The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home

The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home is a home-based initiative, run out of a family home on the border of Everton and Anfield, Liverpool, UK. The Institute is run by a family of two adults and four kids, collectively, twoaddthreeplusone (Gary Anderson, Lena Simic, Neal 16, Gabriel 14, Sid 9 and James 3). The Institute was founded in 2007.


The Institute is a self-sufficient and sustainable initiative drawing from 10% of all income from its members (Gary and Lena work as university lecturers as well as freelance artists, the children receive child benefit). The Institute is concerned with dissent, homemade aesthetics, financial transparency, as well as critiquing the capitalism of culture. The Institute is interested in social transformation and has refigured a part of the family living space into a meeting place for artists, activists and cultural dissenters. This activity is undertaken in order to develop and extend dialogues about a ‘culture’ not necessarily driven by market forces.


The Institute have hosted a number of artist residencies and events, ranging from individual encounters through group conversations to theatrical performances in their family home, including Miss Julie in Utopia (2008), Macbethmachine (2010), Reverend Billy & family (2011), Townley & Bradby (2011), Cinderella Residency (2012), Politics and Aesthetics Reading Group meetings (2010-2012), Unrehearsed Reading of Chekhov’s Three Sisters (2014) and has initiated the Anarchist Communist Sunday School (2014), War and Peace reading group (2014-2018), FAN – Family Activist Network (2015 – ongoing) and Study Room in Exile (2015 – ongoing, in collaboration with Live Art Development Agency).


The Institute have presented at various arts venues, events and conferences, such as Tate Modern (2016),  Green Park, Athens (2016 and 2015), Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt (2013), HAZARD 08, Manchester (2008), 2 Degrees at Artsadmin (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015), C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital,  Culture exhibition (2009) at Arnolfini, Black Market by Mobile Academy live art event at the Bluecoat (2008), PSi conferences in Copenhagen (2008) and Zagreb (2009) amongst many others.

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For more information about the Institute and its current activities see