Funded Travel Grants for 2019
Applicant: Florinda Camilleri
Reference Number: CETR-109-19-3884
Project title: Participation in RADMIN: Britain’s first Festival of Administration & Attendance to ‘Since She’ by Dimitris Papaioannou
Amount Awarded: € 581
As representatives of “The Amber Spark” creative studio, Florinda and Niels will attend RADMIN: A Festival of Administration in Bristol, UK, for a deep collective examination of how business - in the arts and beyond - could be different. At a time where the legitimacy of ‘business as usual’ has been called spectacularly into doubt, new thinking and practice around how we do business is urgently sought. Through a combination of formal and social gatherings between individuals, collectives, artists, producers, administrators and creative organisers, the question ‘What can artists do for business?’ will be explored. This artist-led summit will reconsider the 'dull' spaces of administration, managing, trading and maintenance, not as a set of largely hostile impediments which invade or co-opt arts practice, but as sites for critical and creative enquiry, radical histories, experiments, politics, wild imaginaries and meaningful work.
Applicant: Tom Armitage
Reference Number: CETR-102-19-3877
Project title: Domna - A Queer Piano Recital
Amount Awarded: € 500
Tom has been invited to perform at the Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival, in Greece in June 2019. This festival aims to challenge the social and religious barriers that have affected the LGBT+ community in Greece, whilst also exposing Thessaloniki to high quality contemporary art and performance. Tom will compose the final piece of music for the recital programme, based on the festival's theme of 'Eros'. As well as showcasing his work to an international audience, his vision is to one day organise queer art events in Malta, involving international contributors, thus enhancing queer and LGBT+ visibility and high quality contemporary art in Malta. Having been invited to perform in this festival in Thessaloniki, this would be an opportunity to see what can be learned from their festival and to network with fellow performers and organisers for future years.
Applicant: Gabriel Caruana Foundation
Reference Number: CETR-112-19-3885
Project title: Archives and legacy - recontextualizing relationships
Amount Awarded: € 1997
Raffaella Zammit, executive director of the Gabriel Caruana Foundation and Elyse Tonna collaborator of the Foundation intend to visit The Hague and Amsterdam, the Netherlands in May 2019. The aim is to further develop two projects being undertaken by the GCF in collaboration with other organisations. The first project involves a collaboration with the Netherland’s based Instrument Inventors Initiative, the Malta-based Mighty Box, Wen Chin Fu, Andrea Pullicino, Elyse Tonna and Raffaella Zammit. The result is the creation of musical instruments using a specially developed clay recipe. These instruments will be used during performances, where the audience will be able to participate with Wen Chin and the distinct musical piece created will trigger interactive audio visualisations created by Mighty Box. The second project is a collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv were archival ephemera relating to Gabriel Caruana and artworks of his students from the Fondazzjoni Kreattivita collection will be exhibited in the Netherlands. Archival material from the private collection of Bonne Ten Kate a Netherland’s based photographer and long-time friend of Caruana will also be part of this exhibition.
Applicant: Tricia Dawn Williams
Reference Number: CETR-93-19-3866
Project title: TRANSITION at Classical:NEXT - Rotterdam
Amount Awarded: € 1485
Tricia Dawn Williams, along with Ruben Zahra and Atau Tanaka will be presenting TRANSITION in Rotterdam during the Classical:NEXT live showcase. TRANSITION is a unique experience that transforms the piano recital into an interdisciplinary performance featuring motion capture technology, video-art, electronic music and extended piano technique. This eclectic music journey kicks off with ‘Suspensions’ by Atau Tanaka, were the pianist manipulates and triggers electronic music in real time with her gestures. The expo exhibits the work of labels, publishers, agents, festivals, associations and others, and serves as a meeting point for all delegates. TRANSITION is one of eleven projects selected out over 200 proposals pitched for the 2019 edition. This year the live showcase will feature projects from 9 countries: The Netherlands, Australia, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Ireland, France, Germany, UK and Malta. This is also the first time that Malta has been included in the live showcase of Classical:NEXT. There will be live showcases, conferences, project pitches and expo. The conference section is set up to offer presentations, seminars, discussions, one-to-one and roundtable mentoring and other formats to help delegates keep up with changes, trends and innovations.
Applicant: Sarah Maria Scicluna
Reference Number: CETR-95-19-3870
Project title: Walks in Prijedor
Amount Awarded: € 759
When Sarah was touring the town of Prijedor, Bosnia & Herzegovina with locals, she has documented through photography several boulevards, cafes, bars, eateries and fast food places, monuments, the river and the mountains there. She will now be exhibiting her photographs at the Kozara Museum in Prijedor. There are more than a thousand artworks in their collection, including the works of some internationally recognised artists including; Radovan Kragulj, Branko Miljus, Savo Pekovic, Ljubomir Stahov, Mladen Karan and Radenko Milak. There is room for future collaboration with this museum, especially since they have shown great interest in her work. She will also take this opportunity to network and to develop connections with curators and artists in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Applicant: Wioletta Kulewska
Reference Number: CETR-89-19-3846
Project title: Turps / PADA art residency in Lisbon
Amount Awarded: € 1850
Wioletta will be participating in the PADA art residency programme in conjunction with Turps Banana Art School in London. PADA / Turps art residency promotes and facilitates local and international artists through its residency and exhibitions programmes in Barreiro, Lisbon. PADA is located within an Industrial Park and this informs the central mission of the studios - to be in a place of production. PADA encourages residents to make ambitious work and push the production of their artwork in new areas. At the end of the month visiting artists will be invited to exhibit the work produced whilst at PADA in the onsite gallery space. The month-long residency will accommodate up to 6 painters at a time who will each receive accommodation just a short walk from a generous space in a large open plan studio building and a painting programme across the month, as well as access to a workshop, technical support and guided visits into Lisbon. At the end of the second week there will also be one to one tutorials in the studios. In the 4th week there will be a group crit on the exhibition. It will be down to the artists to initiate peer to peer mentoring as well as organising crits with the local artists.
