Working Class Movement Library

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‘Money Money Money’ – two artists’ use of the WCML collections

Posted by wcmlibrary on December 17, 2012

It’s always great to see our material being used in imaginative and unusual ways.  Recently two artists, Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck, have used some of our books and pamphlets in an exhibition in London’s Jerwood Space, ‘Money Money Money’.

Photo by Hydar Dewachi

Photo by Hydar Dewachi

Alongside the exhibition they ran study groups, with the aims:

To think about money – what it means and how it works

To examine both historical precedents and contemporary experience  

To promote independent and non-hierarchical learning

To think about how we might engage and intervene with capitalism.

Participants included William Kherbek, who taught an Economic Literacy course at the Bank of Ideas, part of Occupy London.

Photo by Hydar Dewachi

Photo by Hydar Dewachi

Amy and Ruth also ran a skill swap bazaar, creating an alternative, moneyless economy within the space inspired by Robert Owen’s Equitable Labour Exchange.  Swaps offered included street dance and bicycle repairs.






The final work made a result of doing the show was The Alternative School of Economics, which was launched at an event during the last week of the exhibition.  We look forward to hearing more about this, and about Ruth and Amy’s future plans, in the New Year.  More info about the exhibition is at

stall final event


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