Katherine Araniello Bursaries

The brilliant artist Katherine Araniello died on Monday 25 February 2019. Katherine was an extraordinary human being, a tireless and audacious activist, and an accomplished and ground-breaking artist.

She made essential and challenging work engaging with disability, agency and the aesthetics of the body. Her film, performance and digital art was politically fearless and infused with subversive humour. She was also heavily invested in collaboration, working with Aaron Williamson as The Disabled Avant-Garde (DAG) and with many other artists on individual projects.

In her honour two bursaries aim to support two self-determined year-long artistic and professional development programmes.

The nature of the bursaries is open and will be tailored around the specific aspirations and needs of the bursary recipients. Some, for example, may wish to ‘buy’ space and time, or access to training and resources to hone and/or develop particular skills. Some may wish to undertake specialised research or take time to think, write or imagine different ways of working. Others may wish to develop new partnerships or contexts for their work, engage in critical discourses around their practice and/or undertake attachments with an artist, collective or organisation.

Artists will receive an award of £5000. This award can be allocated in whatever ways the artists chose, but should be used to cover ‘artistic and research’ costs such as fees (to themselves to mentors or to others), space, materials and resources expenditure etc.

There will be an additional budget, available on request and subject to negotiation, of up to £1500 for each artist’s ‘practical and production’ costs such as access requirements, direct costs related to bursary outcomes etc.

Recipients will have access to LADA’s resources and facilities, and the support of the LADA team



  • The Katherine Araniello Bursaries are aimed at UK based, ‘early career’, unapologetically radical and politicised artists who work in Live Art, identify as disabled people, and whose practice embraces Katherine’s spirit and politics.
  • Applicants must have been practicing within Live Art, or related areas of practice, for at least five years.
  • To get a sense of Katherine’s spirit and politics please watch her films on YouTubeThe Disabled Avant-Garde’s films on YouTube  and read Martin O’Brien’s tribute to Katherine How Not To Do Disability (see below).
  • Applicants should be committed to the possibilities of ‘live’ practices and to exploring new contexts for work or dialogues around the work.
  • Applicants’ potential to undertake self-determined professional development and research, and the timeliness and appropriateness of this bursary to their practice and to Live Art in general will be critical.
  • See LADA’s What is Live Art? webpage for more information.


Deadline for proposals

12pm, Thursday 30 April 2020

Announcement of bursary awards will be made by mid May 2020.

The bursary processes will run from June 2020 to June 2021.



Published on:
2 Apr 2020


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