Applicant: Simon Sammut
Reference Number: CETR-112-19-3871
Project title: Gravity - Malta/Mexico
Amount Awarded: € 2000
Simon Sammut has been invited by the Secretaría de Turismo y Cultura Morelos and the Centro Morelense De Las Artres to conduct a series of activities in the city of Cuernavaca Morelos (Mexico) with the purpose of sharing his experiences and skills with the musical artistic community of that City. Along with his collaborator Omar Vázquez from Mexico, they have generating eight themes, which reflect the musical tastes, sounds and feelings of the two artists. They are currently in the process of finalising their first album together as a duet called "Gravity" which involves musicians from Malta and Mexico. The album covers different sonorities and styles like jazz fusion, funk, latin, world music among others. In order to take advantage of the excellent relationship which has developed between the two artists and the other musicians from the respective countries it is proposed that the eight compositions are performed live for the first time in Mexico in April 2019. Simon Sammut will also be joined by Melchior Busuttil from Malta to perform in Mexico together with Omar Vázquez and five other musicians from Mexico.
Applicant: Janelle Borg
Reference Number: CETR-112-19-3881
Project title: Cryptic Street - Tallinn Music Week
Amount Awarded: € 1462
Cryptic Street will be performing in Tallinn Music Week. Held each spring in Tallinn, Estonia since 2009, Tallinn Music Week (TMW) is a weeklong celebration of talent, curiosity, creativity, freedom and equality. Having started out as a music industry conference and showcase festival, TMW has broadened its concept further into an all-encompassing city festival, covering arts, design, technology, city space, food culture and various societal issues. Already in its 11th year, TMW is one of the most acclaimed city festivals and new economy conferences – a major meeting point for Eastern, Western and Central European creative communities. Its attendance has reached 35, 000 people, with 1000 music industry executives attending the showcases each year. Tallinn Music Week has been lauded by esteemed journals such as the Guardian and the New York Times as an innovative festival. After releasing their debut album ‘Titty Monster’ in 2018, the Cryptic ladies performed across Europe and the UK, and were featured on KEXP, DIVA Magazine, Europavox, Tom Tom Magazine, and Louder Than War, amongst others. They’re serving punk madness with a fun twist, fresh out of their DIY framework, as they gear up to take over the world from their humble Maltese roots.
Applicant: Julia Galea
Reference Number: CETR-112-19-3883
Project title: Remnant
Amount Awarded: € 1930
‘Remnant’ is a collective exhibition in which a group of Maltese artists were invited to collaborate with French artists and display their artwork within the gallery of the National School for Photography (ENSP) in Arles, as part of their international festival, between the 13th and the 17th of May 2019. The exhibition allows for the exploration of photography beyond its traditional form and parameters, by making use of new-media processes such as 3D printing, video and multimedia installation. The body of work which will be exhibited in this collective show shares common themes in the areas of socio-political reactions to the Maltese urban environment. Curated by the renowned Japanese photographer Tadashi Ono, ‘Remnant’ will focus on the exploration of the Maltese identity through its culture and representations in historical, traditional and contemporary architecture, as well as through research derived from the National Archives of Malta.
Applicant: Maria Cassar
Reference Number: CETR-112-19-3887
Project title: Lanċa ġejja u oħra sejra (working title)
Amount Awarded: € 2000
“Lanċa ġejja u oħra sejra” (working title), is a collaborative project of dance theatre, that will evolve in four different countries. The dance piece will explore the journey of three Maltese Dance Artists living abroad; they will be exploring how moving away from their homeland has shaped their lives, their practice and their movement. They will be exposing their work throughout 4 cities starting off with Malta then moving to Berlin, London and Cavigliano and finally bringing the work back to Malta. They will be delivering workshops, conducting open rehearsals/showings and delivering public discussions. They will be rehearsing, researching and collaborating at Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte where Sara is based. In Cavigliano, where Rochelle is currently based, they will be working on the narrative, intention and structure of the piece and working on the overall arc of the dance piece. They will also meet and network with artists whose focus is the use of Props and Physical Theatre. The fourth phase will bring the dancers to London, where Maria is based, and where they have also been invited by Jo Leahy; artistic director of Havering Dance Festival, who will provide them with an artistic residency. There they will be working closely with the artistic director who will give them direction from a movement perspective. They will clean up the structure and work with the final version of the music and aim to fine tune the final execution of their movement and intentions.
Applicant: Immanuel Mifsud
Reference Number: CETR-112-19-3869
Project title: 13th Belgrade International Poetry and Book Festival
Amount Awarded: € 436
Immanuel Mifsud will be presenting his poetry collection “Penelope Waits” at the International Poetry Festival in Belgrade. The festival is one of the most prestigious literary festivals from former Yugoslavia. For this year's edition, the festival includes readings by poets from different parts of Europe, including the former Eastern bloc. The festival boasts of twice being awarded the Star of Belgrade, making it one of the most important cultural events in the Serbian capital. It has also been given recognition by EFFE. This is the second consecutive year that Immanuel has been invited to this festival. Excerpts from this book will be the main corpus of his presentation there. Treci Trg, who are both the organizers of the festival and his publishers in Serbia have also prepared a special evening where the book will be presented to the Serbian readers and critics.