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Featured projects by artists: Alinah Azadeh, Ele Carpenter, Alice McLean and Justine Boussard, Linda Brothwell, Lise Bjørne Linnert and Gelwesh Waledkhani

A showcase of community work linked to We Are Commoners, a national touring exhibition by Craftspace which explores the contemporary commons movement.

Artist-led projects and workshops encouraged ‘acts of commoning’ – actions of shared benefit to a group – within local communities in Birmingham and Norway. Also featured is Linda Brothwell’s Acts of Care Bench Repair Project in Bristol.

"The commons means: Things we share/ Places we share/ Systems we share/ Ideas we share/ Culture we share." – Peter Barnes, On the Commons co-founder 

In this exhibition, craft skills and materials provide a means to common. The projects featured demonstrate the need to imagine a more collectively-made and owned future. The artists’ projects are represented across three themes: Claiming, Healing and Co-operating. They all suggest a shift in thinking from ‘you’re on your own’ to ‘we’re in this together.’ 

We hope visitors will feel encouraged by the examples of co-operative action. To experiment, seek out exchange and make connections with people, objects, spaces and their environments. #WeAreCommoners

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We Are Commoners: Craft at Home

To engage with this exhibition further, you can download the Exhibition Guide below and a series of Craft Worksheets featuring tutorials on how to alter your clothing, map your commons, make a necklace with dried avocado and find spaces precious to you.

By artists Amy Twigger Holroyd, Deirdre Nelson, Rachael Colley, Alice McLean and Justine Boussard.

Craft in Common: Online Workshops

Craft in Common is a series of five creative online workshops led by artist Alinah Azadeh. These tutorials allow you to craft at home, and have been co-commissioned by MAC and  Craftspace  as part of We Are Commoners.