Arts & Culture / Civic Engagement / Design

Common Fields Convenings


Common Field

is a visual arts organizing network connecting contemporary, experimental, noncommercial artist-run and artist centered spaces and initiatives.


Common Field’s Convening is an itinerant annual gathering that brings together 350+ local and national organizers to explore the state of the field of arts organizing and to share resources, knowledge and methods for artist-led, artist-run, and artist-centered projects, spaces and practices.

Common Field’s membership includes alternative art spaces, publications, digital exhibition venues, festivals, residencies, collectives, collaboratives, and individual organizers. These projects and spaces provide interdisciplinary and hybrid forms for art production, reception, and exchange.

Our members generate independent, responsive, grassroots, artist-centered cultures. They support artists, they connect artists with the public in intimate, experimental, and generative ways, and they are deeply involved in the shape and characters of the contexts where they work. Our members stimulate ideas, imagination, and innovation in their communities.

Many of our members create organizations that support artists and are artists themselves. Common Field explores the ways in which the practice of art organizing represents an integrated formation of practices that involve putting the work and creative process first.

Common Field is building a platform for sharing learning and exchange between these groups, and connecting them with related fields. Common Field’s programs include convenings, research, membership resources, and advocacy. Our aim is to develop a more accessible and resourced field of visual arts organizations.


  • Length: 4 days

Spud’s Thoughts:

I found out of this group because they supported some friends of mine running an Arts Residency program. I don’t know much about their convenings, but it seems like it could be an interesting group to work with. Looks like they do have scholarships available for their convenings, but that application has passed at this point. But something to mark for later gatherings.