Published on Thursday 25 April 2024

Event on April 30 to focus on existing challenges and the future of performing and visual arts education in Malta

Arts Council Malta (ACM) is organising a one-day seminar titled Towards the Formation of the Academy of the Performing and Visual Arts. The event will take place on April 30 between 08:45 and 17:00 hours at the University of Malta - Valletta Campus and is set to bring together pedagogues, and PCOs associated with dance, music, theatre, and visual and interdisciplinary arts  in an intensive working environment.

The seminar will include a number of workshop sessions focusing on existing challenges and the future of performing and visual arts education in Malta, and is part of the consultation process that is taking place on mapping and recommendations regarding the needs and requirements for the formation of an Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts. The consultation process, which is being carried out by ARC Research & Consultancy, is commissioned by ACM in collaboration with the Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation.

The event will focus on the training strategies and processes related to those who are planning to embark on a professional career related to performing and visual artists. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a productive dialogue that reflects upon the topic, and are invited to share any insights and experiences in the area. One of the aims of the event is also to make space for any proposals that have the potential of boosting art-practice education and to find effective solutions leading to an arts ecosystem that is richer, healthier and happier.


The Agenda

Registration on the day will start at 08:45, with the Introductory Address launching the day’s programme at 09:00. This will be delivered by Ritianne Borg Saliba, Director General - Educational Services, Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation. A short coffee break will offer the opportunity to network and to get the conversation started before the Breakout Sessions start at 11:00. These will be led as follows:

  • Theatre - Simone Spiteri
  • Music - Mariella Cassar Cordina
  • Dance - Diane Portelli
  • Interdisciplinary Arts - Kristina Borg
  • Visual Arts - Vince Briffa

There will be a lunch break scheduled at 13:00, giving everyone the opportunity to unpack the morning’s events. Participants will reconvene at 14:00 for the Plenary Session, where we will be opening the floor to a discussion on the outcomes of the workshop sessions. There will also be an overview for each Breakout Session carried out by rapporteurs and the area convenors.

The seminar will close with a Round-Up at 16:30, with Mary Ann Cauchi, Director of Strategy and Funding, Arts Council Malta, discussing conclusions and addressing the way forward.

How to register

Registrations can be done here Registration deadline is April 29 at noon.