Member, Rachel Dean, is a contemporary dance artist in the timebank. The film below is a solo she danced and choreographed called Nativity. It was developed originally through a residency at Theatre in the Mill. This documentation was filmed and edited by time bank member Lucy Barker via a transaction in 2014.
We have been discussing the situation of raising membership for the past 6 months. At present the management committee tend to split the cash cost of various expenses we have. These include £120 or so pounds to the timebank Uk which we have to pay to have the database and then small costs relating to the website and buying of food for inductions.
Membership Donation. This was raised to members at the last Big Social and through the newsletter and social media.
This could work as follows:
Ivor Tymchak also suggested that we could explore fundraising events. He says:
“As a creative timebank, we are a bunch of creative people who have many skills; how hard would it be to put on some kind of show/exhibition (and time credits given)?”
This could work as follows: An entrance fee is charged to non-members or works are sold and %age of proceeds go to paying the overheads. This would also serve to promote awareness of the timebank and its alternative model as well as raising funds.
“A compromise could be to charge the membership fee so funds are guaranteed and then run events which, if they raise sufficient funds, could refund the membership fee. Any large surplus could be used to waive future membership fees.”
So July 9th was our latest Big Social held at Wharf Chambers. This was arranged predominantly by Sarah Spanton and Lynette Willoughby. In the Social, members got the chance to socialise and to take part in ‘The gift’. The Gift is a project where members can pitch a project idea that they are currently working on, and other members get to vote on which project or projects they would like to support. This time Lynette Willoughby, Sue Ball and Sarah Spanton kindly donated hours to the time bank to make this possible. Members can donate hours to other members at any time through our gifting transaction service.
This artist book was created by Lynette Willoughby for Deborah Sanderson and her company Urban Angels. This took over forty hours in total. Timebank member Lynette has also created other artist books including one based on a mermaid’s tail for Yorkshire Life Aquatic (led by members Zoe Parker and Lucy Meredith) to collect feedback in for their projects, which took 20 hours. Lynette displayed some of her books at Leeds Artists Book Fair, at The Tetley, earlier this year where a number of Timebank members helped invigilate.
This Timebank Supported Project for Zoe Parker and Lucy Meredith’s Mermaid Group- Yorkshire Life Aquatic. It was filmed by Maria Spadafora, edited by Annabeth Robinson, with voiceover by Ivor Tymchak for member Zoe Parker. We also used the sound booth at Leeds College of Art to record the sound, and Annabeth also edited the sound. Without the Timebank and these members brilliant skills, this video would not have been realised.
“The time bank has supported many of my projects in a whole host of ways. Some of this has lead to transactions paid with money also for these time bank members. So its a great way to meet new collaborators.
Initially i got help planning my idea and raising the cash finance to make the project happen. I then requested transactions so that members made bunting signs, managed volunteers and support staff at Bramley Baths, invigilated at events, made shells out of plastic bottles and made a Mermaid Artist Book.
In 2014, I had a series of smaller projects where exchanges for my projects included photographing at Beacons Festival, and an impromptu photo shoot of ‘Mermaids’ on the fake grass on Leeds Dock. Both photographers managed to take some amazing photographs which we have used to publicise the company and a number of events. I had very performance we did filmed and/or photographed, which included bringing in a second camera on two events. This meant we had high quality documentation of all the major events and festivals we took part in, in Summer 2014. Out of this, we have had a brilliant promo Mermaids made.
It’s great for those last minute things you hadn’t budgeted for in a funded project and so that you can explore any artistic idea, even if it’s one you can’t get funding for. It means you can potentially do that project now and also often new collaborations, knowledge and skills emerge. Leeds Creative Time Bank is wealth of creative talent.”
For all MEMBERS!
Weds 9 July
6.30 – 10.00pm
At Wharf Chambers (23-25 Wharf St, Leeds LS2 7EQ)
Bring food to share!
Starts promptly at 6.30pm
Our twice yearly function which is well worth coming along to, as it’s both entertaining and highly useful to LCT members.
It includes delicious food, inexpensive drinks, music, performance, artwork…
Plus all the usual timebanking Big Social activities… and some new ones!
– Make connections with other members, find out about their projects and tell them about yours
– Make your requests on the night
– Get practical reminders/update your skills list at the Timebroker Booth
– Find out the latest information about Timebanking developments, from the Management Group
Build up your credits by:
1. Coming along and taking part in the Big Social! – 2 credits
2. Making home-made food to share (a sweet or savoury dish for around 4 people) – 1 credit
3. Taking part in The Gift – a fun showcasing session where you give a short verbal (3 minute) pitch of a project – the project deemed most worthy (by audience vote) gets a whopping 20 hours of credit (kindly donated by Sue Ball) to make their dreams a reality! – 2 credits for taking part
Contact email@example.com to sign up for this, and The Gift producer will be in touch.
4. Taking part in The Member’s Showcase – perform in the grand finale at the end of the evening (up to 10 mins of material, PA and mike available), or show your visual artwork in a display (bring images of work on a sheet up to A3 in size) – 1 credit
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for this, and the Showcase producer will be in touch.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Don’t forget to RSVP.