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51.6 – Hilary Powell talks banks and heists

51.6 – Hilary Powell talks banks and heists

Last night we hosted the fourth in our series of 51.6 events. The talk was held in the stunning Alex Reading Room in University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Alexandra Road campus.

We invited Hilary Powell, a changemaking artist from London, to talk to us about her Bank Job initiative. Bank Job is a feature film and interactive art project pushing for economic change.

They operate out of a former bank in Walthamstow, London now called HSCB (Hoe Street Central Bank). Alongside fellow artist Dan Edelstyn, they printed and sold their own artistic banknotes (produced using shredded returned bank notes) and usedsome of the money to support local causes and cancel £1.2 million of local debt.

During last night’s talk, Hilary shared a short edit of the feature film and highlighted the need to change the roles of banks and finance in our lives. By challenging the traditional relationship we have with the banks, we can rethink how initiatives are funded. Her talk was engaging and frank about the problems and challenges they faced and there was a great response from the audience

You can find out more about Bank Job here:

And 51.6 here:

Thank you to UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art for supporting this event.