Advisory & Consultation Phase:

Venues Working Unit [Group C]

Focal Points: Audiences & Collaborators


3rd November 2020



Keith Demicoli





Cathy Lawlor


Stephanie Bonnici

* The Advisory Group is made up of representatives from Public Cultural Organisations, Beneficiaries of Investment in Cultural

Organisations & the Gozo Cultural Support Programme, Festivals, Public Entities, Associations & Organisations, Lobby Groups, Cultural

Operators (Management, Education, Communities), Beneficiaries of the Malta Arts Fund Special Call, and Participants of the ACMlab

Special Series & Arts Reboot Series.


Session Outcomes:

The following suggestions and/or solutions for the Cultural and Creative Sectors were outlined and shared by sector stakeholders during the Advisory Group session:

  • Financial models that support both artists and audiences should be sought, with potential solutions pointing towards longer development processes for artists and lateralised funding to allow research and development for large-scale projects now which can be realised at later stages.


  • The way we interact and engage with audiences needs to be unlearned and rethought. This may be a time to learn more about audiences and for the arts to become part of society in a more active manner. Ready-made audiences also provide new opportunities for artistic work to be presented in non-conventional formats.


  • Cross-sectoral collaborations are highly encouraged, with an emphasis being placed on the importance of such collaborations to be sought through long-term plans and conversations. The more organic such connections are, the more likely that cooperation can be enabled.


  • Smaller, intimate events are a possible short-term solution which can be explored particularly by independent artists and small organisations in view of mitigation measures.


  • Acknowledging that present realities have created a ‘survival of the wittiest’ scenario, must be combined with support through an acknowledgment of the psychological, emotional, logistical, and financial implications of the adaptation and flexibility being asked of the sectors.