Communal Knowledge

Communal Knowledge is a programme of collaborative projects with local and international artists and designers that employs different forms of action and critical reflection towards building an accumulative shared body of knowledge. It was launched in January 2010 following a six-month research and development phase, following The Showroom’s move to the Church Street Neighbourhood.

Communal Knowledge: An Introduction from Common Practice Video Network on Vimeo.

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Communal Knowledge projects aim to generate playful and experimental avenues for critical reflection on issues at stake in The Showroom’s neighbourhood, and ways to think about change on micro to macro levels. Projects challenge how certain norms, values or imposed categories of thought enter into one’s ways of approaching everyday life. The emphasis is on finding ways to re-think or ‘unlearn’ established norms, values, codes, roles and relations, and to produce alternative body of knowledge gained through activity and experience.

This includes temporarily mixing established groups, roles or relations through dialogue or role play; meetings between people who might not normally find themselves together; hybrid and heterogeneous modes of collectivity, identities, and codes of behaviour.

In 2015 the Communal Knowledge commissions will be with film-maker Ed Webb Ingall, Dutch artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh and work will continue with local collaborators and groups including, Seymour Arts, Justice for Domestic Workers and Hengameh Golestan.


The 2014 Communal Knowledge commissions collaborations with Patrick Staff, Christian Nyampeta and Werker Magazine


In 2013 The Showroom worked with Ricardo Basbaum on re-projecting (london) and with Kathrin Böhm on I am a shop in addition to ongoing collaborations with Justice for Domestic Workers, Penfold's Cupboard and Marylebone Project

The Communal Knowledge commissions for 2012 were Annette Krauss: Hidden Curriculum with Paddington Academy and Quintin Kynaston School; Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad with City of Westminster College and 60 Penfold; Andrea Francke's project Invisible spaces of parenthood: A collection of pragmatic propositions for a better future

In 2011 Communal Knowledge commissioned three year long projects with London based artists, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Emma Smith and Larry Achiampong

In 2010 three projects were commissioned: Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Aural Contract, with Marylebone Bangladesh Society Youth Club; Mieke Van De Voort with young people from the Prince’s Trust and Quintin Kynaston School; and Ricardo Basbaum working with Dance Physics.

Communal Knowledge is supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The John Lyons Charitable Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s Charity, Westminster Cultural Olympiad supported by Westminster City Council, BNP Paribas and Vital Regeneration and The Showroom Supporters Scheme