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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
a - C Communication Platforms
We are always looking for the best web platforms to support our activities and correspond to our needs. Important web communication is now (11/06/18) only through email and the a – C forum, which is built into the website.
You can find information and post questions on our website and forum. This is how the Commons is (self)-organized and we invite everyone to become a part of it, according to desires and availability. You don’t need to wait for anyone’s permission to start a new topic, or initiate a new event, a new kind of activity in the commons 😉
You will receive all important updates and decisions about the Artist Commons here.
The insider’s page is dedicated to all urgent communication between most members. As there are many members who do not use facebook as their main communication tool, we try to minimize it’s use as artist commons.
We have decided to only use Facebook for the group artistcommons which is a public group for members, collaborators, anyone interested in the Commons, and the page ArtistCommonsBxl to help publicize events and for external communication.
Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to access this for your event/s.
Meetings and Commoners
*Monthly General Meetings - every last Wednesday of the month
We aim to have one 2 hour meeting per month to catch up on what is currently happening, making decisions about the future and define ‘policy’ and how things work. It’s a way to meet people, ask questions and bring your problems/concerns. It is best if you can mention your concern in the callout for the ‘agenda’
*Monthly Bringer of Change Meetings – every second to last Saturday of the month
This is a time to meet other members, have a drink and discuss current projects and just relax with each other.
There is a document called Directory of Current Subscriberson the Google Drive (we are working on making a directory on our website) that should have been shared with you when you subscribe.
RESERVATIONS and SPACES
If for some reason someone else is taking part or all of your subscription for a month. It is your responsibly to pay the subscription on time to the A-C, inform Alma and Roz and arrange a key swap (you give your key, no new keys are cut).
You should be able to reserve directly from the reservations link under your name when logged in.
Google calendar syncs all reservations from Acuity. The google calendar, however remains as VIEW ONLY to help keep track of your bookings and those before or after yours. Even if you don’t have a google account, you should still be able to connect to the calendar.
If you are not shared on these please send an email to email@example.com with subject title “SHARE GOOGLE CALENDAR”
1. The page you make bookings from is: https://a-C-book.as.me/. A nice way to get there is by logging into the website, click your name on the menu bar and click ‘reservations’.
2. Put in your email address to ‘redeem your package’.
3. Click on the space you want to book (e.g. Studio at City Gate) and you’ll see a calendar.
Click on the date you wish to reserve and you will see the available 1-hour slots for that day (30minute time slots are available now too).
If you are just booking 1 hour, choose the start time and click ‘Continue’.
If you are booking two hours or more, choose the start time, then click ‘add a time’, and add all the hours, ending with the start time of the last hour.
So if I want to book rehearsal from 10 to 13h, I would add ’10:00’, ’11:00’, and ’12:00’. Then click ‘Continue’.
4. You are then asked to add your contact details.
5. Finally click ‘Complete Appointment’. Done! On the next screen you have the option of adding your booking to your personal Google calendar.
Please make all new bookings in this way. The old Google Calendars for each of the spaces are now view-only, and they sync from Acuity, which means you can use them to better see what is free and visualize the week, but not to make bookings.
Our monthly newsletter is the way to communicate you events, classes and A-C related performance with other A-C members and outsiders. Please submit content before the last day of the month to Stef–firstname.lastname@example.org
A template will soon be available to use when submitting information to the Newsletter.