Swap Market opened to the public on 11th September 2018.
A skills, knowledge and goods exchange, Swap Market will also provide workshop space for facilitating the exchange of traditions and cultures; a place to work together to find innovative solutions to everyday problems. The space will feature a different kind of stock exchange with our in-store “Swaps and Shares index”. Rather than the financial growth charted by the traditional stock market, we will chart the growth of sharing in the local area.
Swap Market is the latest venture from feminist community currency project The People’s Bank of Govanhill. The project takes the neighbourhood’s existing alternative economy as a starting point, considering the diversity and richness of the local economy as a form of wealth.
Artist Ailie Rutherford initiated the Peoples’ Bank in 2015 during a residency at Govanhill Baths. What began as a series of currency experiments, ad-hoc exchanges and on-the-street discussions has grown into a long-term collaborative project. In 2017 the People’s Bank of Govanhill became a constituted community group, run collectively by a committee with a growing membership of local residents and interested citizens.
For more information about The People’s Bank of Govanhill visit
SWAP MARKET is funded by Climate Challenge Fund, Co-operative Glasgow and Glasgow City Council
The People’s Bank of Govanhill has received funding from South East Vibrancy Fund, Govanhill Baths Community Trust and Creative Scotland
Swap Market team:
Sibell Barrowclough - manager
Usma Ashraf - assistant manager
Rahela Cirpaci – swap market staff
Mila Karwowska - swap market staff
Alex Wilde – events co-ordinator
Ailie Rutherford - artistic director (PBoG)
Rabiya Choudhry - infographics artist
Shreya Agarwal – infographics artist
Rae-Yen Song - window dresser
Photography by Angela Catlin, Bob Moyler and Najma Abukar
Swap Market interior was beautifully retro-fitted by bespoke furniture maker Altronica
Illustration by Shreya Agarwal