WHO ARE THE COMMON?
COMMON PPL, COMMON ART, COMMON GROUND, COMMUNITY
The power being wielded by rich white men is destroying our planet and ecosystem, as well as our human rights and democracy. But there’s still a small window of time to save us, and we’ve seen that grassroots activism can and does make a difference. The COMMON collective is a movement dedicated to tearing down the boundaries which keep us apart and disempower us. We believe that through an intersectional art movement we can empower a community to make a real difference, and challenge those who stand in the way of progress.
We vow to:
Always be inclusive – we will create and use our platform to bring marginalised identities to the forefront of the debate, with emphasis on BAME, LGBTQ+, non-binary, refugee, immigrant, working-class, disabled and female voices. It is through these voices that the instruments of power are truly exposed.
Always be accessible – everything we do will always be accessible to the communities mentioned above.
Be a safe space – we will set a series of ‘ground rules’, decided on by YOU, so that everyone who is a part of and engages in our collective can be confident that they belong here.
Sift through the bullshit of the art/academic world that is set up to make anyone who isn’t white, well-off and “well-educated” feel excluded and alienated. Education is about more than just the words you use and the papers you have, it’s about sharing knowledge. Art is for everyone.
Engage with the community – YOU have a say in how we operate. If you want to be involved, you already are.
Our ultimate aim is to destroy the white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy through the creation of a space that shows how inclusivity and the celebration of diversity creates better art and maintains a better community for everyone :)
R & M x