elastic money

19th Jun 2024, 12:00pm
Bootle Library

Elastic Money is an artist-led project by Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck of The Alternative School of Economics. 

Through artist and librarian-led sessions at the library, we will collaboratively redefine words and explore the phrases we use when talking about money, debt and the economy, using the process to open up conversations, demystify and reclaim language. 

Each session, we will explore words or terms and map out our own relatable definitions to create playful visuals. This will form part of a publication: A Lexicon of Debt, which we will distribute locally to share our collective knowledge as experts through experience. 

Through the process, we will think about living well despite life’s challenges, remove the shame around talking about money and build a network of solidarity, agency and support for the collective issues our community faces together. 

This work will run alongside ‘Money Matters’ – practical money management and debt advice, delivered by Venus’ team of experts, taking place every Wednesday 

This work has been funded by The European Challenge: a programme which brings together libraries and communities across Europe to develop and test new models for how libraries can respond to urgent matters facing communities.  

Building on conversations started in 2022 from Rule of Threes and Venus’ partnership project “Moon in Venus”, we invited Amy and Ruth back to work with community members, librarians and partners from Venus Charity to explore how libraries can better respond to the cost of living crisis and financial pressures facing working-class communities. 

Money Matters

Cathy from Venus Charity will be in the library to support people with money management and debt advice. 

Bootle Library

12:00pm – 2:00pm 

Every Wednesday

Starting on 22 May (back section of the library)

Elastic Money sessions 

Bootle Library

10:30am – 12:00pm 


19 June – Collage

17 July – Block printing

18 September – Screen printing

16 October – Risograph session

Bootle Library

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