Days of Commoning

Each We are Commoners venue hosts Days of Commoning: events to explore the exhibition themes, through activities, talks and film. Each event looks at commoning from a different perspective such as fashion or nature.

Click on the links below to watch panel discussions with artists and experts and find resources to help you investigate further.

Nature and commons at The Civic, Barnsley

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th April
Looking at commoning on the theme of nature with Lady Kitt, Rachael Colley and Common Agency Projects.

Saturday 23 April. The Civic, Barnsley.

10.30am – 3pm
Make and take jewellery workshop
Make jewellery from foraged materials with artist Rachael Colley.

Workshop with artist Lady Kitt
Exploring costume making, drag, folk art and recycling.

1.30pm (Bookable)
Exhibition Tour
Guided tour of We are Commoners with co-curator Emma Daker.
Book your place. BSL available

Common Agency Projects Performance
Performance of new Commoning Action #20 exploring nature as a site for meeting and interaction

Sunday 24 April. Online

2pm #CommoningAction20
Common Agency Projects’ innovative mass Commoning Action performance
Be part of a unique collective digital artwork! Take part in the latest Commoning action which will be broadcast on Sunday 24th April at 2pm on our Instagram ‘@craftspace_’
To take part please click here

All weekend. Online.
Film Screenings
Artists’ and community acts of commoning in or linked to nature.
For more information on the films, please access our guide here – Day of Commoning Film Screening Guide. Films have been added as a playlist below.

Artist Talk & Panel Discussion
On the theme of our connection with nature. Including Rachael Colley and Shane Waltener.

Day of Commoning – Films

Artist & Panel Discussion – Connecting with Nature

Artist Panel Discussion facilitated by Emma Daker
Rachael Colley and Shane Waltener explore the topic of connecting with nature, how their work is influenced and inspired by the connection to nature

Watch the panel discussion below.

Fashion commons at MAKE Southwest

Saturday 13th November.
Looking at commoning on the theme of fashion with Amy Twigger Holroyd.

Celebrate the Blue Fashion Commons with Amy Twigger Holroyd.

Resources from the event

Commoning Marketplace: MEND Assembly, Fibreshed, Precious Plastic, Green Maker Initiative, S4S Project.

Watch the panel discussion below.

Care and repair at Midlands Arts Centre

Sunday 17th October 2021.
Looking at commoning on the theme of care and repair with Rachel Colley, Deirdre Nelson and Alinah Azedeh.

Learn how to make jewellery from waste food with Rachael Colley.
Take part in Alinah Azedah’s online Repair workshop.
Map your local commons with Deirdre Nelson.

Resources from the event

Watch the panel discussion below. (Unfortunately the sounds quality is poor.)

Where Next?

Artist: Gelawesh Waledkhani and Lise Bjørne Linnert

Collaborating with undocumented migrants in Norway.

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.


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