Swap Market opened in September 2018
transforming a former pawn shop into a space for swapping and sharing resources without the need for money.
The exhange hub works as a skills and knowledge exchange, workshop and events space as well as facilitating the exchange of goods, traditions and cultures; a place to work together to find innovative solutions to everyday problems.
Swap Market is the latest venture from Feminist Exchange Network collective The People’s Bank of Govanhill. The project takes existing community economies as a starting point, to look at how we can put feminist economics into practice in our local communities.
The Peoples’ Bank of Govanhill began as a series of currency experiments and ad-hoc exchanges initiated by artist Ailie Rutherford during a residency with Govanhill Baths Community Trust in 2015 and is now a long-term collaborative project.
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SWAP MARKET has been 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 & Ailie Rutherford - events co-ordinators
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