Lois Keidan is a British-born cultural activist and writer. She is currently the Director of the Live Art Development Agency which she co-founded with Catherine Ugwu in 1999. She was the former director of live arts at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) from 1992 to 1997. Prior to working at the ICA, she was responsible for national policy and provision for Performance Art and interdisciplinary practices at the Arts Council of Great Britain.
Keidan is a major proponent and advocate for live art in the UK and has been instrumental in the development and support of artists who have tended to be 'marginalised, misunderstood and misrepresented...".
Keidan has regularly written articles and edited books on performance and live art and made contributions to a range of journals and publications. She regularly gives talks and presentations on performance and live art at festivals, colleges, venues and conferences in Britain and internationally. She sits on a number of boards and advisory panels, including Artsadmin (London) and Performa (New York). In 1999, she was awarded an honorary fellowship by Dartington College of Arts, and in 2009, she was awarded an honorary fellowship by Queen Mary, University of London.
Arts Council Report 1991
In response to the significant shifts in the performance art scene in the UK in the 1980s and 1990s, Keidan authored the Arts Council of Great Britain's Strategy: Discussion Document on Live Art in 1991. This document was written to "map current practices and provisions for live art as well as to identify key issues". The report used the term live art, instead of performance art to define a set of practices and cultural strategies that were apparent in the UK at the time. The report covered "areas as diverse as the history, development, status of artists, critical coverage, potential venues and training/education".
- Strategy: Discussion Document on Live Art, report for Arts Council of Great Britain (1991)
- Franko B by Nicholas Sinclair, Stuart Morgan and Keidan (Oct 1, 1998)
- Exposures by Manuel Vason, Keidan and Ron Athey (Mar 1, 2002)
- Sheng Qi: Madness, Appropriation by Huang Du, Keidan, Wang Ming'an and Hou Hanru (Mar 15, 2005)
- Programme Notes: Case Studies for Locating Experimental Theatre by Daniel Brine and Keidan (May 19, 2007)
- Access All Areas: Live Art and Disability by Keidan and C. J. Mitchell (Apr 26, 2012)
- Programme Notes: Case Studies for Locating Experimental Theatre by Keidan and CJ Mitchell (Dec 17, 2013)
- The Live Art Almanac: Volume 3 by Keidan and Aaron Wright (Apr 29, 2014)
- Heddon, Deirdre (eds); Klein, Jennie (2012). "1". Histories and practices of Live Art. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-230-22974-7.
- Keidan, Lois (1991). Strategy: Discussion Document on Live Art. Arts Council of Great Britain. p. 3.
- Heddon, Deirdre (eds); Klein, Jennie (2012). "1". Histories and practices of Live Art. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-230-22974-7.