Library of Performing Rights

The Library of Performing Rights (LPR) was originally created by Lois Weaver and Queen Mary University London in collaboration with LADA in 2016 for Performance Studies international (PSi)12: Performing Rights, as a unique resource containing over 250 publications, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, brochures, digital and web-based initiatives that examine the intersection between performance and Human Rights and were submitted by artists, activists and academics from around the world.

Since PSi12, LPR has been housed in LADA’s Study Room as a distinct collection of materials, has been presented in Vienna and Glasgow as part of LADA’s Performing Rights programmes, and been installed in Rio De Janeiro and Montreal in curatorial initiatives led by Andrew Mitchelson and Lois Weaver.


2017 Developments

From August 2017 LPR has been reimagined and reactivated, in collaboration with Lois Weaver, the artist and researcher Elena Marchevska and the Study Room In Exile in Liverpool, as a concept or approach to research and practice rather than a distinct collection and is available as a place of action, a place of knowledge exchange, a repository of experience, and a resource and a context that others can use to support and advance their own work both at LADA and elsewhere.

New developments include –

  • The integration of LPR titles into LADA’s wider Study Room holdings, and the addition of existing Study Room holding that engage with issues of ‘rights’ into the concept of the LPR. All related titles will be catalogued and branded as Library of Performing Rights resources.
  • Navigations through LPR titles in relation to their relevance to the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • The creation of LPR Touring Boxes for which festivals, organisations, artists and others can curate their own selection of LPR titles as temporary installations at a wide range of public events.
  • LPR Open events in LADA’s Study Room and the Study Room In Exile – opportunities for debate, knowledge exchange, and the research and discussion of new LPR related materials.
  • An annual  LPR themed DIY project.
  • An annual commission in collaboration with South Bank University and the Study Room In Exile inviting artists to respond to the LPR. The commission will involve three core elements – a live performance/presentation, the generation of a new LPR item, and the dispersal of ideas or knowledge.
  • One or all of the commission elements will be profiled at the annual Open Days in London and Liverpool.


Library of Performing Rights 2018


The call for proposals for the first LPR commission

Library of Performing Rights: 2018 Commission Barby Asante

The Library of Performing Rights Open 2018, 29 January 2018


Library of Performing Rights 2019


The call for proposals for the second LPR commission

Library of Performing Rights: 2019 Commission Nando Messias

Dr Duckie - The Library of Performing Rights Open 2019, 2 July 2019


Titles from the Libarary of Performing Rights can be viewed in the Live Art Development Agency Study Room located in London, UK. 

Please contact LADA if you are interested in hosting LPR Touring Boxes or elements of the annual LPR commission.