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. To join send us a message and first register here: https://artistcommons.net/register/

Our Spaces

Cunst-link Gallery

  • Brussels, Saint-Gilles
  • 30m2 art gallery
  • curated by the commoners

House VDH

  • Brussels, Bourse
  • 60m2 dance studio, a 60m2 atelier
  • publication tools and a library, and an artist hosting platform

Studio CityGate

  • Brussels, Anderlecht
  • 115m2 dance studio.

Subscription Packages

All packages include access to common spaces, a shared knowledge base, resources and community.

Commercial Subscription

€225.00 per month

This package is for those who want to use our space for Commercial/ Business activities.
This subscription includes:
12 hours at VDH studio
12 hours at Studio City Gate
12 hours at VDH conference room
Shared use of cunst-link gallery

Free Subscription

€00.00 per month

clean/volunteer in exchange for rehearsal time at studio’s VDH and/or City Gate

(limited availability)

The artists can buy/sell/share/exchange
 space-time among themselves within the commons. If they get additional space-time from the Subscription Management (info@artistcommons.net), the price has been calculated as based on the current a-C’s costs to be 2,5€/hour.

Full Subscription

€75.00 per month

Includes:
12 hours at VDH studio
12 hours at City Gate studio 
12 hours at VDH conference room
Shared use of cunst-link gallery

Basic Subscription

€38.00 per month

Includes:
6 hours at VDH studio
6 hours at City Gate studio
6 hours at VDH conference room
Shared use of cunst-link gallery

Desk Subscription

€70.00 per month

Includes:
24/7 desk space for artists at VDH atelier
(limited – currently unavailable)

A common idea
The artist commons deals with the transition from public and private owned resources towards a common care of resources. We take silent, little and significant steps in the development of self-driven and artist-oriented workspaces in Brussels who are not committed to a ‘profile’, a clear ‘label’ or ‘benchmarking’ but with the development of a vital and powerful practice of art-making and art-sharing.

An artist commons provides for material and social support in the realization of the participants’ needs and desires within a self-directed, experimental, self-sufficient and non-exploitative framework. In reality, most situations can simply be addressed from person to person within the commons, practicing a self-organised form of a decentralised and robust network with a mutual care and responsibility in realising artistic activities in our common spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do we have in common?
Our wish to help each other in allowing the impossible to happen. Access to House VDH, City Gate, and Cunst-link. Possibilities to, among others: self-organize activities, events, and so on.

How to join the commons?
Register as a member and pay your fees (minimum subscription is 3 months)
After receiving your monthly or quarterly fee, a commoner will give you a pair of keys and guidance for the use of the spaces and tools for planning.

How to pay my fees to the commons?
The fee is 75 euro per calendar month of membership.

It’s possible to pay by credit card on the a – C website, by cash, or by bank transfer to:
Artist Commons F.V.
Rue de fierlant 99, Brussels 1190
Iban: BE56 5230 8064 7188
Bic: triobebb (xxx)

How do we share the use of the common spaces?
Fair use policy: use it yourself and make it possible for others to use it. You receive access to the online planning and can reserve the common spaces. You receive a personal key to the spaces which can be accessed 24h/7d.

How do artists share the spaces?
With the current spaces available, a roughly estimated (12h/date * 30days) 360 hours per month is available in each space; thus 4320 hours per space – project space, studio space, gallery space – per year. In total 12960 hours use of space per year.

In case of multiple bookings by artists in the commons, and if the demand exceeds the spaces available, we will need to negotiate within the commons how to create common access to other spaces through our personal networks and/or find other possibilities to share and make it possible to realise the artists’ needs and desires within the commons on a fair use basis.

When did it start?
The a -C was conceived at the beginning of 2017 and remains active while there are enough members (artists – around 31 members).

How do we take care of the common spaces?
You are personally responsible for the care, maintenance and cleaning of the spaces. You are personally responsible for the use of the equipment in the commons. We ask you to return the equipment to its original place. The equipment and tools in the common spaces cannot be lent out to others outside the commons. If you damage something, you will need to fix it or ask for help from other persons in the commons to replace or repair any damage to the common properties.

How do we organize activities and events?
For public events: as a member you can add your information online on our website. Create a facebook event and add the Artist Commons as a host. Send us the information the month before your event so we can include it in our monthly a – C newsletter.

For events occurring within the commons: reserve the space on the common calendar and email the people you wish to invite. You can also let member know through our facebook group.

Can I invite others to collaborate with and/or organize something in the commons?
Yes, on the condition that you are present and personally responsible and/or insured for their activity in the commons.

Can I do business in the commons?
Yes, although a -C members have the priority to participate in the activity. You are personally responsible for any business activity you organize in the commons (non-profit, independent, etc). You have more freedom if you have a Commercial subscription. Contact info@artistcommons.net for more information.

What is not allowed in the commons?
Activities that are unrelated to our association’s goal. Exploitation in the sense of value extraction. Causing harm to other persons or things. Narrow mindedness. Illegal activities. Definitive or general judgements or statements. A violation on these terms will be addressed within the commons and might result to exclusion from the commons spaces and activities.

How do I leave the commons?
At least one month (30 days) before you leave, please send an email to info@artistcommons.net mentioning your decision for leaving the commons. Preferably, invite an other artist to the commons to replace you, but be aware that the commons is not obliged to accept the person you invited. You can also temporarily leave the commons for a while and join again later, if then there are still spaces available.

Statutes

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.

4. Members
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:
-Working members
-Effective members
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.

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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.

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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.

6. Assembly
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.

8. Liquidation
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.

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Contact

General information & membership enquires
info@artistcommons.net
Cunst-link
cunst.link@artistcommons.net

Phone:
+32 488 367 723

Donations:

Discuss ongoing development prospects set up by members with them before, after or while you make your donation to:

BE56 5230 8064 7188
with the label “donation – YOUR NAME”.

About

The a – C began in February 2016, representing a new initiative in creating a structure, commonification strategy and economy that mutually benefits the commons and the artists involved.