OSTRALE Biennale 019 Call for Proposals

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OSTRALE Biennale 019 Call for Proposals

12 May 2018 - 15 June 2018

Open call for artist proposals

Spazju Kreattiv and OSTRALE invite proposals for the 2019 OSTRALE Biennale taking place between the 28 June and 29 September 2019 in Chemnitz, Germany.

This call stems from the ongoing collaboration between Fondazzjoni Kreattività and the Ostrale Centre for Contemporary Art, which has seen works curated through Ostrale presented during Fondazzjoni Kreattività’s VIVA – Valletta International Visual Arts Festival (2017 and 2018), and the Spazju Kreattiv exhibition Found ă mentalism II (June-July 2018).

The 2019 OSTRALE Biennale continues to investigate  ‘isms’ while offering an opportunity for established or emerging artists to present their work in Germany, benefiting the artists’ development and experience. See curatorial statement below for further details.

A small number of works will be selected through this call to augment a list of other works from Malta selected through the Spazju Kreattiv programme.



The Ostrale Centre for Contemporary Art is primarily concerned with creating space for cross-border projects. In doing so, it is helping to develop an open cultural landscape where different artistic positions engage in dialogue with one another. As well as seeking connections to arts that exist in close proximity, which also aims to create links to science, education and social engagement.

Fondazzjoni Kreattività has established Malta’s national centre for creativity since 2000. Ongoing activities include artist exchanges with other countries, cultivating a sense of cultural identity based on local dimensions and international diversity. Fondazzjoni Kreattività also acts as a catalyst for all forms of expression, by providing space and extending experience to reach all people and involve them in interactive participation and offers an ongoing dialogue between various artistic disciplines, in such a way as to conduct and encourage research and documentation related to the arts and popular creativity, while fostering an aesthetic and cultural awareness among the younger generation.

Curatorial Statement on the ‘isms’ concept

While boundaries between reality and fiction are increasingly blurred by the digital revolution and virtual reality, the return to long-established ‘isms’ is on the rise. ‘Isms’ are evoked to protect values and world views, defending and giving support to specific conduct and behaviour. These ‘isms’ are mostly applied as beliefs, confrontations, social values, or artistic categories. Nonetheless, or possibly even due to this power of individual spirit and collective bonds, ‘isms’ are also seen as a liberating force to redefine values.

The creation of art is amplified by digital tools, the craft extended, and the perception increasingly augmented. Digital media developments support the urge to test the limit. What is art able or allowed to do?

Do exhibitions simply move from the White Cube into the virtual world, the public structure of the city, and the private sphere of apartments? Should we direct the augmented concept of art as universal destiny of human creativity into all aspects of our realities and ‘isms’?

The aims of the second OSTRALE Biennial in 2019 are to exhibit cultural identities of new and established contemporary art in a joint discourse on all ‘isms’ that influence and move them, to present this discourse, and provoke their audiences into thoughtful action.

Accepted proposals will benefit from:

  • Artist fee
  • Freight and transportation of artwork
  • Technical assistance for set-up and dismantling
  • Insurance of artwork
  • Flights, accommodation and a per diem, in the case of projects where the artist/s must be present for the setup in Germany.

Timeline and Deadlines:

  • Friday 15 June 2018 at noon – Deadline for interested artists to submit their proposals to participate in the OSTRALE 019 Biennale
  • Friday 29 June 2018 – Maltese selection panel shortlists potential artists
  • Sunday 15 July 2018 – OSTRALE and Spazju Kreattiv curatorial team complete final selection of artists and works from Malta for OSTRALE 019.
  • Friday 27 July 2018 – Decisions on all proposals communicated to all applicants.


Ticket Information

Cinema Club Members
Concession tickets include students, senior citizens and Special ID Holders (SID).

Venue Information


St James Cavalier
Castille Square, Valletta

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