Funded projects for 2016
Multi-Annual Support Grant
Applicant: ARC Research & Consultancy Ltd. – Davinia Galea
Reference number: MASG 05-FN 1800
Project Title: The Mediterranean Dimension: Initiation and (re)creation
Amount awarded: €60,000
This is a project which aims at developing a EuroMed platform for the recruitment of talents, exchange of ideas, and production of innovative projects. ARC is an independent entity which is working with the Medinea project (Mediterranean Incubator of Emerging Artists) that was created in 2011 and is coordinated by the Festival d’Aix en Provence. ARC is also coordinating the upcoming Creative Europe Platform application in collaboration with Fondazzjoni Kreattività. Through this project, ARC aims to make Malta visible and at par with other Mediterranean counties. It will be choosing the right artists for the right projects, and inviting key people from the Festival d’Aix en Provence over to Malta to audition artists, facilitate workshops and conduct various initiatives that will enable Malta to become an important contributor to the EuroMed initiative. ARC is proposing a number of events and initiatives leading up to Valletta 2018 and beyond in order to create a legacy. This is a long-term quality project that also effectively encourages creative risk and experimentation.
Applicant: More or Less Theatre – Angele Galea
Reference number: MASG 09-FN 1804
Project Title: Get Your Act Together
Amount awarded: €60,000
Local theatre practitioners will be invited to attend a seminar given by local and international theatre-makers that tackles the artistic and practical aspects of creating new theatre projects. The mentors will be from Big Van Science (Spain), Labperm (Italy) and More or Less Theatre (Malta). Elise Billiard (France) will be providing the research and content from an urban anthropological point of view. Following the seminar, those attending will be invited to submit their proposals for a new play based on the subject of Cabin Fever – one of the themes being tackled by the Valletta 2018 Foundation. Two projects will then be selected and the plays will be developed and perfected over a two-year period. This project is intended to be followed by future editions when different themes will be tackled. It aims to jump-start a culture of creating and developing quality community-conscious theatre pieces that tour regional spaces before opening in Valletta venues or being made available for international tours. It also aims to teach the art of theatre skills to the community at large, in a professional manner and with practicality in mind.
Applicant: Musiconnect Ltd. – Gabriella Giacchino
Reference number: MASG 10-FN 1805
Project Title: Of Peace and Unrest (Working Title)
Amount awarded: €35,000
This is a project that empowers creatives and communities to celebrate cultural diversity by means of the performing arts for the promotion of global understanding, cultural integration and social wellbeing. A team of creative practitioners will embark on a two-year journey of collaboration and experimenatation with the aim of creating a quality-driven and innovative multi-cultural interaction. Co-directed by Renzo Spiteri and Gabriella Giacchino, this journey will integrate an additional three artists hailing from two Mediterranean countries and a Balkan state - Vakia Stavrou from Cyprus, Toni Cuenca from Mallorca, Spain, and Jovan Milosevski from Macedonia. Teatru Manoel will then host a multimedia performance that debates contemporary society and multiculturalism, presented as a live soundtrack to footage documenting the social reality of exile, conflict and struggle for space. This project aims to give a voice to all contributors who will each share their outlooks, opinions, anger, suffering, joy, losses and gains experienced in a world that strives to celebrate diversity while xenophobia reigns high.
Applicant: Blitz – Alexandra Pace
Reference number: MASG 11-FN 1806
Project Title: TRANSFORMER: International creative spaces & cultural mobility
Amount awarded: €45,000
This project is initiated by Blitz in collaboration with the University of the Arts London (UAL) – Central Saint Martins, UK. It proposes to engage the emerging Maltese/regional artistic practice – in terms of current socio-cultural concerns and contemporary practice – and to situate it within an international cultural network via the initiation of a series of border-crossing curatorial and artistic exchanges. The project includes curatorial research, artist residences, public talks and workshops and a series of exhibitions in spaces across Malta in 2018, thus building on the activities of project partners in Malta, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, the UK and augmenting Artist Run Organisations (AROs) in Malta. The main aim of this project is to attract new audiences through an inclusive and attractive public engagement programme which will be facilitated through a complimentary programme of talks, workshops and educational programmes. It also aims to develop a sustainalble ARO network, thus explanding Malta’s connectivity within the contemporary field.