Last month we launched a competition for an artist to design the third set of Govanhill notes for the People’s Bank of Govanhill, the winner was Rabiya Choudhry who grew up in Govanhill and now lives in Leith.
Rabiya says: “I have been creating alternative currencies since 2012, most recently for LeithLate festival, Edinburgh. I am delighted to be making money for The People’s Bank of Govanhill as it is where I spent much of my youth, when it had a large Asian community. Govanhill is still a place I revisit in much of my work as an artist. The currency has the motif of a migrating thistle bat and has the text ‘we are one’ around it. I believe we are all migrants and that we have to commit to building a strong community”
The People’s Bank of Govanhill is a social artwork and local currency project taking place in Govanhill, initiated by artist Ailie Rutherford during her residency at Govanhill Baths in 2015. What began as a pop-up currency experiment has grown into a long term project encouraging people to get involved in re-thinking their local economy. The project takes as it’s starting point Govanhill’s already thriving alternative economy, considering the diversity and richness of the local community as a form of wealth.