Mutual Stores

Oakland, CA

Mutual Stores is an artist collective located in a pair of storefronts on Seminary Avenue in Oakland. Founded by Rosa Novak, Brendan Page, and Kate Pruitt, Mutual Stores consists of six individual artist studios, a shared gallery and event space, a residency based around the experimental reuse of ceramic waste, and a small brick library and studio archive created and lovingly maintained by Tania Butterworth.

The mission of our collective is to incorporate sustainable practices into every aspect of studio operations, through tracking our material and energy usage, paying for carbon emission offsets, instituting a thorough waste recycling system, and offering workshops and resources to the local community. Mutual Stores is founded on the idea that if studio members share resources, labor, and knowledge in order to cultivate fiscally, ecologically, and socially responsible practices, collectively we can build a sustainable art space.