The Freed Market aims to reconnect people with the processes and materials involved in everyday life and empower people by allowing them to determine their own value systems and means of exchange. It offers something for everyone, regardless of age, background or ability and offers people a space to trade and exchange without the need for money.
From Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th June, as part of The Bureau of Exchange, The Freed Market will invite people to take part in a variety of events such as swap shops, food waste meals, skill sharing, valuations of exchange, language lessons, and clothing repairs.
The Freed Market launches its residency within the Bureau of Exchange on Wednesday 3rd June with a Swap Shop Extravaganza like no other. Think you know how swap shops work? Think again. This is a free event allowing participants to determine the terms of their swaps by exploring their reasons for offering up what they bring, the value they hold and what they’re prepared to accept in exchange. Entry only requires one item. Any items can be swapped: clothes, books, food, plants, favours, I.O.U.’s – the only limit is your imagination! Event starts at 5.30pm
Food Waste Cafe (FWC) is a pop-up artwork by Southampton based artists Louiza Hamidi & Libby Russell. From 12.30 On Thursday 4th June Food Waste Cafe will be serving up delicious meals made from locally intercepted food waste as part of The Bureau of Exchange to highlight the increasing issue of food waste and food poverty in the UK today, and our detached relationship to the food on supermarket shelves. Hamidi & Russell are part of global food waste initiatives The Real Junk Food Project, Food Not Bombs and are in the process of setting up their first ‘Pay As You Feel’ food waste restaurant: CURB. Hamidi recently completed her first half marathon fuelled only on food waste to bring further attention to their cause.
Living Wage Performance
Saturday Skill Share is like speed dating but with the aim of picking up and sharing new skills rather than phone numbers. This is a free event celebrating the joy of giving and exploring time as an alternative currency for acquiring new things. Over the course of the day people can take part in short, informal sessions teaching others the skills or knowledge they have to offer, receiving the same treatment in return. It could be a simple life hack that saves you time each day or something you’ve mastered through years of practice – you don’t need to be an expert though to have something to offer, just a willingness to share. Event starts at 11.3oam.
Understanding Money, Artists Workshop with Mick Taylor 11:30am (invitation only).
The Freed Market is an ongoing project exploring Arts role in imagining alternative futures, directed by artist and curator Lydia Heath. Through collaboration with the public the project seeks to address the question: how do we want to live together? and can Art produce social and political change? It operates as a site-specific installation, employing both absurd and practical strategies, to challenge current economic models and propose sustainable alternatives in the aftermath of capitalism.