The People’s Bank of Govanhill was intiated by artist Ailie Rutherford during a residency at Govanhill Baths in 2015

What began as a series of currency experiments, ad-hoc exchanges and on-the-street discussions has grown into a long term collaborative project, mapping the local economy and expanding ideas of community currency to re-define our ideas of value, worth and distribution.

In 2017 The People’s Bank of Govanhill became a constituted community group, run collectively by a committee of women with a growing membership of local residents and interested citizens.

The appropriation and re-interpretation of feminist economists JK Gibson-Graham’s “Economy as an Iceberg” diagram (from their book Take Back the Economy) has provided a useful metaphor in discussing Govanhill’s alternative economy and the everyday economic practices supporting our lives that often go unacknowledged.


pbogchips-4Our new exchange space, Swap Market opened in September 2018 providing a space for swapping and sharing resources without the need for money. Swap Market works as a skills and knowledge exchange, workshop space as well as facilitating the exchange of goods, traditions and cultures; a place to work together to find innovative solutions to everyday problems, putting feminist economics into practice. We work 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 chart the growth of sharing in the local area.


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