We Are Commoners: Creative Acts of 'Commoning', a Craftspace national touring exhibition.
This exhibition invites you to become or recognise yourself as a ‘Commoner’. Featuring UK and international artists, the projects shown represent ideas and resources to inspire acts of ‘commoning’.
We Are Commoners highlights the acts of commoning that are shaping the way communities are working together to share and steward commonly owned assets and resources. 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.
Craft and making skills are often passed down and shared in all cultures of the world. They are also portable, including across borders. In this exhibition, skills and materials provide a means to common or are used to give insight into examples of commoning.
Artists are showcasing works across a variety of craft mediums including wood, metal, textiles, embroidery, glass, jewellery and working with recycled, upcycled, repaired and reclaimed materials.
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.’ Actions of claiming, healing and co-operating can enable communities to thrive.