Sandro Debono, Director, MUZA (Malta)


Sandro Debono (1970, Malta) is a Maltese curator, art historian and academic. He is the project leader for MUZA, Malta’s national community art museum inaugurated in 2018. His research focus includes the dialectic between identity and national collections, museum studies and art history in general on which he has published extensively. Sandro has lectured and presented his research at various international institutions and is a regular visiting lecturer at the University of Malta (Department of Digital Art, the International Institute of Baroque Studies and the Department for Conservation and Built Heritage). He has also lectured at various prestigious museum institutions, universities and venues.

Description of the session

Sandro will present tried and tested methodologies of how to engage with, empower and curate spaces of contact, including the transformation of traditional museum spaces.

Session scroll: 1. Understanding your public, audience base and community – simple tools to understand better who your museum user is. We shall also briefly explore the practical application of the John Falk model and other similar classification models.

2. Community as curator – introducing the knowledge ladder approach to empower museum public.

3. Visual literacy: less text, more display – presenting the essential tools for creating engaging displays which can be understood across knowledge levels.

4. Sharing is caring – methodologies to empower audiences to connect with historic collections and share their choice to museum public. 5. Bridging and bonding – presenting ways and means how to bridge identities in museum display, empower connections and tap into the potential of museum objects to empower a shared experience. My presentation shall also be based on my extensive experience as project leader for the MUZA project, the Malta national community art museum and flagship project for Valletta 2018 Capital of Culture title.

Benefits for the participants

Participants shall be able to: 1. Explore tried and tested methodologies how to connect with museum publics and understand how these can be applied to a particular context. 2. Discover the dialectic between display and interpretation, the potential it holds in communicating meanings across time and ways and means how this can empower discussion. 3. Understand the toolbox required to transform traditional museums into culture spaces.


Lecture followed by a discussion – 1H30