The Project Research and Development Scheme is one of Arts Council Malta’s tools to enable individuals, groups and organisations to plan, develop, be represented in, and deliver on Council’s strategic goals and ongoing strategy – primarily addressing creative professionals and communities by:

• Nurturing creative potential and supporting its development, by encouraging co-creation, collaboration and experimentation.
• Investing in artistic excellence, by encouraging levels of creative risk, experimentation, and active engagement of communities – supporting quality projects, as well as identifying talent and encouraging its development.
• Documenting and carrying out research into Malta’s past and present artistic and cultural communities, as well as Malta’s artistic legacy.

The scheme forms part of Arts Council Malta’s funding schemes which aim to invest in exploratory projects that allow creative professionals and communities to experiment, test their work, engage, be duly represented, collaborate, and develop their ideas further. Applications submitted may form part of the initial phase of a wider project/body of work or can be self-contained.

This scheme will comprise of two main areas of focus. Applicants may choose to focus on one or more of these areas within their projects:

1. Artistic practice - Research into artistic concepts, techniques, and subjects - Exploratory research adopting innovative or untested approaches in the conception, creation and development of artistic work - Research into Malta’s artistic communities, with a view to document Malta’s artistic legacy in an open and sustainable manner.

2. Community and audience engagement - Exploring participatory approaches to audience engagement in order to deepen engagement with existing or new audiences - Experimenting with innovative methods of experiential engagement with audiences - Research into ways to improve access to the arts and promote inclusive participation and greater diversity within the arts.

Who can apply?

Creative professionals/individual artists; Entities registered with the Malta Business Registry (including companies, partnerships, foundations and organisations/associations);  Groups, collectives and consortia; Registered cooperatives; Voluntary organisations enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations. 


The deadline to apply is Monday 27 June 2022 at noon. Late application cannot be accepted.


Click here to download guidelines and click here to download application form template. 

Applicants are required to register a new profile as from January 2021. 

Apply here


Application Deadline: 28th February 2022

Ranking Order

Applicant: Tyrone Grima

Reference number: PRD04-22-1033

Project Title: Depicting women in a patriarchal society

Amount awarded: €7,943

This artistic project aims at creating a space of dialogue to reflect on the role of women in a patriarchal society, and in a male-dominated Church, through theatre and the visual arts. The stimulus will be the figure of Mary, as well as other female characters in the Bible. The research phase will guarantee that the work is relevant and relatable to the narratives surrounding contemporary women. This will be through interviews, consultation sessions with academics, workshops and readings, leading to a reflection of how women were depicted in the history of Christian art over the ages, sketches of the paintings that will be used in the performance and a development of a first draft of a performative text.


Applicant: Chantelle Micallef-Grimaud

Reference number: PRD22-22-1181

Project Title: Research and Development for Walking Home

Amount awarded: €8,000

‘Walking Home’ is a devised performance that explores the politics and tensions within the issue of sexual offences and assaults against women. This project comes as a reaction to the tragedies that are Sarah Everard’s journey home, Sabina Nessa’s murder in London and most recently, Paulina Dembska’s murder in Malta, amongst many others. The research will involve secondary and primary research - all interviews and anonymous online questionnaires will contain trigger warnings around assault and will be sent out to participants of all genders. This research will then be taken into an R&D period with a cast of four actors of different genders. This will serve to clarify the idea that this situation will only improve if all of us come together to address the situation. It is a deep-rooted issue that can only be improved by the collective.


Applicant: André Agius

Reference number: PRD27-22-1187

Project Title: A Developmental Process of Creating New Socially-Relevant Theatre Scripts in Maltese

Amount awarded: €8,000

This project will focus on providing support for a long-term developmental process of two new socially-relevant Theatre Scripts in Maltese. Mr Agius, as the future director of both productions for Teatru Manoel, will work with Simone Spiteri and Immanuel Mifsud on “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen and “Animal Farm” by George Orwell respectively. This development will allow both playwrights a longer period of time and support, both in terms of working on the dramaturgical aspect with the director and also on further developing and adapting the works, through opportunities such as staged readings and workshops. By utilising the theatre’s already available resources through their Creative Learning department, this project also aims at creating opportunities to further develop and refine the script up to a final rehearsal draft - before it moves onto the next stage to be performed. 


Applicant: Bettina Hutschek

Reference number: PRD14-22-1158

Project Title: Grognet AR

Amount awarded: €7,391

"Grognet AR" departs from Ms Hutschek’s ongoing project entitled "Encountering Atlantis“ with focus on Giorgio Grognet de Vassé’s life and heritage. Grognet was famous for building the Mosta Dome and for forging evidence to prove that Malta was Atlantis. The beneficiary’s artistic research explores the possibility of developing an Augmented Reality (AR)- experience in Maltese public spaces to merge Grognet’s heritage, Plato’s Atlantis-myth and contemporary Malta. These different historical levels are interconnected via AR accessible to anyone who owns a smart device. The project looks at questions such as: What is truth? How do we identify fake news? How can virtuality shape a more radical understanding of truthfulness? The research outcomes will be shared through i) a website ii) presentations in collaboration with Unfinished Art Space, FRAGMENTA and Farfara 2031 and iii) a presentation at UoM. The research will pave the way to develop further AR experiences. 


Applicant: Daniel Vella

Reference number: PRD19-22-1177

Project Title: Playing Maltese History

Amount awarded: €8,000

The project’s aim is the design of a location-based, AR mobile game, in which the players work hands-on to discover Maltese history, heritage, and culture through interactive storytelling. The player assumes the role of an academic detective who peruses the archive and visits historical locations throughout Malta to piece together stories from the past by means of AR mechanics and mini games.


Applicant: Anton Saliba

Reference number: PRD24-22-1184

Project Title: 1565: The Great Siege’s Legacy

Amount Awarded: €8,000

1565 seeks to question the narratives of the great siege as well as the event’s legacy in our contemporary Maltese society. Though the siege holds a special place in our identity, the project looks to peel off the manipulated narratives that have been passed down over the centuries, revealing a series of diverse perspectives that can shed a different light on the events that unfolded, as well as the way that this affects the various communities that inhabit Malta today. This research and development phase will be geared towards the construction of a multi-disciplinary theatre piece that will be based on these findings.