Katherine was an extraordinary human being, a beloved friend of LADA, a long-standing LADA Board member, a fearless activist, and an artist who was central to so many of our publications, projects, events and professional developments programmes over many years. We will be bereft without her in our life. As Katherine's fellow LADA Board member Dominic Johnson said on hearing of her passing, "Live Art feels that bit less interesting and wild without her.”
We had been working with Katherine on a LADA Screens* programme for this April, and so with the blessing of her partner and family we are turning the planned event into a memorial and a celebration of Katherine – showing a selection of her amazing film works, hearing from collaborators and artists about what she meant to them and to Live Art, and collectively raising a glass of Prosecco to her.
LADA is also working with Katherine’s partner and family on Katherine’s legacy and is setting up an annual Katherine Araniello Bursary for an unapologetically radical and politicised artist who works in Live Art and identifies as a disabled person. We plan to launch the Bursary at the memorial event on the 16th April.