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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.

More about the project

Banner image credit:

Declaration of Independence, Barby Asante, Library of Performing Rights Commission 2018. Still from video. Courtesy of the artist.

Part of Collections

The Resources Catalogue includes a growing number of Collections of publications, DVDs and other ‘rare’ materials organised by themes, artists or projects, which have been assembled or acquired by the Agency, or generously donated by artists and colleagues.


The Resources Catalogue includes a growing number of Collections of publications, DVDs and other ‘rare’ materials organised by themes, artists or projects, which have been assembled or acquired by the Agency, or generously donated by artists and colleagues.

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Adrian Howells Collection

The Adrian Howells Collection is a series of DVD and digital files featuring video documentation and films by Adrian Howells, as well as a TV programme (Accidental Tourist, 2009) in which he appeared.

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Art of Change

An interactive digital archive, produced for the Art of Change exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, locating current Chinese performance and installation practices within a broader context of artistic production and exhibition-making in China.

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David Hoyle’s Magazine

A comprehensive documentation of every episode of David Hoyle’s Magazine filmed live at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern from July to September 2007.

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Documentation Bank

Developed between 2007 and 2012, the collection comprises an extensive range of artists’ ‘talking heads’ films, and documentation of selected LADA projects and artists’ works.

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A full set of ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London) Live Arts brochures from 1992 to 1997, located in the Study Room.

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Lumiere & Son Collection

A collection of ephemera and documentation relating to Lumiere & Son works created between 1976 and 1992.

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National Review of Live Art

A full set of National Review of Live Art (Glasgow) brochures located in the Study Room.

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Neil Bartlett

A complete collection of documentation of Bartlett’s innovative and influential performance work. The collection was produced in partnership with the British Library.

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Performance Magazine

A complete collection of British performance and Live Art magazines and journals including, Performance Research, Janus, High Performance, Maska, Frakcija and virus.

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Performance Matters Archive

A collaboration with the British Library in the form of a box set of 40 DVDs of documentation of all public events for Performing Idea and Trashing Performance  which reflects upon the project’s various challenges and achievements, and its place within the fields of performance practice and research.

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Primary Sources on the International Performing Arts

The complete collection of  issues 1 to 8, of Primary Sources (1979 – 1981). Edited by Roger Ely, the magazine was one of the first to profile interdisciplinary performance practices and was the precursor of Performance Magazine.

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Reza Abdoh Collection

An extensive collection of DVD documentation of the influential Iranian born, American avant garde director’s work.

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Southeast Asia Performance Collection

A collection of digital and physical resources on the diverse range of artistic practices dedicated to the investigation of contemporary Southeast Asian live and performance art.

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Tiny Live Art (Development Agency) – 20 works for 20 years

Created by Robert Daniels for LADA’s 20th anniversary, Tiny Live Art (Development Agency) – 20 works for 20 years is a special edition comprised of 20 miniature sculptures of iconic performance works. The education draws on practices of performance documentation, re-enactment and making and sharing memory.    

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