Students from arts-related fields and cultural practitioners are invited to register for Valletta 2018’s Curatorial School, in which top international curators give lectures and workshops. It is a one-week intensive lecture and workshop programme featuring leading curators and experts from major international arts institutions.

The theme for this year’s Curatorial School is ‘Social practices in contemporary art and curating’, which will focus on artistic and curatorial practices to engage with specific groups of people. Social practice art is typically collaborative, performative and interdisciplinary, bringing together various fields like ethnography, community arts, activism and experimental forms of curating. The course includes daily lectures for the whole group and workshops for smaller groups of students. Guest speakers are Irish curator, artist, writer and educator Dr Paul O’Neill; international artist Jeanne van Heeswijk; the Curator of Public Practice at Tate Liverpool and Senior Lecturer in Exhibition Studies at Liverpool John Moores University Dr Michael Birchall; art historian, curator and writer Nina Möntmann; curator and artist Kelly Large, and writer, curator and broadcaster Alfredo Cramerotti.

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Presentations by individual speakers and workshops address producing projects with participatory elements, political involvement of the arts within and beyond institutions to stimulate social change, and building a collective understanding of a territory when territories are fractured.  Some of the questions are how curators can intervene in real-life contexts, and how art practice can intersect with politics and activism meaningfully.

During the interactive workshops which will be held daily, participants are offered the opportunity to respond to tasks from guest curators and receive extensive feedback on aspects of curating, researching, producing and presenting new ideas. Each workshop is intended for a small group of students.

The lectures and workshops will take place between 9.00am and 15.30pm at the University of Malta Valletta Campus. The fee to attend the Curatorial School is €110, with a discounted student rate of €60 for students currently enrolled in studies. Applications remain open till the 30th of June, 2018. The Curatorial School, taking place between Monday 3rd September and Friday 7th September at the University of Malta, Valletta Campus, is a Valletta 2018 project as part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme. The application form is here.