Study Room in Exile

Study Room in Exile

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Study Room in Exile is Live Art Development Agency’s satellite study room housed in the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home in Liverpool.

The launch of the Study Room in Exile took place on Wednesday 30th September 2015 at 6pm at the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home.

In the lead up to the launch, Gary and Lena created a performative paper called ‘Study.Room.In.Exile.’. This was written collaboratively during their 7 day separation. Lena wrote from the domestic sphere where she digested 7 titles from LADA publications (all of which were donated to the Institute by LADA), whilst Gary wrote from Athens where he attended ‘Institutions, Politics, Performance’ conference. Gary was concerned with Exile and Lena with Study.

Check out our performative paper here:

The recording of the Launch Event can be listened to here:


Study Room in Exile hosted  four public events in four seasons. A study room for all seasons!

Our Winter event took place on Friday 29th January 2016: A Motherhood and Live Art gathering.

Our Spring event didn’t happen but we held two Summer events in June: ‘Women of Europe‘ and ‘Study Room in Exile at Green Park’ in Athens.

Our Autumn event ‘The Anarchist Stammer’ exploring the Liverpool Anarachist Communist Sunday School took place on 18 September 2016.


2017 Aw The Institute consolidate and finish up lots of what we’d started in 2016. In Spring, in collaboration with Miffy Ryan, the Study Room in Exile hosted an event called Motherhood and Live Art 2: Are we screwing the kids up?’, a discussion about processes and ethics in performance work with children.

In Summer, in collaboration with Zoë Svendsen, the Study Room in Exile hosted an event ‘Women of Europe 2’.

Gary and Lena published a book chapter ‘At Home and Abroad: The Study Room in Exile’ in Performance and Civic Engagement an edited collection of essays and interviews, Palgrave 2018.

2018 will see the Study Room in Exile co-host the Library of Performing Rights.

To book a visit to the Study Room in Exile email us on
We are open on Mondays and Tuesdays (our research days).

Study Room in Exile library catalogue on libib – a list of 87 items that the Institute currently holds and which is open to the public.

Study Room in Exile  – LADA link