Fair new idea ‘Common Income’ builds new models for solidarity

Strong together, also financially

Wherever labour and leisure intermingle – and thus especially in the arts – there is a threat of self-exploitation, erosion of social protection and precarisation. Everything indicates that the pandemic will further exacerbate the crisis of labour and income.

Common Income

Can solutions be found in a partial collectivisation of income? That is the premise of Common Income, the idea that has been selected for further development after our first Fair New Idea call.

From April 2021 to April 2022, Anna Rispoli, Leontien Allemeersch, Thomas Decreus and Wouter Hillaert will speak with experts and test different models, followed by a three-month pilot project. They will share their findings with and outside of the cultural sector. Flanders Arts Institute provides guidance and an envelope of 12,000 euros.

More than one fair new idea

A Fair New Idea?! is much more than the support of one project for further development. It is a series of four open calls on different themes.

This first call, on the theme of ‘working with care in the arts’, attracted 28 proposals. They are all very different and each focus on different aspects of caring. In the course of 2021, Flanders Arts Institute will offer several of these ideas extra visibility and a critical sounding board, and put those who submitted an idea in contact with possible partners.

In the meantime, call 2 on sustainable international work has been issued, and call 3 (on working digitally in the arts) and 4 (on diversity and public support for the arts) are in development. Each with the same goal: to tackle challenges that have been around for some time with extraordinary dedication, now that Corona is painfully exposing and often exacerbating them.

A Fair New Idea?! is part of A Fair New World?!.