Being Co-operative Themes

Useful information on the themes of our upcoming exhibition.

Being Co-operative is a response to the pandemic where all of our lives were impacted by loss and a sense of disconnection from Society. During the 2020-2021 pandemic our working and family lives were heavily curtailed and to recover from that time we need a new sense of coming together in harmony, fellowship, and a return to creativity.

This project looks at the unique history of the Co-operative movement, both in Paisley, Scotland and across the UK. It references our unique site of the exhibition the former headquarters of Paisley Co-operative & Manufacturing Society

We are asking artists and participants to make and submit work that responds to the theme of being co-operative. That could involve drawing inspiration from some of the following reference points:

Values and Principles

  • Caring for others
  • Democracy
  • Equity
  • Equality
  • Honesty
  • Openness
  • Self-help
  • Self-responsibility
  • Solidarity
  • Social responsibility

Artisan crafts – Home of Scottish Contemporary Craft – Craft Scotland

Collaboration: work made in partnership with other artists or community participants [link]

Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society –