practice
What is RLAP?
The Record of Live Art Practice (RLAP) has developed from the original Live Art Archive (LAA)
which was established by
Professor Barry Smith in the mid-1990ís.
RLAP holds information about existing Live Art / Performance Art materials, records and publications
primarily in England and the UK, from 1994 to the present.
It is mostly paper-based although it does contain some videos and dvds, audio-tapes and slides.
RLAP holds more than 200,000 records of Live Art work, and is the most extensive record of Live Art worldwide.
The History of RLAP|
The Live Art Archive (LAA) from which RLAP has evolved was first established in January 1994 when the
Arts Council of England invited Dr Barry Smith (as he was then) of The Nottingham Trent University to formalise
and expand his research collection in order to
create as complete and current a record as possible of Live Art events in England from around 1960 onwards.
This Archive was subsequently developed as a unique research resource at Nottingham Trent University and it
then transferred to the University of Bristol Theatre Collection in January 2006 where it
continues to grow.
The original Live Art Archive online catalogue was deposited with the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), but is now unfortunately
not viewable online. The catalogue will shortly be integrated into the Theatre Collection database and updated with material
from 2000 onwards as resources allow.
A list of the artists, venues and events for which we hold
material in RLAP is available.
Please note that this is a working database rather than
an official catalogue and may be a little out of date. Please contact us to establish what individual items we have.
The Record of Live Art Practice contains material from a wide range of significant performance
artists who have worked with the Live Art Archive and contributed to its development over the years.
Once such artist is Alastair MacLennan, who is respected and renowned for his work in this field.
Originally hosted by the Live Art Archives while at Nottingham Trent University, Alastair's website
has now been deposited with the AHDS.
Material relating to Alastair MacLennan held in the Live Art Archives
Alastair MacLennan's Website