Earlier this week it was announced that the professional status of visual artists and writers in Ireland will be recognised when applying for Jobseeker’s Allowance. The one year pilot is being developed by the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs under the Creative Ireland programme with the expert knowledge of Visual Arts Ireland and The Irish Writers Centre. Visual Arts Ireland and The Irish Writers Centre have been invited to facilitate the pilot scheme, and are approved to certify the professional status of artists and writers through their respective professional membership schemes.
Noel Kelly, CEO of Visual Artists Ireland stated:
'We recognise that this is a one year pilot scheme and will monitor it during the first twelve months. During this time we will continue our conversations with both departments to ensure that the visual artist’s voice will continue to be central to the conversation. We will also continue to look at promoting change that allows for more income generating opportunities for visual artists both at a policy level and at a practical level.'
The full announcement can be found on the Visual Arts Ireland website here. CVAN will follow and report on future developments regarding this important and timely scheme.