Our Story

ARC Research & Consultancy was set up in 2014 with the purpose of servicing creation, practice, and production within the cultural and creative sectors.

We advocate for the development and sustainability of these sectors and continuously aim to facilitate connections with local, regional, national, and international entities. We do this through collaboration, participation in networks, policy research, and cultural initiatives. Our team brings a multitude of experience and knowledge of the cultural and creative sectors, having been involved in drafting the 2011 Cultural Policy and the 2020 ACM Strategy, working with the creation and implementation of the Malta Arts Fund, the bid for European Capital of Culture: Valletta 2018, and the setting up of ŻfinMalta and the ŻiguŻajg Season at Spazju Kreattiv - amongst other significant initiatives.

Based on the Mediterranean island of Malta, we are the local point of contact for EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe - an initiative of the European Festivals Association co-financed by the European Union. We are also the Malta partner for the Medinea project - Mediterranean Incubator of Emerging Artists - which is coordinated by the Festival d’Aix en Provence and which consists of more than twenty cultural organisations operating in the music sector and engaged in dynamics of exchange and collaboration at an international level.

What We Do

We collaborate with individuals, organisations, networks and professionals to assist in

  • Management
  • Direction
  • Research
  • Production
  • Policy
  • Advisory
  • Consultancy
  • Creation


We bring together tools and resources, combine them with appropriate methodologies and expertise, and provide relevant insight into the cultural and creative sectors, and beyond. Recent research projects include: Resources for Online Performances (Malta Arts Fund - 2020), The Impact of Covid-19 on the Cultural and Creative Sectors (Independent - 2020), and Cultural Partnership Review (Arts Council Malta - 2019).

Policy & Strategy

Our team brings holistic and relevant experience as well as profound knowledge of the latest developments in the cultural and creative sectors.

International Networks & Exchange

We have a track record of international stakeholder relationships that have been built on the basis of cultural exchange and growth.

Development & Outreach

We seek to empower emerging cultural professionals, to facilitate conversations and to lead insightful debate.


May 2024

Key Findings

Technical & Production Skills in the Live Performing Arts Industry

December 2020

Toolkit: Online Performances

A Chronicle of a Spring not as Planned

October 2020

Documentary: Online Performances

A Chronicle of a Spring not as Planned

September 2020

Analytic Report: Mill-Kċina ta' Connor

A Chronicle of a Spring not as Planned

July 2020

ACMlab Special Series

Report and Analysis

June 2020

The Pendulum Swings


March 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on the Cultural and Creative Sectors

Survey Findings and Reactions

Our Ongoing Projects

Our Network & Collaborations


We invite you to keep an eye out for opportunities linked to professional development, research participation, knowledge-sharing, and more

Creative Europe: Public Consultation

Open until 6 September 2024



Medinea Session Valletta

Co-funded by Erasmus+ and supported by ACM


The Mediterranean Dimension

ACM & V18 Multi-Annual Support Grant



Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU

Our Team

Davinia Galea

Managing Director
With over thirty years experience in the cultural sector as a musician, event producer, policy maker and CEO, Davinia has co-authored policies, led successful bids and is an appointed expert and advisor in international fora.

Mario Frendo

As producer and administrator of cultural events, performer, and researcher for over thirty years, Mario has held artistic consultancy positions and published in renowned performance-related journals.

Elaine Falzon

A cultural manager with more than seven years’ experience working in the creative sector, Elaine has managed funding programmes, devised strategies, and set up significant initiatives in the local sectors.

Stephanie Bonnici

A cultural manager and master of gantt charts, Stephanie is based in Rotterdam, bringing experience in international cultural cooperation and working at the intersection of dialogue, policy, arts festivals, and community engagement.

Get In Touch

We'd love to hear from you

If you would like to know more about our research, discuss potential collaborations, or make the most of opportunities related to our projects, please drop us a line below and we’ll be in touch shortly.

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