(Scots Law) A common; a piece of land in which two or more persons have a common right.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What is the Commonty?

The Commonty
(South West Scotland Creative Practice Collective)

(Scots Law) A common; a piece of land in which two or more persons have a common right.

The Commonty is a network of:

          artists working in all forms of the creative arts
              those actively involved in the promotion and production of artworks
              Students and those aspiring to the creative arts.
The Commonty is formed to:
            constitute a common interest group with an audible collective voice
            pool information, experience and expertise
            exchange and generate ideas
            act as a platform for collaborative projects.

The Commonty is committed to developing and sustaining a central role for the creative community in the life of the region by:
            supporting creative practitioners
            encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration
            engaging with the education establishment
            engaging with the commercial/industrial community
            engaging with local government
            generating public art, performance, exhibition
            generating public interest in the creative arts
            initiating open discussion on all aspects of creative activity. 

The Commonty is a not-for-profit organization run by its participating members.

The Commonty is, by definition, open and accessible to all.
The Commonty currently has the following practical objectives:

To create a virtual platform for access, information and discussion.
To explore the possibility of using the ex-Happit building in Dumfries town centre as a Project Space


  1. From Chris Freemantle - by email:
    'I heard Andy Wightman speak in Glasgow last month - very provocative - he described the commonty as an undivided space kept open by the tension of multiple rights to it....if it was reduced to only one person with rights to a commonty, then it by definition collapsed.'

    (Andy Wightman is a Scottish land reform campaigner..

  2. I don't recall saying these precise words but they do beautifully encapsulate the concept!