This year’s edition of Valletta 2018’s Curatorial School, opened its doors to students on Monday 3rd September at the University of Malta, Valletta Campus. Lectures are currently underway and will continue until Friday 7th September.

The Valletta 2018 Curatorial School is a one-week intensive lecture and workshop programme featuring leading curators and experts from major international arts institutions. This is a great opportunity for students to further their curatorial career development through insightful lectures and professional networking opportunities.

The theme for this year’s Curatorial School is ‘Social practices in contemporary art and curating’. The Programme includes daily interactive workshops, lectures and visits to two contemporary art galleries in Valletta and is carefully curated to cover a variety of topics that are highly relevant to practitioners and students today. Topics include curatorial research methods; curating the unfamiliar; the research involved in developing concepts, themes and the selection of artists; the temporalities of display and the potentials and limitations of exhibition-making, with references to many specific exhibitions and international venues, such as the Venice, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Istanbul and Berlin Biennales, MOCA Taipei, Manifesta and Documenta.

During interactive workshops held daily, participants in small groups 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.

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.

The Curatorial School is a Valletta 2018 project as part of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme.

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