Artist: Marita Bullmann, Germany. IPA Summer Bucharest 2014. Photographer: Jürgen Fritz

Founded in 2006


IPA is an international performance art workshop which travels across Europe each year and takes place in chosen cities. IPA stands for International Performance Association, there’s nothing else quite like it.
Founded by Jurgen Fritz in 2006, IPA supported 258 artists from 34 different nations, with workshop run by international artists including Jurgen Fritz (Germany), Boris Nieslony (Germany), Monali Meher (India), Alastair MacLennan (Ireland), Adina Bar-On (Israel), Arti Grabowski (Poland), Klara Schilliger and Valerian Maly (CH), Elvira Santamaria Torres (Mexico), Kira O´Reilly (UK), Bartolomé Ferrando (Spain), He Chengyao (China), Ray Langenbach (Malaysia), Lynn Lu (Singapore/UK), Roi Vaara, (Finland), Nezaket Ekici (Turkey/Germany), Rocio Boliver (Mexico) and Zierle and Carter (UK).

For IPA Bristol this year, we draw upon the outstanding history of IPA with an added platform event of performance events and a symposium that will take place at The Arnolfini, an international arts venue located in the centre of Bristol.

The read more about The Intenational Performance Association (IPA) click here


Paul Carter (UK), IPA Summer Bucharest 2014, Photo by Jürgen Fritz

Paul Carter (UK), IPA Summer Bucharest 2014, Photo by: Jürgen Fritz


Earth & Spirit Centre, Glastonbury. Photo by: Fay Stevens


IPA first approached Bristol in 2014. In partnership with Bristol Biennial, IPA ran a performance art weekend with a live art bootcamp, platform for artists and workshop. The event engaged over 300 artists and audience.

This year, we’re excited to announce the return of IPA Bootcamp to Bristol, with workshops led by international artists VestAndPage (Italy/Germany), Jelili Atiku(Nigeria) and Jürgen Fritz (Germany).
Organised by creative produce Eva Martino with curator Fay Stevens, IPA Autumn 2015 will be hosted for the first time in Glastonbury and Bristol. The artist-led workshops will take place at the Earth Spirit Centre near Glastonbury, located in beautiful Somerset with wonderful working spaces both inside and out.
A live platform will take place the following week in Bristol, in a 3 day event of performance, symposium and discussion, taking place in public spaces and Arnolfini, international centre for contemporary art, with networks including local artists and producers.


IPA workshops are an inspirational, provocative and intense period of making for artists working across visual, performing and live disciplines.

You may be an emerging or mid-career artist looking to push the boundaries of your practice or an established practitioner seeking a new challenge. You do not need to have experience with performance, but should bring an open mind and be prepared to try new methods and approaches in your work.
The IPA experience is a life changing event, both the IPA Bristol creative producer Eva and curator Fay have taken part as artists in IPA workshops. IPA creates spaces and context for artists to work in extraordinary ways, for example:

“I’ve been thinking over the past couple of days about the performances I saw, people I met and, of course the fantastic workshop with Jurgen – all in all it was a great experience for me as an artist.” – Jonathan, Workshop Participant

“I wanted to thank you for looking after us SO well. It truly felt like a home from home where I felt held, safe, justified and connected. It meant a lot to take part and actually ‘feel’ part.” – Maud, Workshop Participant

Eva Martino (UK) & Kelly Ann Gardener (Germany), IPA Summer Istanbul 2014, Photo by: Jürgen Fritz

Eva Martino (UK) & Kelly Ann Gardener (Germany),  IPA Summer Istanbul 2014, Photo by: Jürgen Fritz

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Marita Bullman, IPA Summer Bucharest 2014, Photo by: Jürgen Fritz

Artist: Marita Bullmann, Germany. IPA Summer Bucharest 2014.  Photographer: Jürgen Fritz