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We are Commoners: MAC showcase

9 October 2021 - 16 January 2022

A set of embroideries hang from a ribbon. The embroidered words form part of a sentence.

Featuring projects by We are Commoners artists: Alinah Azadeh, Ele Carpenter, Alice McLean and Justine Boussard, Linda Brothwell, Lise Bjørne Linnert and Gelwesh Waledkhani.

At MAC you can see a showcase of community work linked to We Are Commoners, our national touring exhibition 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.

In this showcase, 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

“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

More details on the MAC website.


9 October 2021
January 16
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Midlands Arts Centre
Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham,B12 9QHUnited Kingdom
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