People’s Bank of Govanhill
a local currency project (Scotland)
The People’s Bank of Govanhill is a local currency project in Govanhill, Glasgow
The project takes Govanhill’s existing alternative economy as a starting point, considering the diversity and richness of the local community as a form of wealth.
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 and exchanges has grown into a long term project, mapping the local economy and expanding ideas of community currency to re-define our ideas of value, worth and distribution.
The appropriation and re-interpretation of JK Gibson-Graham’s “Economy as an Iceberg” diagram (from their 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 citizensbook Take Back the Economy) has provided a useful metaphor in discussing Govanhill’s alternative economy.
The People's Bank of Govanhill was created by artist Ailie Rutherford to talk about all the unpaid work that goes on beneath the surface of the economy in Govanhill, the most diverse part of Glasgow. At a recent lunch, Rutherford led a group of women from Roma and Muslim communities as they mapped out all the work they do, to show its value.