Artists’ Residency 2022 Call

Spazju Kreattiv invites creatives from all fields to apply for an immersive and community-based artist-in-residence programme for 2022. Duration may vary from three (3) to four (4) weeks for residency projects taking place between January – December 2022.

These residencies are based in the context of our strategic vision and growing cultural creative scene in Malta. The programme is developed in-line with Spazju Kreattiv’s remit of being a catalyst of contemporary expression, legacy of the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture and Arts Council Malta’s strategy.

In such a framework, our residency programme aims to enrich cultural diversity within the national creative scene by encouraging encounters and exchanges between international and Maltese artists, the creative collaborators and communities as well as the physical and virtual environments. The residency framework will provide the time for research and development as well as opportunities to engage with communities in the presentation of work.

Timeframes

Call opens on Tuesday 6th April, 2021 

Call closes on Tuesday 18th May 2021

Decisions communicated by Tuesday 8th June 2021


Those interested can apply  for the following Artists’ Residency Programme strands:


1. Spazju Kreattiv Artists’ Residency in Malta in collaboration with the Valletta Design Cluster

Residency Duration: 3 – 4 weeks

Residency Location: Valletta, Malta

Number of Residencies: 3 (minimum)

Spazju Kreattiv in collaboration with the Valletta Design Cluster, is seeking proposals for residencies at a community space for cultural and creative practice situated in the renovated Old Abattoir building (Il-Biċċerija) in Valletta. The Valletta Design Cluster forms part of the Valletta Cultural Agency, a legacy organisation from the European Capital of Culture in Valletta, Malta in 2018. The residencies, which are based in Valletta, are mainly targeted towards artists and creatives from the Global South/Euromed/MENA Countries. Preference will be given to applications dealing with social, demographic and cultural changes in urban heritage zones undergoing rapid urban transformation. 

These residencies will seek to provide selected artists-in-residence opportunities to collaborate with specific local communities having a shared interest in long-standing traditions, social trends and contemporary creative practices, including engagement with material culture (‘making’), urban space, and placemaking practices. Artists/creatives will have the opportunity to use the Valletta Design Cluster facilities, including digital fabrication equipment at its makerspace, co-working facilities, meeting / workshop rooms, foodspace, and public areas including its roof garden.  

Each residency can accommodate up to four (4) collaborating artists/practitioners, centred around a clearly identified core project/theme. Where the applicant is more than a single artist/practitioner, a justification needs to be provided showing how the identified theme will be addressed in a multidisciplinary multi-perspectival manner.


2. Spazju Kreattiv Artists’ Residency in Gozo

Residency Duration: 3 – 4 weeks 

Residency Location: Gozo

Number of Residencies: 2

Those residency projects situated in Gozo, rural sister island of Malta, are to be developed within a close-knit community, and are meant to maximise cultural immersion within the island and its communities. Selected projects should  take in due account the island’s traditions and social fora, and in the process explore opportunities for cultural and creative discoveries. 

Each residency can accommodate up to two (2) collaborating artists/practitioners, centred around a clearly identified core project/theme. In cases wherein the proposal includes more than a single artist/practitioner, a justification needs to be provided showing how the identified theme will be addressed in a multidisciplinary multi-perspectival manner.


Artists’ Residency Programme Priorities

Applications will be considered in relation to the overarching strategic vision of Spazju Kreattiv centred around Artistic Excellence, Community Outreach and Internationalisation, however priority will be given to those applicants who seek to;

  1. collaborate directly and actively with local communities and cultures;
  2. willing to interact/network productively with Maltese creatives and/or organisations;
  3. work within a context that relates directly to the listed programme/s of Spazju Kreattiv;
  4. present creative forms that are currently emerging or underrepresented in Malta and Gozo.


Conditions

Spazju Kreattiv will provide those selected with:

  • Accommodation (exact location to be determined at a later stage);
  • Airport transfers;
  • Daily subsistence;
  • Project allowance;
  • Professional assistance in the coordination and development of the initiative.

Flight expenses are the responsibility of the selected applicants and need to be booked following consultation with Spazju Kreattiv.


More information:

Spazju Kreattiv strategic vision: https://www.kreattivita.org/en/call/#strategic-vision

Artists’ Residency Programme Framework and past residencies: https://www.kreattivita.org/en/artists-residency/

Valletta Design Cluster: https://www.vca.gov.mt/en/valletta-design-cluster

Arts Council Malta: https://www.artscouncilmalta.org/

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