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Fifty Steves

Print
2018 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

These bank notes were produced as part of a project, Bank Job, by artist Hilary Powell and filmmaker Dan Edelstyn. This project – part art installation, part publicity stunt, and part charitable endeavour – was staged in an old Co-op bank in Hoe Street, Walthamstow – renamed ‘HSCB’ (Hoe Street Central Bank). They printed money featuring the faces of four people involved in local services – Tracey Griffiths, teacher at a primary school, Gary Nash of the Eat or Heat foodbank, Steve Barnabas of The Soul Project, a youth project for teenagers, and Saira Mir and family from PL84U- Al Suffa, a soup kitchen for the homeless. The artists are selling the notes at their face value (£5, £10, £20, £50) and the project aims to raise money for the four local services but also, rather more ambitiously, to raise enough money to buy out the £1m of debt owed by the people of the E17 postcode, in the London Borough that is one of the most deprived in country. Thus the project advocates for the abolition or cancellation of debts, inspired by the Strike Debt and Rolling Jubilee initiatives in the US, which buy debt and abolish it for ethical reasons. The notes are screen-printed, with the addition of letterpress, and foil blocking, stamped, edition numbered, and signed on the HSCB premises.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Screenprint, with letterpress and foil blocking, on paper
Brief Description
Fifty Steves. Bank note issued by Hoe Street Central Bank, Walthamstow, London, for the Bank Job project by Hilary Powell and Dan Edelstyn, 2018
Physical Description
Printed in black and green with gold foil blocking
Dimensions
  • Height: 92mm
  • Width: 161mm
Copy Number
43/50
Marks and Inscriptions
Hilary Powell 43/50 (In pencil on the back)
Summary
These bank notes were produced as part of a project, Bank Job, by artist Hilary Powell and filmmaker Dan Edelstyn. This project – part art installation, part publicity stunt, and part charitable endeavour – was staged in an old Co-op bank in Hoe Street, Walthamstow – renamed ‘HSCB’ (Hoe Street Central Bank). They printed money featuring the faces of four people involved in local services – Tracey Griffiths, teacher at a primary school, Gary Nash of the Eat or Heat foodbank, Steve Barnabas of The Soul Project, a youth project for teenagers, and Saira Mir and family from PL84U- Al Suffa, a soup kitchen for the homeless. The artists are selling the notes at their face value (£5, £10, £20, £50) and the project aims to raise money for the four local services but also, rather more ambitiously, to raise enough money to buy out the £1m of debt owed by the people of the E17 postcode, in the London Borough that is one of the most deprived in country. Thus the project advocates for the abolition or cancellation of debts, inspired by the Strike Debt and Rolling Jubilee initiatives in the US, which buy debt and abolish it for ethical reasons. The notes are screen-printed, with the addition of letterpress, and foil blocking, stamped, edition numbered, and signed on the HSCB premises.
Collection
Accession Number
E.3290-2018

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record createdMay 30, 2018
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