Initiated by artist Ailie Rutherford during a residency at Govanhill Baths in 2015 and now collectively run, The People’s Bank of Govanhill has grown from series of currency experiments, ad-hoc exchanges, on-the-street discussions and workshops mapping intersecting local economies into a long term collaborative project. We continue to look at how we can put feminist economics into practice at a local level, pushing for a radically different economic model and an end to capitalism.
Our Swap Market exchange space opened in September 2018 transforming a former pawn shop into a space for swapping and sharing resources without the need for money. Swap Market works as a skills and knowledge exchange as well as facilitating the exchange of goods, traditions and cultures. With over 2,000 members the project combines art and activism to instigate collective thinking on what a better economic model would look like, grown from the ground up. We have held events, film screenings, talks, art installations and workshops on community commoning, action on climate change, degrowth and intersectional feminism in practice.
Feminist Exchange Network is now looking at how new technologies might impact community currency. If we are inevitably moving towards a cashless society where machines and technology have an increased impact on our lives, we want to know how can we do this in a way that empowers people, enables us to share resources across networks, and meet our needs rather than allowing technology to further disempower people and exasperates inequality.
Artists and activists who have collaborated with The People’s Bank of Govanhill and Swap Market include: Ailie Rutherford, Inga Zaiceva, Calina Toqir, Monster Chetwynd, Rabiya Choudhry, Ellie Harrison, Zara Kitson, Rae-Yen Song, Sibell Barrowclough, Usma Ashraf, Rahela Cirpaci, Altron Hamilton, Alaya Ang, Najma Abukar, Carmen Sawers, Brian Morgan, Nadine Gorency, Katherine MacKinnon, Caroline Darke, Shreya Agarwal, Bettina Nissen, Libby Odai, Chrissie Ardill, Vishwanath Pasumarthi, Foxy, Dania Thomas, Raman Mundair, Elaine Gallagher, Layla-Roxanne Hill, Sapna Agarwal, Deniz Uster, Magpie, Rumpus Room, Nat Walpole and Bob Moyler
What are your hopes for a Scottish Degrowth Network? Ensuring that we work together for social and economic justice in collaboration and partnership. Supporting each other to decolonise our practices while we push for a decolonised and feminist economy