As Coronovirus struck, governments around the world rushed to implement income and wage subsidies for citizens in need. Months later, it has become apparent that these welfare payments have been crucial at alleviating the worst impacts of the 2020 recession. Artists and workers in the hospitality, entertainment and creative sectors have been amongst the hardest hit of any group by the downturn. In this context, it is interesting that in Canada, artists and cultural workers have been at the forefront of calls for a basic income for all citizens in need, regardless of their work status. This panel examines the role that cultural workers are playing in the developing global campaign for a basic income.
Panel: Zainub Verjee (Executive Director of Ontario Association of Art Galleries, Toronto),
Troy Henderson (Lecturer in Political Economy, University of Sydney)
David Pledger (Artistic Director, Not Yet It’s Difficult)