Access Space is the UK's longest running and most sustainable free, open digital arts lab.

At Access Space, people interested in art, design, computers, recycling, music, electronics, photography and meet more like-minded people, share and develop skills and work on creative, enterprising and technical projects.

We operate at a very low cost with a minimal carbon footprint, because we recycle donated computers and use free, open source software. We run drop-in activities and workshops, exhibitions and arts events and have opportunities for volunteering. We also run the Refab Space fabrication facility and an ethical web design service.

Read more about our ethos...

Download a free copy of COMMONSense apazine

COMMONSense is a 62 page magazine, launched in 2010, created from submissions to a call for pieces which reflect a theme connecting the activities of Access Space to the wider world, “the commons”. We asked for prose (stories, thoughts, book reviews, bibliographies…), poetry, photographs, cartoons, drawings or graphics. It was edited by Dougald Hine, with art direction by Anne-Marie Culhane.

People sent us material relating to green issues, land ownership, social relations, the internet, copyright, software and a whole host of other subjects.

Download a pdf of COMMONSense here

Please feel free to distribute copies by electronic means.

Hard copies are available from Access Space for GBP 4.00 + GBP 1.50 P&P

Email Tel: +44 (0)114 249 5522

ISBN: 9780955009143

The publication is being made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license (see

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