Artists’ Residency

Spazju Kreattiv invites creatives from all fields to apply for an immersive and community-based artist-in-residence programme with a duration of between two to four weeks.

These residencies are based in the context of a growing cultural creative scene in Malta in line with Spazju Kreattiv’s aim of being a catalyst for contemporary art in Malta and allowing for international collaboration. 

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

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Our Residencies

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

Spazju Kreattiv Artists’ Residency in Malta in collaboration with the Valletta Design Cluster
Residency Duration: 3 – 4 weeks
Residency Location: Valletta, Malta

Starting in 2019/2020, Fondazzjoni Kreattività is embarking on a multi-annual collaboration with the Valletta Design Cluster, 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.

Spazju Kreattiv Artists’ Residency in Gozo
Residency Duration: 3 – 4 weeks
Residency Location: Gozo

The residency projects will be based in Gozo, rural sister island of Malta, and will be planned within a close-knit community and are designed to maximise cultural immersion within the island and its communities, landscapes, seascapes and soundscapes, and the contemporary exploration of cultural diversity that exists there.

A residency with a focus on children and young people
Residency Duration: 2 – 3 weeks
Residency Location: Malta

The residency is an opportunity for children and young people between 0-17 years to actively participate in a project with creatives who are sensitive to working within such contexts. The initiative is part of Spazju Kreattiv’s aim for active involvement and empowerment of upcoming generations in creativity. The strand is organised in collaboration with ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, the National Youth Organisation.

Artists’ Residency Programme Priorities

Applications will be considered in relation to the overarching strategic visions of Fondazzjoni Kreattività. Priority will be given to those applicants who:

  • Collaborate directly and actively with local communities and cultures;
  • Are willing to interact/network productively with Maltese creatives and/or organisations;
  • Work within a context that relates directly to the listed programme/s of Fondazzjoni Kreattività;
  • Present creative forms that are currently emerging or are underrepresented in Malta and Gozo.

Fondazzjoni Kreattività 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 Fondazzjoni Kreattività.

Spazju Kreattiv Programme Strategic Vision

In constructing Spazju Kreattiv’s programme, there needs to be a clear vision. Based on the three pillars of Artistic Excellence, Community Outreach and Internationalisation, all prospective creatives should bear these 3 principles in mind when applying to be part of our programme. 

Artistic Excellence
Creatives from different walks of life are encouraged to propose concepts which strive to push artistic boundaries and resonate current socio-political contexts. Initiatives which show a considerable amount of research and creative accomplishment are viewed favourably. The direct involvement of emerging creatives who are seeking further experience and professional development opportunities is also worth considering in the drafting of the application. Submitted proposals should have a clearly defined concept brief substantiated by a portfolio of past work and experience, a detailed plan of action with deliverables, and information about partnering professionals and/or institutions.

Community Outreach
Our organisation strives for social dialogue and exchange with different community groups. In this context, submitted proposals need to show a clear understanding of the target audience/s including strategic ways how they can be engaged. Accessibility in all its forms, being physical or intellectual, is encouraged and viewed as an important aspect of any successful endeavour. Digital presence and online interactivity as part of the proposed ventures are also seen as essential elements in being favourably considered to form part of the programme.

In the continued aim of achieving artistic accomplishment, interested applicants are encouraged to seek international partners in the production of proposed ventures. Such encounters and associations need to be viewed in the continued evolution and development of the project. Involvement in international networks and cross-collaborations with strategic partners with the aim of further development and prospective touring opportunities are encouraged.