21Common is a collective that actively embraces the notion of art as a deep dialogical process of exploration between artists, participants and audiences. For the past five years its key collaborators have been artists Lucy Gaizely and Gary Gardiner, Scotland’s leading learning-disabled artist Ian Johnston, producer Louise Irwin and the late Adrian Howells, who died in 2014.

21Common was established in 2003 as a means to engage people and explore concepts which are informed by, and relevant to, contemporary culture. We create socially- engaged experimental art; spanning theatre, dance, performance art and art- activism. We make art with and for marginalised voices using processes that provoke, excite, concern and delight.

For all enquiries regarding any of our projects please contact 21Common Executive Producer Louise Irwin at louise@21-cc.org



Gary Gardiner is a performer, director, producer and creative learning practitioner, working across a range of local and international contexts. He is the Artistic Director of 21CC and pioneers arts education practice and contemporary performance work. Work includes Santa: A Very Merry Businessman (5 stars) and Thatcher’s Children (4 stars) for which he won The Arches Platform 18 Award in 2012, Dancer and 43 Percent. Gary is also an advisor and assessor for the nationally accredited Arts Award and currently works as Lecturer in Applied Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Gary is particularly focused on using the arts and social enterprise as a tool for making sustained personal and social change. Key themes in Gary's work are critical and creative learning; knowledge exchange; equality and human rights; democracy and social justice; gender and capitalism.


Lucy Gaizely is a producer and artist of new work, encompassing live art practice, participation and hybrid art forms with a particular focus on diversity, asking ‘who is and can be an artist?’ and using this question to motivate her practice. Lucy has produced the work of Adrian Howells, Peter McMaster, Catrin Evans, the internationally renowned performance company Mammalian Diving Reflex, Janice Parker and Solar Bear, and is a board member of award winning performance company (G)lass Performance and an advisor of the arts for Sense Scotland. Lucy makes performance art that interrogates motherhood and society's collective (or not) responsibilities to this, and works collaboratively as an artist with Gary Gardiner developing arts projects that promote social change with adults and young people.


Murray Wason is an artist and performance maker from Glasgow, who is currently a visiting lecturer and tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He works primarily in theatre, devised performance and film. He frequently collaborates with 21CC and other artists in ensemble creative processes for live performance. He has previously worked with Peter McMaster, Nic Green, Live@LICA, Tim Crouch, Lieux Publics, Fish and Game, Mischief La-Bas, Grace Surman, Adrian Howells and Glas(s) Performance


Ian Johnston has blazed a trail for other artists and performers who have complex communication support needs.  He is a dancer, actor and performer, and over the last few years has held a number of leading roles in contemporary performances presented by 21CC (including Dancer and 43 Percent) and Sense Scotland, as well as collaborating widely with organisations such as Dance Ihayami, Artform and Indepen-Dance and performing at Edinburgh International Festival. He dances to lots of music and goes clubbing with his sisters - this is when he feels most alive! Sometimes Ian replaces talking with dancing, as he really knows how to express himself when he is moving his body. That said, Ian loves a 'banter', as well as making sure Gary knows his place…


Zac Scott is a songwriter, music teaching artist and performance maker. He recently trained at Lincoln Center Education, New York and graduated from BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Zac regularly works as a teaching artist, leading music, songwriting and performance workshops in different contexts – most recently with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall New York, Paragon Music working with people with additional support needs and Starcatchers, with young mothers and their infants.

Zac has been a collaborator with 21Common for a few years assisting on and mentoring new performance work in educational contexts; performing in and designing sound for new pieces of work as well as fulfilling the role of assistant producer.