Laura Godfrey Isaacs and Mimi Banks launched Home Live Art in December 1999 with a site-specific visual arts exhibition produced in Laura’s family home in Camberwell, South London. The company continued to use the house as a venue for public exhibitions and then, more predominantly, performances and events for the next 7 years. Home Live Art became well known for its “Salons”, programming intimate works that explored the unique domestic context, the relationship between art and life, and the dynamic between site, performer and audience.
In 2005, Home Live Art directors brought the salon series to a close in order to explore making work in other sites and contexts. The company produced The Church Ale Festival, a landmark site specific performance arts festival that same year in rural mid-suffolk. This project set the scene for Home Live Art’s current specialism in developing work that responds sensitively to location and context, and our commitment to bringing live art performance practice to accessible contexts and engaging new audiences.
In 2012, after 13 years, Laura Godfrey Isaacs, resigned as co-director. Co-founder Mimi Banks joined by long term associate producer Jane Greenfield jointly lead the company until Katy Baird took over in 2018.