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. 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. 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.
- International Co-operative Alliance Statement on the Co-operative Identity Archived 2012-02-04 at the Wayback Machine.
- Small Farm Center, University of California Archived March 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- National Cooperative Business Association Archived February 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "International Artists Cooperative Forms and Launches Web Site." Art Business News November 2001.
- International Co-operative Alliance, Geneva, Switzerland website
- The Cooperative Foundation, St. Paul, Minnesota website
- University of Wisconsin, Madison, Center for Cooperatives website
- University College Cork, Ireland, Centre for Co-operative Studies website
- Small Farm Center, University of California website
- Mutant space arts resource, Cork, Ireland website
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