We’re a group of final year Fine Art: Critical Practice students at University of Brighton, who for the past couple of months have been creating a communal space in room 207 at Grand Parade. The space is part of our degree show piece, Co-operative. As the name suggests we’ve been working together to construct a space built on the needs of our members, that intends to function upon the fundamental values of cooperative living. These principles have shaped the work so far, through our discussions, relations and time spent constructing collectively. As construction ends, the room begins to function beyond its members, extending its values to a wider community. At this exciting time, we are inviting others to join us in making the space socially-engaged in its function. As well as promoting the values of cooperative living, we want the space to be used creatively, educationally and actively. A series of events will be taking place over the next three weeks, with a range of academics, activists, students and artists, hosting and taking part in workshops, reading groups, meetings, meals and much more!
We hope this space can become a radical site in which conversations, learning and sharing can lay the foundations for new ways of working cooperatively.