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Curated by Tairone Bastien – A Feral Commons – is the inaugural cycle (2022 – 23) of The Global Co-commission project. This cycle asks artists from the participating districts to respond to the central theme of climate change, urging artists in these locations to rise to new challenges and rethink modes of working, create new models of the commons and new ways of living.

Through their site-specific public artworks, A Feral Commons invites artists to examine the often unrecognised co-dependency and open-ended collaborations between human and more-than-human beings.

Working collaboratively with Tairone, Alserkal Avenue (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) will present a work by Muhannad Shono (b.1977, Riyadh, KSA); Kingston Creative (Kingston, Jamaica) will show Camille Chedda (b.1985, Manchester, Jamaica) and Victoria Yards (Johannesburg, South Africa) will present Io Makandal (b.1987, Johannesburg, South Africa). Each artist will develop a new, site-specific public art installation in response to the central theme of climate change, uniting cultural districts from the GCDN across three continents.


Curated by Tairone Bastien – A Feral Commons – is the inaugural cycle (2022 – 23) of The Global Co-commission project. This cycle asks artists from the participating districts to respond to the central theme of climate change, urging artists in these locations to rise to new challenges and rethink modes of working, create new models of the commons and new ways of living.

Through their site-specific public artworks, A Feral Commons invites artists to examine the often unrecognised co-dependency and open-ended collaborations between human and more-than-human beings.

Working collaboratively with Tairone, Alserkal Avenue (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) will present a work by Muhannad Shono (b.1977, Riyadh, KSA); Kingston Creative (Kingston, Jamaica) will show Camille Chedda (b.1985, Manchester, Jamaica) and Victoria Yards (Johannesburg, South Africa) will present Io Makandal (b.1987, Johannesburg, South Africa). Each artist will develop a new, site-specific public art installation in response to the central theme of climate change, uniting cultural districts from the GCDN across three continents.

“Each co-commission is based on research and consideration of natural phenomena that resist human control: the undomesticated, the defiant and disobedient, inviting the public to learn with these feral ecologies about resilience, adaptability and strategies for survival in the face of the climate emergency.” – Tairone Bastien, Curator of The Global Co-commission’s inaugural cycle.

In developing an initiative focused on contextualising the global climate crisis and driving collective action, A Feral Commons is supported by Urban Art Project (UAP), whose proprietary tools will help us measure the impact of public art not only by providing a framework to audit the project’s CO2 emissions, but also by tracking and reporting on the societal impact and afterlife of the three commissions and their associated programmes within each of the participating districts.

A Feral Commons is set to unfold through 2024, the journey will be documented through this website. Follow the full story here