Theatre Collection Organisations, Venues and Festivals

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  • Active Ingredient
    Aimed at emerging artists and people involved in new works in all disciplines of the arts, Nottingham-based Active Ingredient offers, amongst other services, a website (including profiles, gallery and artists' index) and training in electronic technology.

  • AHDS Digital Resources on Performing Arts (UK)
    The Arts and Humanities Data Service is a UK national service funded by the JISC and AHRB to collect, preserve and promote the electronic resources which result from research and teaching in the arts and humanities.

  • Axis Arts Centre
    Axis Arts Centre, previously the Alsager Arts Centre, has an acclaimed public programme of touring new performance and visual art work presented in two intensive seasons - September to November and January to March. The core of the work is programmed into the new Axis Theatre, Dance and Studio, and the Open Space, in the new Cheshire Contemporary Arts building on the MMU Cheshire campus in Crewe.

  • The Arches
    Based in the cavernous space underneath Glasgow’s Central Station the Arches is one of Europe's leading cultural venues and was the venue for the National Review of Live Art for several years.

  • Arnolfini
    Key centre for the contemporary arts in Bristol, programming exhibitions, films and Live Art.

  • Artangel
    Artangel has pioneered a new way of collaborating with artists and engaging audiences in an ambitious series of highly successful commissions since the early 1990s.

  • Artsadmin
    Artsadmin is a unique producing organisation for contemporary artists working in theatre, dance, live art, visual arts, and mixed media.

  • The Arts Catalyst (Rob La Frenais)
    The Arts Catalyst was set up in 1993 to make new connections between science and the arts. Artists are commissioned to create new work in collaboration with scientists and technologists. Practitioners have included Stelarc, Kitsou Dubois, Jan Fabre, James Acord and Anne Bean.

  • Arts Council England

  • Arts Council of Great Britain Archive (ACGB)
    Information on the ACBG Archive held at the V&A.

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  • Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
    Baltic is a major new international centre for Contemporary Art, situated on the South Bank of the river Tyne, Gateshead, UK. The BALTIC Library and Archive database provides a complete catalogue of all books, periodicals and archive material held in the collection and gives online access to many of the films, audio files, images and publicity material including recent performance art and experimental theatre resources.

  • Barbican
    The Barbican is Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue and presents a year-round programme of art, music, film, theatre, dance and education.

  • Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)
    BAC aims to create and promote exciting, innovative, accessible, high quality and surprising arts activity through creative collaboration between artists, staff and public.

  • Beaconsfield
    Based in South London, Beaconsfield presents regular performance based exhibitions and events as part of a policy "to occupy a niche between the institution, the commercial and the 'alternative”.

  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Départment des Arts du Spectacle (National Library of France, Performing Arts Department)
    Extensive resource including special collections of The Living Theatre and Jean-Louis Barrault.

  • Bluecoat Arts Centre
    Bluecoat's mission statement is "To provide an innovative contemporary arts experience shaped by and going beyond, the unique building that houses it."

  • Brisbane Powerhouse
    Australia's largest centre entirely dedicated to contemporary performance and contemporary cultural development.

  • British Library Sound Archive Video Collection
    Includes video recordings of performances from LIFT, Barclays New Stages and the ICA, the complete rehearsal and performance video archive of Forced Entertainment, and material from artists such as Marina Abramovic, Bobby Baker, Desperate Optimists, Gloria, Annie Griffin, Holly Hughes, Lumière & Son, Moti Roti, Reckless Sleepers, Stan's Cafe, Station House Opera, Théâtre de Complicite and the Wooster Group.

  • Broadway Media Centre
    Broadway is the East Midlands flagship cinema and media centre with an established national and international reputation for film exhibition, production and festivals.

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  • Camden People's Theatre, London (CPT)
    A theatre that provides a unique space for the production and presentation of innovative contemporary theatre and live art by both emerging and established artists. CPT encourages the development of exciting, challenging arts and entertainment experiences created by a diverse range of artists that reflects the rich multi-cultural character of London.

  • Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow
    A contemporary art gallery which hosts a live programme.

  • Center for Contemporary Art Israel
    A registered, non-profit organization founded in 1998 to promote time-based and contemporary artistic practices in Israel. Producer of Blurrr – The International Performance Art Biennial and VideoZone – International Video Art Biennial. The Center also maintains an archive of video pieces by Israeli and international artists,with works from the 1960s to the present.

  • Centre for Performance Research
    The Centre for Performance Research (CPR) is a pioneering and multi-faceted theatre organisation located and rooted in Wales, working nationally and internationally.

  • Chapter
    Based in Cardiff, Chapter is one of Europe's largest and most dynamic arts centres.

  • Chelsea Theatre
    Chelsea Theatre, London's theatre for Live Art, is proud to have hosted some of the biggest names in contemporary performance. It has presented World Premieres from Ron Athey, Goat Island and Annie Sprinkle and is dedicated to commissioning, producing and presenting the freshest and most innovative artists, nationally and internationally.

  • Chinese Arts Centre
    The International development agency for contemporary Chinese artists.

  • Chisenhale Dance Space
    For over 25 years Chisenhale Dance Space has been a seedbed for research and development in movement arts and independent dance. Based in Bow, East London, they are a unique artist-driven organisation that offers project support for body-based work of all kinds, by diverse artists from all communities, investigating new areas in their own practice.

  • CIAO
    Based in California, USA, CIAO work to archive the avant-garde, documenting and preserving digital/variable media art. It catalogues and preserves collections of avant-garde art.

  • Cleveland Performand Art Festival Collection
    A major collection of material pertaining to the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, which was created by Thomas Mulready in 1987 as a project of Cleveland Public Theatre. Probably the largest and most significant collection of material pertaining to performance art in the USA.

  • Colchester Arts Centre

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  • The Drill Hall
    A central London theatre presenting occasional Live Art events with an emphasis on work by women and gay artists.

  • Duckie
    The 'gay indie club' Duckie presents regular nights at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in South London and has occasional themed seasons taking place across the city.

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  • Eurokaz
    The Zagreb festival of New Theatre. Held annually, the scope of the festival has widened to include participants such as Robert Wilson,Stelarc, Jan Fabre, Orlan, Annie Sprinkle and Goat Island.

  • Exeter Digital Archives of performance practice
    Exeter Digital Archives consist of several archives which have been brought together under one imprint in order to acknowledge the dynamic range of contemporary performance practice.

  • Exeter Phoenix
    Exeter Phoenix presents a unique and exciting contemporary programme of dance, theatre, live art, music, spoken word, film and visual art.

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  • FACT
    FACT, the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, is the UK's leading organisation for the commissioning and presentation of film, video and new media art forms. FACT exists to inspire and promote the artistic significance of film, video and new and emerging media.

  • FADO
    A Canadian artist-run centre for performance art. Based in Toronto, Canada, FADO was established to provide a stable, ongoing, supportive forum for creating and presenting performance art, showcasing the work of Canadian and international performance artists.

  • Ferens Art Gallery
    Opened in 1927, the award winning Ferens Art Gallery combines internationally renowned permanent collection displays with a thriving programme of temporary exhibitions. Unique to the Ferens is its purpose built Live Arts Space which hosts a varied programme of events and activities, from performance and time-based art, to concerts and lectures.

  • Fierce! Festival
    Based in Birmingham, and regarded as one of the UK’s most respected performing arts festivals.

  • Franklin Furnace
    Based in New York, USA, Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc's has an extensive archive that follows its mission to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art and is dedicated to serving artists by providing both physical and virtual venues for the presentation of time-based visual art, including but not limited to artists' books and periodicals, installation art, performance art, and "live art on the internet".

  • Future Histories of the Moving Image Research Network
    A body set up to address the issues of sustainability and historiography arising from the growing number of moving image arts database and digitised collection projects in the UK.

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  • Greenroom
    Established in 1983 to develop and present local, national and international performance at venues across Manchester.

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  • Harta Performing Monza
    An International Performance Art Festival held in Monza, Italy.

  • Hemipheric Institute of Performance and Politics
    The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics is a consortium of institutions, artists, scholars and activists dedicated to exploring the relationship between expressive behaviour (broadly construed as performance) and social and political life in the Americas. Currently working with New York University libraries to create a first-rate video archive accessible on-line as well as offer DVD access from NYU's Avery Fisher Centre in Bobst library. Publishes E-Misférica bi-annual journal.

  • Home
    Home is a leading creative production company in the UK specializing in innovative live events with contemporary artists and performers. They explore diverse contexts and spaces, create new forms of cultural experience and emphasize interactivity, entertainment and participation.

  • Hull Time Based Arts
    Promoters and commissioners of the production and exhibition of innovative time-based contemporary art.

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  • Institute of Contemporary Interdisclipinary Arts
    (University of Bath)

    ICIA is an academic research centre commissioning new arts projects regionally and nationally, as well as providing training for artists, arts professionals, academics and educators with an emphasis on interdisciplinary practice.

  • i.e.V.R. - The Institute for the Exploration of Virtual Realities
    Institute at the University of Kansas exploring the uses of virtual reality and related technologies, currently in theatre production and performance

  • The International Theatre Institute
    The International Theatre Institute is an international non-government organisation founded in Prague in 1948 by UNESCO and the international theatre community. A worldwide network, ITI aims to promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts (drama, dance, music, theatre), in order to consolidate peace and solidarity between peoples, to deepen mutual understanding and increase creative co-operation between all people in the theatre arts. The website includes ITI National Centres list and contact information for over 90 countries.

  • Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
    The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

  • International Festival of Experimental Art
    The only festival in Russia to be dedicated to the latest developments in modern art and technologies (biennial).

  • The International Workshop Festival
    An annual Autumn Festival of performance workshops for professional performing artists and students.

  • Intute Live Art Resources
    Intute is a free online service providing access to Web resources for education and research. The service is created by a network of UK universities and partners.

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  • The Kitchen
    The Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance, Film and Literature, New York City.

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  • Laban
    At the heart of South East London's thriving arts community, Laban brings together students, choreographers, designers, writers, researchers, artists, theatre practitioners and musicians from around the world.

  • The Laboratory
    A research unit at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, which fosters and promotes new work in the visual arts.

  • LIVE - Canadian and International Performance Art Biennale
    Performance Arts festival running since 1999.

  • LIFT - London International Festival of Theatre
    Based in London, UK, LIFT is a biennial summer festival introducing some of the world's most exciting artist and theatre-makers to the London landscape.

  • LIMF - London International Mime Festival
    Beginning at The Cockpit Theatre and Arts Centre, London NW8, in January 1977, LIMF is now the longest running festival of its kind in the world. With the exceptions of 1983 and 1986, the Festival has taken place each year and includes workshops, films, debates performances and special events.

  • Live Art Development Agency
    The Live Art Development Agency offers a portfolio of Resources, Professional Development Schemes, and Projects and Initiatives for the support and development of Live Art practices and discourses in London, the UK and internationally.

  • Live Art UK
    Website for the national network of Live Art promoters.

  • The Living Room
    A Web home for experimental musicians, performers and multimedia artists.

  • Locus+
    A visual arts organisation, based at the University of Sunderland, that works with artists in different sites, contexts and formats (including live art). Locus+ hold the largest archive of time-based work in the UK.

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  • MAC (Midlands Arts Centre)
    Established in 1963, and now the most visited arts centre in the Midlands, mac exists "to make innovative creative arts activities an important part of people’s lives".

  • The Magdalena Project
    The Magdalena Project is an international network of women in contemporary theatre, founded in 1986 and spanning over 50 countries, with autonomous national groups organising festivals, gatherings and events on a regular basis.

  • Mobius
    Founded by Marilyn Arsem in 1977 and based in Boston, US, Mobius, Inc. is an artist-run non-profit organization for experimental work in all media.

  • Motiroti
    A London based international arts organisation that creates and produces original works combining new media, visual and performing arts.

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    Annual International performance festival based in Minsk, Belarus.

  • New Moves International
    An arts production company which presents radical live and mediated performance work within the context of international festivals. It presents an annual festival entitled 'New Territories', which includes the National Review of Live Art.

  • New Work Network
    New Work Network promotes and supports the development of new performance, live and interdisciplinary arts practice by providing demand-led networking support for artists and by facilitating engagement and collaboration between practitioners nationally and internationally.

  • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    The library houses the world's most extensive combination of circulating and non-circulating reference and research materials on music, dance, theatre, recorded sound, and other performing arts.

  • NOW Festival
    Based in Nottingham, UK, since 1989 the Now Festival has emerged from live art through new performance and dance, via interests in electronic music and sounds, robotics and digital technologies.

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  • Oui Performance
    Oui Performance is a collaboration between artists Victoria Gray & Nathan Walker. Committed to developing the practice, discourse and education of performance art in the UK, Oui Performance programme performance art in York, North Yorkshire.

  • Oval House Theatre
    Oval House Theatre's reputation as "one of the most important centres for pioneer fringe theatre groups" dates from the 1960s, supporting the experimental theatre companies of the '60s and '70s, the emergence of gay and lesbian and women's theatre in the 1970's and 80's and the development of new Black and Asian writing in the '90s and into the next millenium. Oval House now programmes work by some of the most innovative, cutting edge theatre practitioners in Britain and beyond.

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  • P.S. 122
    Performance Space 122, New York is a not-for-profit arts centre presenting dance, performance, music, film and video programmes.

  • Perfo Puerto
    A performance art festival featuring artists from USA, UK, Iran and Chile.

  • Performa: New Visual Arts Performance
    PERFORMA is a non-profit interdisciplinary arts organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world. PERFORMA commissions new performance projects in visual arts, established a dedicated performance biennial, consults and collaborates with art institutions and performing art presenters around the world to create dynamic and historically significant performance programs. PERFORMA continues to build an ongoing platform for expanding the knowledge and understanding of this critical area of visual and cultural history.

