The Artist Commons (a – C) is a membership based group of artists in Brussels.
It is a transdisciplinary artist-managed platform that aims to create a sustainable way to practise and make work by sharing working spaces. Within the a – C structure, artists have the opportunity to hold events, workshops, share their practice, present their work and contribute to the running of the a – C. The a – C has a responsive and malleable structure to meet its members’ needs. It aims to be an alternative to residency and subsidy based systems.
What we can do for you
We’re inviting artists to engage with a multi-disciplinary commons, run by the diverse artists who use it to create a self-sustaining model of inter-disciplinary collaboration. Membership in the Artist Commons is neutral, independent of any particular aesthetic, discipline, or personal identification.
- Brussels, Bourse
- 60m2 dance studio, a 60m2 atelier
- publication tools and a library, and an artist hosting platform
All packages include access to common spaces, a shared knowledge base, resources and community.
The artists can buy/sell/share/exchange space-time among themselves within the commons. If they get additional space-time from the Subscription Management (email@example.com), the price has been calculated as based on the current a-C's costs to be 2,5€/hour.
1. Denomination – duration
The non-profit association is named “Artist Commons”. It is constituted for an indeterminate period of time.
2. Head office
The head office of the non-profit association is established within the judicial district of Saint Gilles, Théodore Verhaegenstraat 154, ground floor left, 1060 Saint Gilles.
Only the general assembly can modify the address of the head office.
3 Purpose and activity
The purpose of the non-profit association is to foster an artist community and to provide workspaces for its members. It does this to extend the practices of its members by all means it considers appropriate. This artist community will undertake its activities under the name of « Artist Commons ».
Artist commons is authorized to make trade actions in subsequent order, insofar as these are in accordance with the aforementioned purpose and the profit is used to realise this purpose. The artist commons can own or receive all movable and immovable property that it requires to realize its purpose and exert all property and other business rights upon them. It can make all useful lawful actions and transactions, among others, make agreements, hire employees, sign contracts, insurances policies, lease properties, use infrastructures – this both local and abroad. It can acquire subventions, both from governing bodies as from private organizations, receive donations, engage in sponsoring, and send representatives in local and foreign territories and act as representative.
The artist commons may undertake any activity having a direct or indirect relation to its purpose. It may also lend its support to and show interest towards any similar activity.
The minimum number of members of the non-profit association is three. The maximum number of members of the non-profit association is unlimited. Two categories of members are effective:
A working member is considered to be any person accepted as such by the payment of a monthly subscription fee set annually by the general assembly or upon decision of the executive board during an extraordinary assembly.
Those working members considered able to contribute to the successful realization of the non-profit’s purpose may be accepted as effective members by a two-third majority vote of the General Assembly.
The executive board may, on the basis of certain criteria defined during the general assembly, temporarily or definitively exempt certain members from payment of their subscription fee.
The members’ monthly fee amounts to a maximum of 300 euros per member per month.
The exclusion of a member can be pronounced, upon proposal of the executive board, by the general or extraordinary general assembly acting by a majority of 75% of the votes present or represented. The portion of the subscription paid in advance will not be reimbursed, if no indication to the contrary is made. A member is deemed to have resigned if he/she has not paid the subscription fee which is incumbent upon her/him by the end of the month following the due date mentioned in the call for payment addressed to her/him.
Membership entails compliance with the present statutes.
5. Executive board – powers
The non-profit association is administered by an executive board, acting in a collegial manner.
Without detriment to the provisions of the law, the executive board is composed of at least three board members, designated by the general assembly, among effective members. The duration of their mandate, renewable for a maximum of two consecutive terms, is set to 1 year and is exercised without compensation, monetary or otherwise.
The board appoints from its members a president, a treasurer and a secretary. They can proceed to the creation of different committees of which mention will be made in the rules and regulations of the non-profit association, each of them composed of at least 2 board members, in charge of the daily management of the non-profit association.
The executive board has the most extended powers over the administration and management of the non-profit association, along with all powers not expressly attributed at the general assembly by the law or the present statutes.
The executive board is only meeting with validity if a majority of the managers are present.
Unless the law or the present statutes declare otherwise, decisions made by the executive board are taken by a two third majority of the votes of the present or represented board members. In the case of a tie, the president’s vote or, in the case of the president’s absence, the vote of the board member representing her/him will prevail. A board member can be represented by another board member no board member can have more than a single power of attorney.
All aforementioned delegated power entails a delegation of signature limited by the appointed powers.
All acts engaging the non-profit association are signed, unless a special delegation is set by the executive board, by the president and at least two board members.
The board members can decide up to a budget of 1000 euro. Between 1000 and 3500 the complete executive board has to agree. Above 3500, the general or extraordinary assembly has to approve the decision.
The minutes from the meetings of the executive board are recorded within a register meant for that purpose and signed by at least two board members. This register is kept within the buildings of the non-profit association where it can be consulted by the members and the board members.
The General Assembly is composed of all members and is authorized for which is determined in the law of 27 June 1921. Every member can give a written power of attorney to another member, which may exert the including right to vote, with a member not able than having more than one power of attorney.
The general assembly is held once a year during the month of September. The summoning, which mentions place, date, and hour of the Assembly, contains the agenda that is defined by the Administrative Board. All members are notified 4 weeks in advance and the agenda is open to contributions. The summoning of the General Assembly must, to be considered valid, be signed by the treasurer, or two administrators, or by a fifth of the members. The report of the last financial year is presented by the secretary at the opening session.
The executive board is allowed to organize a maximum of four extraordinary assemblies per year under its initiative and notifies the members at least two weeks in advance. The Administrative Board is above all obliged, when a fifth of the working members request this, to summon an extraordinary General Assembly, once a year without justification.
7. Financial year
The financial year starts on the first of January and ends on the 31st of December.
Exceptionally, the first financial year will start on the 31st of October 2018 and will end on the 31st of December 2018.
In the case of the liquidation of the non-profit association, the net assets will be transferred to a non-profit moral person following a similar mission statement to its own or, failing to find one, a disinterested mission statement the closest to the one followed by the non-profit association during its activity.
In the case of a voluntary dissolution of the non-profit association, the general assembly appoints the liquidator(s), determines its/their power, sets its/their salary and chooses the non-profit moral person which will collect any net assets.