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.
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 through Membership works 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: send an email to email@example.com to receive access to our website, so you can add your information online. 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).
What is not allowed in the commons?
Activities that are unrelated to our associations 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.