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We are Commoners: Day of Commoning

October 17 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A leaf has been decorated with embroidery stitches.

Find out more about We are Commoners
Visit the exhibition, at MAC until January 2022.


Free activities and events, online and in person at MAC!

Join us for a day of commoning through craft exploring themes of co-operating, healing and claiming.

Activities include: a celebration of stitch, a drop-in make and take jewellery workshop, an online stitch repair workshop, a screening of short films, a BSL guided tour, an artist talk and panel discussion on the theme of care and repair.


Check the MAC website for more details and booking details for workshops.

All day events, 11am – 5pm (In person. Drop in.)

  • Screening of short films made by artists about their acts of commoning.
  • Drop-in pendant making workshop using food waste and natural foraged materials with artist Rachael Colley.

11.30am–12.30pm  (Online. Bookable)

  • Online stitch repair workshop with artist Alinah Azadeh. Join Alinah to make visible repairs to clothing that means something to you whilst talking about repair and mending as a way to heal ourselves.

12pm – 3pm (In person. Drop in.)

  • A celebration of stitch as resource, ritual and skill that is shared in common across all cultures. Gather with textile artists Ranbir Kaur, Mahawa Keita and local stitchers to exchange skills or watch a demo. If you’re a stitcher feel free to bring your samples or demonstrate and share your skills.

1.30pm – 2.30pm (In person. Bookable.)

  • Artist talk and panel discussion:
    Rachael Colley will give an illustrated talk about her work and material experiments. Rachel is inspired by circular design and zero waste principles.
    The panel discussion, on the themes of care and repair, will be chaired by ‘field philosopher’ Jeremy Kidwell from the University of Birmingham.
    This talk will also be live streamed and available to view here

2pm – 3pm (In person. Bookable.)

  • A BSL tour of the We are Commoners exhibition guided by artist Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq. In the People’s Postcode Community Gallery.

2.30pm – 5pm (Online)

  • Live stream screening of short films made by artists about their acts of commoning.
    Available to view here


October 17
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Midlands Arts Centre
Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham,B12 9QHUnited Kingdom
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