Basic Income for the Arts in Ireland – What have We Learned after 8 months?

Posted on May 1, 2023

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You can watch the recording of our webinar here.

Wednesday 7th June 2023 6:30pm – 8pm BST, online. You can register for the event here.

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

Please join us for the second 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 second 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 recording of our first session from December 2022 here and read the blog about the session here.

This time we will 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 a brief introduction to 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 based around the following prompts:

• How do you feel after the first 8 months of the pilot? What is your experience as part of the intervention or control group of the pilot?

• How has the Basic Income or being a member of the control group affected your practice?

• How do you feel about the data collection and support from the pilot management?

• Do you think it would be useful to try to bring people in the pilot together in some way to share their experiences?

• How do you think that the trial been received by the wider creative communities and general public in Ireland? Have you received any comments or questions from people at home or abroad?

• How has your experience with the pilot affected you opinion about the difference between basic income for people in arts vs basic income for all people?

• How do you think that your experience and that of others in the pilot might be helpful in promoting the idea of basic income?

• What do you feel are the strengths and weaknesses of the pilot?

There will also be opportunity for questions from the audience. The session will take place on Zoom. Places are free but booking is required. Please register here and the Zoom link will be sent out with your order confirmation.