Somerset House Studios resident

Common Study

Common Study is a space for art, education, and politics. 

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Formed under conditions of increased privatisation and commodification, Common Study provides a space for art, education and politics. It is an attempt to grasp the contradictions of life under capital.

Present members are Mike Brooks, Eve Chabanon, Rose Dagul, Lina Hermsdorf, Louis-Jack Horton-Stephens, Anneke Kampman, Penny Klein, Sam Mercer, Emil Scheffman and Thomas Watson. Within the group, individual practices engage art, music, performance, moving image and activism. Collectively, Common Study aspires to develop a non-standardised, oppositional form of education and practice, drawing on experiences with projects and organisations like Atlas Economy, Fuzzy Vibes, SET, Blackwall Beach and Open School East. 

While at Somerset House Studios, the collective will facilitate a regular research programme centred on a weekly open session that draws on and in turn develops members’ individual practice. This ongoing dialogue will form the basis of public events exploring concerns within the collective’s broader foundational themes of critique, pedagogy, friendship and artistic autonomy. Individual concerns will become collective interests; collective concerns will become individual interests.