Sue Ball and Sarah Spanton have offered training and helped a number of other places set up creative timebanks based on the model set up here in Leeds. Here is the one they supported in North-East.
What is North-East Creative Timebank?
The Timebank is a formalised system for its members to exchange their skills, knowledge and experience with each other, valued equally in units of one hour.
It’s a reciprocal system, where the more you put in, the more you get out – and it’s for creatives across all disciplines and allied practices, living and/or working across the North-East. It follows a successful pilot project in Middlesbrough which is based on the Leeds Creative Timebank model.
How does the North-East Creative Timebank work?
Every Timebank transaction allows individuals to electronically request, offer, and pay for services in hour time credits. When a member performs a task, he or she earns credits that may be banked for use at a later date.
Timebank hours can be earned and subsequently spent by anyone that needs support or has a project in hand – that is the great equalizer of a time-based currency. It is open to you professional artists working in any artform, art students, curators, critics, activists, theorists, historians of art, and other cultural practitioners to join and be part of this network of knowledge and skills exchange.
Example of the direct benefits for an individual practitioner could be;
- access to discrete skills and experience to pump-prime projects without immediate recourse to cash funding.
- hands-on skills to help with the delivery of practical or curatorial projects such as design, software development, written review and critique or other professional skills.
- young artist offering support to more established practitioner gaining mentoring in exchange.
North-East Creative Timebank is supported by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) North East and Leeds Creative Timebank.