Registration is now open for the Valletta 2018 Curatorial School, a one-week intensive lecture programme featuring international guest speakers from various institutions.

The Curatorial School is intended for practitioners and students in a variety of related fields such as the fine arts, art education, arts administration, curation and history of art.

This year’s edition is taking place at the University of Malta – Valletta Campus from the 28th August to the 1st September. Those interested in attending may register by Friday 30th June by visiting

This year’s theme for the Curatorial School is ‘Researching Curatorial Practices’. By bringing together international and local perspectives, the programme focuses on the research that curators of contemporary art engage in and on the role the production of knowledge plays in contemporary exhibitions. It explores the relations between curating, knowledge, site-specificity and the public domain in international and local contexts.

The Curatorial School’s programme will explore a range of topics that are highly relevant to practitioners and students today. These include curatorial research methods, the facilitation of encounters between knowledge systems, and the curatorial as an attempt to narrow the gap between concept, exhibition and political action, amongst other related topics.

The programme includes daily interactive workshops, culminating in an exhibition of ideas at the close of the week. Participants are offered the opportunity to respond to tasks put forward by guest curators and receive extensive feedback on aspects of curating, researching, producing and presenting new ideas. Workshop themes include, “Curatorial Start Kit for Researching the Art and Democracy Question,” “Modes of Curating / Curating as Research,” “Curating the Place and the Social”, “Art as Production of Public Domain,” and “Showtime: Exhibition Temporalities and Curating as a Mode of Political Enquiry and Critical Practice.”

The Curatorial School is a Valletta 2018 project, in collaboration with the University of Malta, as part of the Cultural Programme.


For more information on the Curatorial School programme, visit