From 3rd – 7th June the swap shop was open for business and people were allowed to set the terms of their trades. No money changed hands but there was plenty of transactions and conversation about worth, value and exchange. Common questions were: Who owns these objects now? What’s more valuable, sentimental items or expensive […]
The Freed Market
The Freed Market is Lydia Heath's practice-led research project which explores the question "how do we want to live together?" and the role of art in imagining new futures.
As part of The Freed Market last week, CAS artists and members of the public were invited to bring a skill to share with shop visitors on Saturday 6th June. Lydia, The Freed Market artist says: Skill Share was an exercise in communal learning, knowledge exchange, and de-centralisation. People were invited to reflect on what […]
For one day only The Bureau of Exchange was transformed into a pop-up cafe by artists Louiza Hamidi and Libby Russell. The Southampton based artists were invited by Lydia Heath to provide a space for conversation, and the opportunity for people to witness the quality and quantity of food that gets thrown out every day. At […]
All this week, visitors to the Bureau of Exchange have been invited to get creative with the concepts of trade, currency and exchange. Most people have a general unwillingness to take items they value without parting with something by way of exchange. The artists at The Freed Market facilitate a trade, by asking customers to offer an item of […]
On Saturday 6th from 11am Lydia Heath is hosting a Skill Sharing event at The Bureau of Exchange in Andover. As part of the Freed Market (which has transformed the shop into a community space for exchanging resources, time, and skill) this event is a celebration of what each of us has to offer. What […]
With the general election results still dominating the news, money is a topic on a lot of peoples minds. Where it comes from, who gets it, who will have it taken away – all these debates take as their starting point the view that money is a finite resource. Let’s consider for a moment the […]