Basic Income for the Arts in Ireland – What have We Learned after 20 months?

Posted on June 2, 2024

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When? Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 6:30-8:00 PM UK Summer Time (UTC +1)

Where? Online (Zoom)

UBI Lab Arts, UBI Lab Leeds and UBI Lab Network, in association with Basic Income Ireland present:

Please join us for the fourth in our special series of discussions dedicated to reflecting on what we can learn from the Irish Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme, as it unfolds.

The Government of Ireland is running a Basic Income pilot that began in September 2022. 2000 artists and cultural workers will receive a weekly unconditional income of €325 weekly for a period of three years. This fourth session will be an opportunity to check-in with some of the artists involved in the pilot scheme and learn from them about how it is affecting them and their creative communities. You can watch the recordings from our previous sessions here:

First Session Dec 2022 |  Second Session June 2023 |  Third Session Dec 2023

We will again be joined by artists Shane Finan, Alisha Doody and Tadhg Ó Cuirrín, who will give us personal insights from the perspective of recipients and members of the ‘control group’ who applied but will not receive the basic income. We will also be joined by Basic Income Ireland who will give an update about their work and the political context of Ireland.

Following a brief refresher about Universal Basic Income, other pilot schemes, and the work of UBI Lab Arts, the wider UBI Lab Network, and Basic Income Ireland we will open up a discussion with the artists. There will also be opportunity for questions from the audience.

The Irish Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media has just released the second impact assessment after one year of Basic Income for the Artists. You can find all the info about the Pilot and the two reports (6 months, 1 year) on the dept website at . You need to click on the square ‘Report’ and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

The session will take place on Zoom. Places are free but booking is required.

Please register for this event at the Action Network website and you can find more information: