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A Transnational Research Program
STEP 4 – Study visit in Malta
A Natural Oasis? is a two-year nomadic free school dedicated to the development of new curatorial research paths in the field of contemporary visual and performing arts. The participants of the programme, one of whom is Valerie Visanich from Malta, have been to San Marino, Kosovo and Montenegro.
From the 7th to the 10th of October the participants will visit Malta. They will be following a three-day programme with the sea as its central theme. Being an island in the middle of the Mediterranean, the sea plays a central role in shaping the Maltese perceptions of space, place and art.
The old capital Mdina will be the first sojourn. Another city the participants will visit is Vittoriosa. Vittoriosa is home to the Maritime Museum, where artist Pierre Portelli and curator Dr Georgina Portelli will be introducing the REL•INK project. Crossing by ferry to Valletta, the first stop at the capital will be Fort St Elmo. The participants will be given a brief introduction by Heritage Malta, and Dr Adrian Grima will deliver a talk about the Mediterranean and the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival. For the past two years, Fort St Elmo has been the venue for the latter event. Dr Vince Briffa, Head of Department of Digital Art at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta will also be a guest speaker.
The participants will then visit Blitz – a Contemporary Art Space in Valletta.
On Sunday the participants will head off to Gozo to meet artist Austin Camilleri for a studio visit, Following up with visits to the Citadella and Ġgantija temples.
The programme will be rounded off by a portfolio presentation by local artists Glen Calleja, Giola Cassar, Darren Tanti and Ryan Falzon. Miriam Teuma, CEO of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ will also honour us with her presence.
Inizjamed is coordinating the visit to Malta with the support of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ. Thanks go to Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker Ltd. and Heritage Malta for supporting this programme.
A project by:
Republic of San Marino
Ministries for Education and Culture, Tourism and Youth Policy
Department of Tourism and Culture
San Marino Cultural Institutes – Bjcem Member
University of Republic of San Marino – Bjcem Member
Municipality of Montegiardino
Institute of Contemporary Art of Montenegro, (ngo) Cetinje
Art Museum of Montenegro, Montenegrin Gallery of Arts Miodrag Dado Đurić
Republic of Kosovo
Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina – Bjcem partner supported by Ministry of Education Science and Technology of the Republic of Kosovo
Republic of Malta
Agenzija Zghazagh, Inizjamed – Bjcem Member
Viafarini – Non profit Organization for Contemporary Artistic Research
And with the support of
BJCEM – Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranea
A Natural Oasis? is part of the activity of BJCEM Network supported by Creative Europe, Programme of the European Union