We are Commoners

A Craftspace national touring exhibition

Touring exhibition
Launching at Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales
2021 – 2022

This exhibition invites you to become or recognise yourself as a ‘Commoner’. Featuring UK and international artists, the projects exhibited in this exhibition represent ideas and resources to inspire acts of commoning.

You can visit the exhibition as it tours the UK. We hope that you will feel encouraged by the examples of co-operative action, to seek out connections with people, objects, spaces and your environment.

Here you will find resources for schools, things to make at home and links to videos and extra resources.

A virtual tour of the exhibition is coming soon and we’ll be adding more resources and information as the exhibition continues.


Two people's hands twist long grass together, holding at each end.

Artist: Common Agency Projects

Commoning Actions in green spaces.

a pile of blue material.

Learning resource: Claiming

Inspiration for schools and groups. Make a uniform commons?

An embroidered map of Glasgow.

Artist: Deirdre Nelson

Watch Deirdre making her work.

Rehearsing the dance. Two adults roll in the long grass, their legs and arms in the air.

Become a commoner

Learn more about the commons.

Virtual Tour

Coming Soon!

A naïve drawing of two people in front of a simple house with basic birds, trees and plants.

Crafting the Commons

Visit the exhibition research blog, Crafting the Commons.


A line of people carry a very large knitted piece on their shoulders.

Hire the exhibition

Book one of the last few tour slots.

a row of 7 handmade fabric medals using various patterns and colours

Craft in Common

Free creative online workshops.

Where Next?

Learning resource: Healing

Thinking about how artists use materials and skills.

A leaf has been decorated with embroidery stitches.

Become a commoner

Learn more about commons.

Rehearsing the dance. Two adults roll in the long grass, their legs and arms in the air.

Artist: Alice McLean and Justine Boussard

Campaigning to protect community assets.

A silver token, like a big coin.

Artist: Rachael Colley

Using found natural materials.

A woman wears a large neckpiece made form cylinders of wood, some are natural and some are scorched.


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