I know this is an issue of great interest to many of my readers, so I thought I’d alert you to a live chat on the subject of internships & the arts that’s taking place on the Guardian website from 12-2 pm tomorrow (2 December).
The discussion comes in the wake of the publication a few days ago by the Arts Council England of a new guide for arts organisations entitled ‘Internships in the Arts‘ — the first such ‘official’ set of guidelines issued for internships in the sector. Amongst its most radical statements is the indication that most arts organisations are obliged under UK employment law to pay their interns minimum wage.
I’ve been asked to take part as a panellist & give insight into the Irish perspective. Anyone can join the discussion however and ask questions, add your own opinions and experiences, etc. I’d love to see a strong Irish presence, given that so many of the issues are similar. Please register to join in the discussion!