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 make visible and politicize women’s roles in the local arts economy through tactical laziness, crafty collaboration, over-performance, and wild hilarity. LIDS is: Anthea Black, Nicole Burisch, and Wednesday Lupypciw.
LIDS has since realized a number of performative and craft projects, including the Lazy Ladies Subcommittee, the RCMP Radical Cooch Maximum Pussy club, and a successful run as ladyheavy glam rock band The Easy Town Super Hoz. In 2012, they conducted a month-long research-creation-presentation residency at The New Gallery’s John Snow House, and previously produced a series of three performances for Truck gallery’s 25th anniversary exhibition “Future’s So Bright.” They occasionally produce a biennial visual art wall calendar. LIDS core members have held positions as maids, waitresses, professors, park rangers, parliamentary pages, homeopathic practitioners, and board and staff of several Canadian artist-run organizations. They have exhibited their solo works, published, conferenced, and lectured throughout Canada and the world.
Out of Date Collective Curriculum Vitae For The Ladies Invitational Deadbeat Society Chronicling All Activities (Excluding Education and Professional Experiences) In Which At Least Two Group Members Have Participated
Andrea Williamson, “Keith Arnatt: Absence of the Artist,” This Is Tomorrow, September 2015.
Johanna Plant, “Constituting the Archives of Artist – Run Culture: A Self – Conscious Apparatus of History“, Thesis (Ph.D, Art History), Queen’s University, 2015.
Diana Sherlock, “Calgary Biennial Takes Conservatism to Task.” Canadian Art, April 6 2015.
Heather Anderson, “Retreating in/from Art Institutions,” PUBLIC Issue 50 The Retreat, Fall 2014.
Kathleen MacQueen, “A Little Thin…” Shifting Conversations Blog, February 20, 2013.
Amy Fung, “We’re All In This Together, LIDS, John Snow House, Calgary.” POSTpacificPOST.com
Anthea Black, “Landlocked n’ Lonesome: LIDS, queer feminism and artist-run culture in boomin’ Calgary,” No More Potlucks no. 11, September 2010.
Nancy Tousley, “Artist-run centre still truckin’” The Calgary Herald, 2008 (Review of Future’s So Bright exhibition at Truck).