For decades, art education and artistic practices have interacted with ethical and political questions. The political is often conceived in conflictual terms: separatisms, ethnic, religious or sexual discriminations, immigration issues and border controls, conflicting interpretations of climate change. Politics is a contested space where different interests cross paths. Art and education cannot avoid interrogating these paths but in what ways is their approach to political struggles and ethical dilemmas characterised by a different agenda? How do they propose healthy critiques and forms of connective thinking, reminding us of the forgotten? In this InSEA Seminar we explore art education as an undertaking that draws our attention to cultural tensions and also helps to mould new agencies and meeting places, redefining itself as a social process that not only produces new artefacts but engages directly with living relations.
Venue: MUZA, The Malta National Community Art Museum. Address: MUZA, Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta. Dates: 9-11 October 2019
Organizing Institution: University of Malta
Co-Organizers: MUZA, InSEA European Regional Council; IMAE : International Masters Artist Educator-ArtEZ University of Arts, Arnhem The Netherlands; InSEA affiliate organization APECV: Art Teachers Association , Portugal.
Organizing Committee: Raphael Vella ( Malta) ; Charmaine Zammit ( Malta) ; Angela Saldanha ( PT); Maja Maksimovic ( Serbia); Hester Elzermann ( The Netherlands); Teresa- Torres de Eca (PT); Celia Ferreira ( PT) ; John Johnston (The Netherlands).
InSEA Executive officers: Glen Coutts (Finland);Teresa Torres de Eça (Portugal); Rita Irwin (Canada); Jim Sanders (USA); Samia ElShaik (Egypt); Steve Willis (USA).
European world Councillors: Susan Coles (UK) and Gabriella Pataky ( Hungary) ;
InSEA Europe Regional Council: Peter Gregory ( UK); Ernst Wagner ( Germany); Angela Saldanha (PT); Leena Hannoula ( Finland); Maria Letsiou ( Greece); Victoria Pavlou ( Cyprus);
Invited Scholars: Dennis Atkinson (UK); Carl-Peter Buschkuhle ( Germany); Isabelle Gatt ( Malta)
Hosted by the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Malta, this InSEA Seminar welcomes contributions from educators, arts practitioners and art education researchers.
The organisers cannot provide any direct assistance with accommodation but we recommend that you book accommodation as early as possible. Some places that travellers in Valletta often recommend include the following:
Mid-range: The British Hotel; Grand Harbour Hotel, Castille Hotel, Osborne Hotel
Expensive: Grand Hotel Excelsior, Hotel
There are also many Airbnb options available in the city and beyond. Valletta is actually a very small city so most places will be within walking distance of MUZA in Merchants street. Outside Valletta, you can also search for lodging in Floriana or Sliema, another town which is reachable by bus or ferry. Ferries from Sliema to Valletta and back are very regular throughout the day and the trip across the harbour takes around five minutes. Walking from the Valletta dock to MUZA takes around ten minutes. More information available here: http://www.
While in Malta, you can take these optional tours being organised for participants in the InSEA seminar. If you are interested in joining one or both tours, kindly send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your preference by 12th September, 2019, and you will receive instructions about payment.
A. Optional evening tour - Mdina
Friday 11th October 15:00-18:00
The excursion departs from Valletta towards the old capital city of Malta, Mdina, also known as the Silent City, and one of the main attractions on the island. The trip will include a guided tour of the medieval city, its palaces and bastions as well as a visit to the baroque Metropolitan Cathedral of St Paul. Entrance fee to the Cathedral and transport back to Valletta are included.
B. Optional half-day tour - Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples
Saturday 12th October 9:00-13:00
The excursion departs from Valletta towards the World Heritage sites of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra. Located in a beautiful setting, these unique structures are amongst the most impressive megalithic temples in the Mediterranean. The guided tour includes a visit to the temples' interactive visitor centre. Following the tour of the temples, the group will proceed to the steep cliffs and beautiful sea of Wied iż-Żurrieq . Weather permitting, participants may take a boat ride to see the Blue Grotto (optional). Entrance fee to the temples' visitors centre, Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, and transport back to Valletta are included.