What are the benefits of engaging in co-productions, partnerships and collaborations? How do we do that as an arts organisation? Through examples and best practices, the session will explore the notion of partnerships and co-productions as well as the benefits and challenges of collaborations.

The guest speakers for the session will be Simon Sharkey - Director of 'The Necessary Space and Eckhard Thiemann - independent curator, programmer and arts manager, specialising in contemporary Arab culture, dance and international cultural programming and exchanges. 
The session will be moderated by Elaine Falzon on behalf of ACM. 

Join us on Wednesday 22 July 2020 at 6.30 p.m.

The session will be live-streamed on #ArtsCouncilMalta Facebook page.

Guest Speakers: 

Simon Sharkey 
Simon was one of the founding directors of The National Theatre of Scotland, a “Theatre Without Walls.” Over 15 years with NTS Simon pioneered a programme of participatory and community arts across Scotland and the rest of the world. Since leaving NTS in 2018 he formed “The Necessary Space” which he calls a “Theatre of Opportunity.” He is currently engaged in several projects across the world including Jamaica, Trinidad, Austria, Berlin, Malta and of course Scotland. He was one of the first people in the UK to receive a National Endowment of Science, Technology and Arts (NESTA) “international cultural leadership award” which saw him stationed in the Alexandria Library over three years. He has also worked in Jordan and Lebanon and most recently presented a keynote speech in Saudi Arabia’s conference on the arts and culture. He is a director, writer and most recently, a documentary filmmaker.

He works on epic and intimate scales with site-specific theatre and theatre for social change.

Photo by Simon Murphy.


Eckhard Thiemann
He is Artistic Director of Shubbak, London’s largest festival of contemporary Arab culture (www.shubbak.co.uk). Shubbak 2019 presented over 130 artists across 40 venues including Royal Opera House, Barbican, Southbank Centre, Sadler’s Wells, British Museum, and reaching an audience of more than 50,000 people.

He is also is Programming Associate – Dance for The Lowry (www.thelowry.com), one of UK’s largest arts centres, where he develops an international dance programme across its three venues, presenting over 25 dance productions across the year. 

Eckhard won the 2019 Outstanding Dance Programming Award by One Dance UK.

Eckhard was Associate Artistic Curator for CODA - Oslo International Dance Festival (www.codadancefest.no)  in October 2017.

He was freelance producer for the digital platform The Space (www.thespace.org), for which he delivered co-commissions with Tate Modern, National Theatre of Scotland, Aldeburgh Music, National Theatre Wales, Barbican and Serpentine Galleries. He worked twice with Siobhan Davies Dance as interim Creative Producer, significantly enhancing the company’s international profile. He was a producer for the London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad and curated the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival 2011 and acted as adviser for the 2014 festival. He curated OUTSPOKEN – NEW PERFORMANCE FROM ARAB ARTISTS for International Dance Festival Birmingham (2010), and produced African Crossroads for Dance Umbrella (2009). He programmed the opening season of Pavilion Dance and the conference Digital Futures in Dance. Previously he was artistic director of Woking Dance Festival, and Year Of The Artist coordinator for South East Arts. 

Guest Participants: 


Moveo Dance Organisation
Moveo’s mission is to create contemporary work of the highest artistic quality presented to audiences both locally as well as internationally. It provides a holistic approach to dance that goes beyond developing the physical skills of a dancer, given that it extends to promoting a healthy and positive outlook towards the world of dance and the arts as a whole. Moveo's vision is twofold: creating the highest standard of theatre productions and educating the community through its community engagement programme. Its main aim is to create theatre productions that are as accessible as they are conceptual, in order to break the current stigma that contemporary dance is only for contemporary lovers and artists. Moveo’s vision of internationalisation will continue putting Malta on the global contemporary dance map. 

Teatru Salesjan
Teatru Salesjan celebrates culture, diversity, inclusion, exchange. It is a community theatre where people matter. Its purpose is to provide audiences with a space within which to enjoy the Arts as a spectator but also a place for its community to participate as creators of the Arts. Built in 1908, it is the oldest existing theatre in Tas-Sliema and one of the oldest working theatres in Malta which has been an active focus for local creativity for many generations. The theatre’s vision is to inspire its community through the Arts, on stage and off, with the goal of creating a more respectful and sensible society.  

Opening Doors
Opening Doors Association works for the promotion of and active involvement of persons with learning disabilities in the artistic and creative sector. It runs performing arts training sessions, produces performances and organises open-air Jams in various localities. Opening Doors aims to: - create opportunities for people with learning disabilities to participate in artistic and creative activities in Malta and abroad - create ongoing training opportunities for people with learning disabilities to develop artistic skills that manifest in expressions of artistic quality - raise the profile of the contribution people with learning disabilities can make to the creative sector - create opportunities for European and international travel and exchange with other artists and organizations whose profile addresses the inclusion of people with disabilities in the creative field - operate consistently in a manner that ensures that all of its actions are underlined by full accessibility, both physical and intellectual.  Opening Doors also provides the necessary support for the growth and development to the full of its members’ artistic potential.

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