Artist cooperative

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Not to be confused with Artist collective.

An artist cooperative (also co-operative or co-op) is an autonomous visual arts organization, enterprise, or association jointly-owned and democratically-controlled by its members.[1] Artist cooperatives are legal entities organized as non-capital stock corporations, non-profit organizations, or unincorporated associations. Such cooperatives typically provide professional facilities and services for its artist-members, including studios, workshops, equipment, exhibition galleries, and educational resources.[2] By design, all economic and non-economic benefits and liabilities of the cooperative are shared equally among its members. Cooperative members elect their board of directors from within the membership.[3]

See also[edit]

Main category: Artist cooperatives


  1. ^ International Co-operative Alliance Statement on the Co-operative Identity.
  2. ^ Small Farm Center, University of California.
  3. ^ National Cooperative Business Association.

Further reading[edit]

  • "International Artists Cooperative Forms and Launches Web Site." Art Business News November 2001.

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