Applicant: Tom Van Malderen
Reference Number: PSG-20-20-4500
Project title: Land of Resource and Dream
Amount awarded: €16,135
The Land of Resource and Dream project explores various aspects of ‘appropriation of land’ through a set of actions up and around the MUŻA public spaces. For the purpose of the project, visual artists Joanna Portelli, Sandra Zaffarese, Aaron Bezzina, Keit Bonnici and Tom Van Malderen are committed to act as an artist collective and have a close look at the ‘appropriation of land’ both from a local and a globalised perspective, whilst tapping into personal and collective stories.
Applicant: Jesmond Vassallo
Reference Number: PSG-22-20-4502
Project title: inKimika: Lithographic Lab - Malta
Amount awarded: € 16,500
Atelier 10 will be collaborating with an international master printer to develop Malta’s first Lithographic collaborative laboratory. This with the aim of promoting the medium whilst offering the opportunity for contemporary artists interested in developing their skills further to experiment and produce a new body of work in a language which is still relevant to contemporary expression.
Applicant: Joe Debono
Reference Number: PSG-12-20-4492
Project title: Joe Debono Quintet
Amount awarded: €12,000
An exciting musical hybrid that validates and consolidates a musical link between Malta and Sicily in the Jazz Idiom. The production of this new album, featuring Joe Debono as a leader, will be composed of new works for an ensemble, presenting new collaborations with high-profile musicians - Rino Cirinna' Nello Toscano, Dino Rubino and Paolo Vicari. The CD will benefit from an international distribution via Musica Jazz and Jazzit.
Applicant: Luke Azzopardi
Reference Number: PSG-24-20-4504
Project title: The Tree of Life
Amount awarded: €7,251
The Tree of Life is a fashion project which explores the cultural status of art objects in installation, tackling the inevitable ‘mausoleumification’ of cultural sites through the design and creation of a fashion collection and its presentation in the form of an event. It is a nostalgic reworking of the heavily damaged, latent Medieval wall painting and decoration of the location chosen for the event, the Chapel of Bir Miftuh (managed by Din L-Art Helwa), which has recently undergone conservation and restoration, as well as an exploration of the state of ‘in-betweenness’ that the said wall painting currently finds itself in. In a sense, it is a manifestation of the liminal moment between states of being and preservation, and above all else, an exploration of fragments and their relevance in contemporary art and culture.
Applicant: Jean Pierre Debattista
Reference Number: PSG-13-20-4493
Project title: Stop the World on a Friday – Concept Music Album
Amount awarded: €5,500
400ppm is a punk rock band formed in 2017. The members include Jean-Pierre Debattista, Lasse Ullven and Nicky Morales. Our upcoming album, entitled 'Stop the World on a Friday' will consist of 12 tracks. The lyrics are thought-provoking statements that aim to cast a light on the horrors of climate change, global warming and social injustice. All the tracks have been composed with one overarching belief in mind: to combat the many forms of injustice surrounding us we first need to question our way of life, then act according to what is right for the collective good of humanity and the planet.
Applicant: Sarah Maria Scicluna
Reference Number: PSG-18-20-4498
Project title: CUBE Manipulations
Amount awarded: €2,202
This project is a solo exhibition at DESKO Art Gallery by Sarah Maria Scicluna, composed of a series of hand printed silk screen prints exploring various imaginary structures and their occupation of space. These structures all have one common departure; the cube. This form is explored in multiple ways, leading to different expressions of how these imaginary structures can exist, at times becoming something else. The exhibition would be composed of 11 silkscreen prints all be printed on 300gsm Munken paper, and will all be a limited edition of 3. These prints will all be printed by the artist in her own studio.
Applicant: Gabriel Caruana Foundation
Reference Number: PSG-31-20-4511
Project title: Etre
Amount awarded: €6,800
Être is both an inward and outward exploration, based on the concept of a journey as a meeting point of personal point of views. Denise Scicluna, Marco Scerri and Steven Scicluna, based in different countries (England, Scotland and Spain, respectively), create art that deals with states of mind, personal surroundings (cultural, geographical, architectural, natural landscapes), phases in life, personal journeys and discoveries, a mapping of personal histories and futures. By creating multiple angles they address a similar question - how do we use art to navigate life? - the exhibition will reveal an abstract connection that Denise Scicluna, Marco Scerri and Steven Scicluna share as well as distinct personal viewpoints.
Applicant: Kimberly Pepe
Reference Number: PSG-34-20-4514
Project title: KYM
Amount awarded: €4,822
The project will be the debut for KYM. It includes composing, recording, production and mixing of 3 songs, in collaboration with local and international artists. The music genre is electronic and the lyrics will be written in the Maltese language. A music video will be filmed and edited for one of the songs. The project also includes the creation of a logo design, the shooting of promo photography and music distribution through social media platforms.
Applicant: Alexandra Aquilina
Reference Number: PSG-05-20-4485
Project title: Spread the Ink
Amount awarded: €4,297
This project aims to bring screen printing into the Maltese art scene. Screen printing is a popular medium for artists to present their work, however lack of studios and printers in Malta, makes it a daunting option for local artists, leading them to opt for digital reproductions. The project will culminate in a week-long exhibition in Valletta featuring 10 (or more) pieces by Maltese and Malta-based artists (including the applicant), which will be hand-printed by myself in Berlin. The pieces will be available as limited edition prints for sale during the event and afterwards online.
Applicant: Anna Horvath
Reference Number: PSG-10-20-4490
Project title: Sorgi
Amount awarded: €14,443
The proposal intends to find sustainable ways of reusing construction waste and creating outdoor furniture pieces from it, providing seating in public spaces where there is a need for it. An element of each design piece unfolds a hidden narrative that leads the audience to a journey of Maltese architecture. The interventions will invite people to sit in a warm, welcoming way like the Maltese name: ‘Sorġi’ expresses.