Leeds Creative Timebank is a formalised system for its members to exchange their skills, knowledge and experience with each other, valued in units of one hour of time.
Leeds Creative Timebank is a cash-free model facilitating skill and knowledge exchange between individuals and agencies in the arts/creative sectors at a city level.
It has been developed for the creative community and supports the ethics associated with the arts – flexibility, transparency, free-sharing of information, self-reflection and the production of alternatives – as part of its values. We feel that the arts and culture should be leading the way in providing imaginative new ways for civic society to develop resilience and to flourish.
Leeds Creative Timebank is not a stop-gap measure; it is an ambitious project which values professional development and the building of trust and social capital as a critique of and alternative to the cash economy. It is self-sustaining and not reliant on the vagaries of external funding regimes.
We are aiming to build a diverse and balanced constituency of members, in terms of age, background and levels of professional experience, from across all art-forms areas, such as dance, visual arts, music, theatre; allied disciplines such as architecture, arts professionals, administrators, marketing officers; academics and social activists.