LIDS Ladies perform “Something about nationalism AKA JOYCE WIELAND DAY.” July 1, 2012. From left: Nicole Burisch, Anthea Black, Wednesday Lupypciw. Photo by Cynthia Broderick.

The Ladies’ Invitational Deadbeat Society (LIDS) was founded in 2006 as a closely-knit affiliation of then-unemployed cultural workers, not working, but still bustin’ ass within Alberta artist-run culture. Their activities made visible and politicized women’s roles in the arts economy through tactical laziness, crafty collaboration, over-performance, and wild hilarity. They announced their intentions to DO LESS in a series of works produced between 2012 and 2014, and to withdraw from art-making at the Calgary Biennial 2015. After a decade of non-activity, they will officially it quits in 2016 with the publication of their last work: the REFUSAL READER. LIDS was Anthea BlackNicole Burisch, and Wednesday Lupypciw.

Read more at the full-on LIDS’opedia.

About anthea black

Artist, writer, cultural worker.