Working with people and sharing our practice is at the heart of what we do. Common Wealth workshops can be one hour or 5 days. Whatever workshop length we have, some essentials are at the core – working with our instincts and making something from nothing.
We endeavour to show that being an artist, making something, is central to us all, it’s part of being human – being inventive, responsive, building, making, playing.
From a 3-day residential with survivors of domestic abuse to making a site-specific play in 5 days with a cast of 25, to running workshops for artists and facilitators. We’re open to lots of ways of working and looking at different ways we can develop, learn and share our process as a company.
Where possible we like to work as a company to facilitate, which means workshops can include electronic music, visual design and writing.
ALL THE THINGS YOU EVER WANTED TO SAY
Whilst working on Our Glass House we developed a workshop for survivors of domestic abuse called ‘All the things you ever wanted to say’ which was a three-day residential for women who have survived domestic abuse, and their children.
Common Wealth worked with Imayla, a Bristol based charity to facilitate a beautiful trip away to Devon, Imayla provided childcare and nature/art walks for the children and Common Wealth worked with the women to explore All the things you ever wanted to say. The first day we concentrated on all the things you wanted to say to yourself, the second day was all the things you would want to say to your ex-partner/partner and the third day looked at the all the things you would say to your future.
Feedback from participants:
“Leaving I feel empowered and more ready for life, doing things I never thought I would or never had the confidence to do”
“Faced some of my emotions and seen I’m not alone”
“I have had a lovely time, feel young again and ready to focus on my life, feel liberated”