Arts Council Malta analyses the outcomes from the first ever State of the Arts symposium

Arts Council Malta,
06 February 2023, Malta

Organised by Arts Council Malta, the symposium gathered together artists, practitioners, policy makers and creatives, offering a platform for discussion and debate on the trends, challenges and opportunities of the artistic sectors in Malta and the international contexts that shape their dynamics.

The programme included a number of keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities, engaging international and locally-based speakers and practitioners with experience and expertise in the topics discussed. The two-day event saw enthusiastic attendees exchanging knowledge on the ever-changing characteristics that make up the artistic sectors.

One of the objectives of the symposium was to collectively explore future directions for the sectors in the face of global challenges, while considering the connections between art and social wellbeing.

To help fulfil this objective, Arts Council Malta implemented a documentation exercise reporting all outcomes emerging from all panel sessions and workshop discussions. These outcomes will help inform the shaping of future strategies and guiding principles revolving around the overarching themes of cultural rights, the place of the arts within sustainable development and the status of the artist.