Published on Friday 12 April 2024

We are very glad to announce that due to the positive interest in attendance we reopened the registrations and changed the venue. The new Venue is University of Malta - Valletta Campus. The deadline to register is Monday 29th April 2024 at noon. Register on

The Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation in collaboration with Arts Council Malta, within the Ministry of Artistic Heritage, the Arts and Local Government,have commissioned ARC Research & Consultancy to carry out a consultation process on mapping and recommendations regarding the needs and requirements for the formation of an Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts. 

A one-day seminar will be held on 30 April 2024 between 08:45 and 17:00 hrs at the Valletta Design Cluster which will include workshop sessions aimed at bringing together practitioners, pedagogues, and PCOs associated with dance, music, theatre, and visual and interdisciplinary arts  in an intensive working environment. 

The seminar will focus on existing challenges and the future of performing and visual arts education in Malta. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in fruitful exchange and reflection on training strategies and processes related to the preparation of performing and visual artists for a professional career in the industry.  In this regard we invite participants to share insights and experiences in the field and to propose potential actions to boost art-practice education and find relevant solutions leading to a culturally richer, healthier, and happier arts ecosystem.


Agenda – Mapping the Sector: Towards the Formation of the Academy of the Performing and Visual Arts Seminar

08:45 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:30 Introductory Address: Ritianne Borg Saliba, Director General - Educational Services, Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation

09:30 –  10:30 Keynote Address: Marvic Monreal, Opera Singer

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00 Breakout Sessions: Performing and Visual Arts Workshops led by area convenors Simone Spiteri (Theatre), Mariella Cassar Cordina (Music), Diane Portelli (Dance), Kristina Borg (Interdisciplinary Arts), and Vince Briffa (Visual Arts)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:30 Plenary Session: Open discussion on the outcomes of the workshop sessions following  presentations by the rapporteurs and an overview by the area convenors

16:30 – 17:00 Round-up and Conclusions: Mary Ann Cauchi, Director of Strategy and Funding, Arts Council Malta

Practical details:

Date: 30 April 2024

Venue: University of Malta - Valletta Campus

Registrations: (There are only 100 places available. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis)

Last day to register: 29th April 2024 at noon.