Published on Thursday 14 June 2018

Artivisti came about through a shared vision embraced by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and Arts Council Malta for the widening of participation of young people in cultural life

Artivisti is an opportunity for young emerging artists to nurture potential, creativity, talent, initiative and social responsibility, therefore limiting the likelihood that young creatives will delay their professional development and be discouraged from participating in creative endeavours and opportunities for creative growth.

Other than the mentoring programme with creative professionals, the young Artivisti are offered an interdisciplinary residency programme designed to maximise cultural immersion and creative development. The residency has the aim of facilitating productive interaction between creatives. Through the initiatives of the interdisciplinary residency, the Artivisti are encouraged to draw on networking experiences, engage in creative collaborations and cross-pollination of ideas, engage with different communities and the wider public.

The interdisciplinary residency, facilitated by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, is a profile of a number of initiatives including peer sessions, behind-the-scenes touring, a meet-the-artist series, and a residential experience. While most of the mentioned initiatives are ongoing, the Artivisti residential took place between 18 and 20 May 2018 at Villa Psaigon, Dingli.

The programme included a workshop on the theme ‘Art as Politics’ by Gabi Calleja and Nadine Noko, a session by Annalisa Schembri focusing on developing a pitch to describe one's own work, and a meeting with Il-Premju ghall-Arti 2017 Artist of the Year Diane Portelli from Moveo Dance Company. The young Artivisti also had the opportunity to discuss with policymakers Miriam Teuma, CEO Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, and Elaine Falzon, Head of Funds & Brokerage at Arts Council Malta.

You may find further information about the programme in the guidelines. You can also watch a video portraying the chosen Artivisti.