    Latvian performance art web site, with information about 15 Latvian performance artists or goups, who have been connected with performance art or who are active performance artists now.

  • Performance Studies international (PSi)
    PSi is a professional association founded in 1997 to promote communication and exchange between scholars and practitioners working in the field of performance.

  • Practice as Research in Performance (PARIP)
    Based at the University of Bristol, UK, PARIP is a five-year project directed by Professor Baz Kershaw to investigate creative-academic issues raised by practice as research.

  • Prema Arts Centre
    Prema is a small, independent rural Arts Centre. Situated in a former Baptist Chapel, it has a unique, intimate atmosphere, with dynamic live events and a broad range of participatory arts opportunities.

  • The Present Tense
    A group active in organizing performance art events and festivals in the Boston (U.S.)area that include the work of local, national and international artists working in experimental time- based media.

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  • queerupnorth International Festival
    Queerupnorth exists to support, produce and present queer arts and to make queer arts and culture accessible and available to the widest possible audience.

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  • Radiator
    The UK's leading biennial festival for New Technology Art.

  • ResCen
    ResCen, the Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts, is a multi-disciplinary, artist–driven research centre. Established in 1999 it is designed to be a bridge between academia and the practices of professional performing artists.

  • Riverside Studios
    A unique and historic West London based centre for contemporary and international performance and cinema.

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  • 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival
    An artist-run collective formed in 1997 and based in Toronto, Canada.

  • Serpentine Gallery
    Serpentine Gallery is one of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art.

    An on-line resource, the SIBMAS International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions lists over 7000 international institutions with material relating to the performing arts (theatre, opera, music, ballet, film, circus, radio, television, pantomime).

  • Southbank Centre
    Southbank Centre is at the heart of an arts quarter stretching from the Royal National Theatre and National Film Theatre to Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. It includes the Southbank Centre Archive, which aims to collect, manage and preserve and make available, as far as possible, any information, documents or artefacts relating to events and exhibitions held in the performing arts spaces of the Southbank Centre - including outdoors and the foyers as well as all concert halls - since the Royal Festival Hall was opened in 1951.

  • South London Gallery
    A venue which offers regular seasons of UK and international Live Art, plus one off events throughout the year.

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  • TATE Britain Live Culture
    As part of Tate's commitment to supporting diverse forms of contemporary artistic practice, Tate Modern collaborated with the Live Art Development Agency on Live Culture, which took place from 27 -30 March 2003. This initiative placed contemporary performance against the context of the gallery's display of the collection for the first time. Live Culture provided an opportunity to engage with the shifting nature of Live Art practice in relation to the visual arts, by bringing together distinguished artists, theorists and curators to examine the expansion of performance art across broader artistic and social arenas, and its role in relation to cultural change.

  • Te Puna Toi
    Based in Canterbury, New Zealand, Te Puna Toi is a Performance Research Project established by the Department of Theatre and Film studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Its aim is to provide a centre for the production of and research into performance and film for artists and scholars in New Zealand and internationally, devised in close collaboration with CPR.

  • TEST Performance
    TEST is a series of performance art events which take place between two and four times throughout the year, produced by seven individuals living and working in Boston.

  • Theatre Institut Nederland
    Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, this superior Theatre Institut consists of support centre, museum and library for the performing arts in the Netherlands.

  • Theatre Institut Prague
    Based in Prague, Czech Republic, this centre produces publications, holds archives on theatre productions including photographs, reviews, periodicals, books and on-line databases.

  • Theatre Museum (at the V&A) Theatre and Performance Collection

  • Theatre Museum National Video Archive of Performance Recordings
    National Museum of the Performing Arts website video listings.

  • Time Out
    Web version of the listings magazine, giving arts and events details for more than 20 cities worldwide including Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and New York.

  • Trampoline
    A regular platform in the East Midlands for new and experimental film, music and media.

  • Tramway
    One of the leading contemporary visual and performing arts venues in Europe. Current host to the National Review of Live Art.

  • Tremor
    The annual Tremor event is a platform for experimental live art including performance art, noise/sound/transmission arts, and multidisciplinary actions/interventions.

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  • is a flexible, curated view of contemporary art practice in Wales. Selected by invited curators, writers, artists, etc, it provides a critical look at a wide and diverse range of practice.

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  • Manuel Vason
    Website for renowned photographer Manuel Vason, whose fascination for the human body has found its best manifestation when associated with the notion of performance.

  • Vital (International Chinese Live Art Festival)
    Begun in 2006, an international festival of Live Art in Manchester to raise awareness of the diverse, exciting and challenging work being made by artists of Chinese descent from across the world.

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  • The Zap Club
    Founded in 1984, The Zap Club is one of the UK’s leading multimedia entertainment venues, showcasing the best in comedy and performance art.
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