Established in 2010 with Arts Council England funding to research informal exchange cultures, Leeds Creative Timebank is now a robust operational model which functions to extend the social economy for the arts sector in the city.
Members can find support by receiving mentoring or training, or by having professional practical support, or by accessing general skills support such as driving or invigilation. Currently over 120 skills and knowledge sets are listed which range from Use of Adobe Software, Teaching at FE/HE levels, Copy writing, Critical Philosophy to Chairing a Meeting.
Using Timebanking UK’s online database, requests and transactions are administrated by members who take the role of Timebrokers to efficiently ‘broker’ the exchanges between members. New members are recruited through open calls and invited to an induction workshop to learn more, understand the Ethics and values on which the timebank operates, and to join up. Full instruction is given on how to start making hour-credit transactions and tap into the breadth of skills and knowledge that resides in the network of members.
A Management Group oversees the policy and procedures to ensure the timebank is a well managed resource and sustainable for the long term. Members are welcome to come to the bi-monthly meetings and to take on greater responsibility by joining the Management Group.Whilst strengthening the creative network by introducing people into new and varied relationships, individuals benefit by being able to:
- realise projects
- receive bespoke professional development
- reposition practice across artforms and contexts
- form new networks and collaborative opportunities
- enable strategic planning and research & development
- market test ideas
- gain additional employment, contracts and commissions.