A 'Dragon's Den' for the arts and sabbaticals for artists among council's plans

Arts Council Malta,
18 December 2021, Malta


By 2025 the arts council is hoping to be able to financially back artists on a research sabbatical, launch a local ‘Dragon’s Den’-style investment event for the arts and advocate for more equitable funding.

These are among 70 proposals listed in a draft strategy leading to 2025 published by Arts Council Malta this week. The public has until the beginning of February to provide feedback about the council's plans. 

In setting the agenda for the next four years, ACM flagged the need to be mindful of structural inequalities based on gender, ethnicity, class, and disability.

“We want to achieve this by further diversifying our funding processes as well as other forms of investment mechanisms we shall lead, develop, or support,” ACM said, adding that professional, social, and economic status and conditions of artists, creatives, and cultural practitioners will be central to its investment decisions.