The Artist Survey 2021: Assessing the impact of the pandemic

Artists’ experiences of pay and contractual arrangements are included in the survey to develop the Arts Council’s Paying the Artist policy and revise and update the Implementation Plan.
Professional artists needed to contribute to The Artist Survey 2021 organised by the Arts Council. Photo by Burst from StockSnap

Arts Council Ireland has issued a survey that aims to assess the impact of Covid-19 through the experiences of professional artists normally based in Ireland. 

The report based on the survey will focus on the experiences from the changes in work practices, workplaces and work patterns, the financial impact of the crisis on artists in 2020, and the personal impact the crisis has had on them.

Artists’ experiences of pay and contractual arrangements are included in the survey to develop the Arts Council’s Paying the Artist policy and revise and update the Implementation Plan.

The Artist Survey 2021 is a follow-up survey from last year’s survey, which had 1,853 participants.

The survey acted as a part of the Planning for Recovery research programme, which provides evidence for the design of responsive and targeted actions that will support arts organisations and artists.

The April 2020 report can be found on ACI’s website.

The survey in 2020 found that 90 per cent of artists reported being impacted by cancelled or postponed public events. Over 90 per cent of artists reported that restrictions had affected their role in developing or creating new work.

A total of 811 artists reported having a fixed workspace to which access has been disrupted. Half of these had an ongoing rent commitment, and only 11 artists reported receiving some form of rent relief.

The survey resulted in over 870 artists who reported personally investing financially in the development of work that has been cancelled or postponed. The amount invested revealed personal loss by artists with an estimate of €2.5 million.

More on the survey findings can be found here.

The deadline for The Artist Survey 2021 is 28 May 2021. Artists can partake in the Survey here.

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