“Through this collaboration, we seek to inspire and support the best young talent across the arts, and to provide Malta’s budding artists with the necessary training, mentoring and networking opportunities to further develop their creative potential. This all forms part of our strategy to prioritise professionalisation in the field of culture and the arts, through education and fostering of talent,” said Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici. The young artists selected for this year’s edition of Artivisti are Rachelle Deguara (REA), Sheldon Saliba, Emma Fsadni, Lorraine Galea, Natalie De Gabriele Ferrante and Gabriel Lia. They will be awarded a package of benefits and opportunities for an entire year. This includes a grant of €4,000 for their creative projects, the services of a professional mentor to support them in their artistic career participation in an artist-in-residency, and networking opportunities with other ‘Artivisti’.
On the other hand, the Young Artist Development programme beneficiaries will receive a grant of €2,000 for their professional development together with an artist-in-residency programme, group mentoring and continuous support from both entities. The young artists chosen are Cristina Magrin, Destiny Casa, Fabio Mercieca, Illaria Farrugia Pace, Luke Bugeja Gauci, Mark Ciantar and Ella Bonello Ghio.
Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sports and Voluntary Organisations Clifton Grima welcomed the collaboration between the two public entities. “Artivisti will provide a space for young people to challenge peers and communicate the significance of their creative expression to the wider community. Year after year, these Artivisti will create a legacy of creative works from the younger generations”. Parliamentary Secretary Grima said that by strengthening their artistic talents, this initiative ensures that young people are given more opportunities to pursue their talents. The selected artists will also become members of the Artivisti alumni community to support other upcoming artists in the forthcoming editions of the programme.
The Young Artist Development Programme and Artivisti, which are part of Arts Council Malta’s community exchange portfolio are open to creatives between 14 and 17 and 18 and 24 years of age respectively. These bridge together the implementation of the National Youth Policy and the Council’s Create2020 Strategy, with a special focus on providing more opportunities for people to engage in creativity. Artivisti accompanies other empowerment outfits from Aġenzija Żgħażagħ itself, such as Taħżiż, Divergent Thinkers, and music training for young marching band players, platforms that the Agency has been offering for the past few years in order to give young people further opportunities in the arts.
Besides the job of identifying and giving recognition to foremost young talent, Artivisti invests in nurturing and transformation through knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and creative exchange, as well as enhancing the contribution of arts practitioners and organisations towards the development of promising talent and facilitation of collaborative art projects. More information on the Artivisti and Young Artist development programme may be found here.
Press release by the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations.