DIY with Live at LICA: past projects

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DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.  DIY is a Live Art Development Agency project, supported by Live at LICA in the North West since 2007.  See for a full list of the projects over the last nine years, and the various partner organisations.  

DIY8 (2011)

Pete Edwards: The Invisible Obstacle Course, a game of strategy and unfamiliar territory

This project was aimed at Live and performance artists whose own voice and/or body are central to their work.  Pete Edwards created a series of ‘Obstructions’ to take artists outside of their performative comfort zone and expand their toolkit of strategies and techniques.

The Invisible Obstacle Course took place in London at The People Show Studio in October 2011. 


DIY7: (2010)

Manuel Vason: Becoming an Image

This was a site-specific project exploring the relationship and transition between and from body-based performance into sculpture and photography.

Internationally renowned photographer Manuel Vason worked with seven established artists from across the world. The artists spent time in Morecambe, exploring the bay and some iconic locations, including Morecambe's stunning but derelict Winter Gardens. The result is a beautifully realised photographic series, featuring the artists and their work, set against the backdrop of Morecambe.

Vason and the collaborating artists worked as a group, both experimenting individually and leading both in front and behind the camera. The group experimented with video and explored different possibilities of making images using alternative mediums to photography.  This project lasted four days and took place in August 2010.

Images created as part of Manuel Vason's project Becoming an Image were be exhibited at the opening of the new building of Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA). Curated by Live at LICA to mark the LICA Launch Festival.

DIY6: (2009)

Lorena Rivero De Beer: Exercises to Activate the Political Imagination of the City Wanderer

This project was a collaborative workshop for artists who are interested in cultural politics and critical thinking to research and respond creatively to the city’s public sculptures. The workshop took place in Liverpool and eleven people were selected to take part from across the UK and Ireland.

DIY5: (2008)

twoaddthree: First Retreat then Advance!!

This project was a cultural activist intervention into Liverpool08, Capitalism of Culture with The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home during September 2008.

'The Retreat' involved two days of critical self-reflection and a personalised mapping of Liverpool and its Capitalism of Culture.  'The Advance' took place a week later, in the form of cultural activist interventions in the city.

DIY4: (2007)

During DIY 4, two projects were selected to take place.  These were:

Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon: Unknown Terra-tories

This weekend consisted of a walking expedition with two overnight stays in the Dinah Hoggus camping barn, Borrowdale. It involved one full day’s walk through mountainous terrain with practical exercises and discussions en-route. This was an opportunity for artists to question and reflect upon their practice in a supportive, safe and inspiring environment.  The workshop gave the group a chance to discuss their fears into the night, sweat out our frustrations uphill and scream our dreams into the distant horizon.

This project took place in July 2007.


FrenchMottershead: Live Art Campers!

A mini-break for North-West based emerging artists, led by Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead. 

This event involved country walks and sitting around the fire.  Interspersed with the frivolity were sessions, introduced by Rebecca and Andrew, drawing on their experiences, but very much about the group sharing ideas and methodologies. These covered topics such as being strategic and creative with marketing to audiences, programmers and funders; keeping in touch with work; setting up the support networks we need; easing the load through collaborations; proposal-writing; and so on.

This project took place in July 2007.