The Project Support Scheme is one of Arts Council Malta’s tools to enable individuals, groups, and organisations to plan, develop, be represented in, and deliver on ACM’s strategic goals and ongoing strategy.
Primarily it addresses creative professionals and communities, by:
• Nurturing creative potential and supporting its development by encouraging co-creation, collaboration and experimentation;
• Investing in artistic excellence by encouraging levels of creative risk, experimentation, and active engagement of communities while supporting quality projects as well as identifying talent and encouraging its development;
• Documenting and exploring Malta’s past and present artistic and cultural communities, as well as Malta’s cultural and artistic legacy;
• Promoting and supporting diversity, inclusivity and community development – enabling collaborative arts projects, knowledge development and dissemination of good practice;
• Providing disadvantaged groups with accessibility to a wide range of quality art experiences and art-engagement activities, as well as acting as a platform for young promising talent and intergenerational as well as intercultural dialogue.
The scheme forms part of Arts Council Malta’s funding schemes which aim to invest in the development of quality-driven creative work which pushes the artists’, the sectors’, and communities’ boundaries for more engaging creative experiences. The Project Support Scheme aims to support artists and communities in taking creative risks, to develop new work through experimentation and collaboration.
This scheme gives creatives support throughout the development and implementation phases and covers the time and resources needed for creative professionals and their collaborators to develop projects from their concepts.
Creative professionals/individual artists; Entities registered with the Malta Business Registry (including companies, partnerships, foundations and organisations/associations); Groups, Collectives and Consortia; Registered Cooperatives; Voluntary Organisations enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations.
The deadline to apply is Thursday 6 October 2022 at noon. Late application cannot be accepted.
Applicants are required to register a new profile as from January 2021.
Application Deadline: 25th April 2022
Applicant: Lou Ghirlando
Reference number: PSG41-22-1467
Project Title: Embodying Creative Selves – the rediscovery of health through an eating disorder
Amount awarded: €9,620
Through this project, Lou Ghirlando proposes to develop her practice as a dramatherapist with a specific focus on working with people with eating disorders. She will explore the application of dramatherapy in two frameworks. The first will be a dramatherapy application of the MANTRA treatment of adults with anorexia, and the second will be an improvisation group nurturing spontaneity and creativity amongst adolescents and adults recovering from eating disorders. There will be 3 pilot groups, each offered to a different age group. Through this project, Lou will continue to develop her specialization in this field by engaging in further professional development opportunities as well as sharing her knowledge with other professionals.
Applicant: Angele Galea
Reference number: PSG21-22-1415
Project Title: Vuċijiet Beltin
Amount awarded: €28,600
‘Vuċijiet Beltin’ is the development of a theatre programme for children at Valletta’s Sala San Duminku. This will be done through a collaboration with local artists, the St Dominic Theatre Group, the Valletta Primary School, the Science in the City festival, and the children’s theatre group More or Less Theatre. These live theatrical productions will address the various needs, desires and dreams of Valletta’s children and local communities. This exercise will serve as a vehicle to make their voices heard, hence the title of the project.
Applicant: Patsy Chetcuti
Reference number: PSG18-22-1400
Project Title: Kinetic Waves
Amount awarded: €17,203
‘Kinetic Waves’ is a dance/technology collaborative, multi-sensory dance and installation project based on specific research. The beneficiary will be using motion sensors which are in props; the manipulation of the props, through the carefully designed choreography following the Fibonacci and phi relationships which are often found in the timing of musical compositions, will generate sound and light design by transferring signals to a computer. The choreographer, composer-engineer interaction is one and the same, whereby the music and light will move to the beat of the performer and not vice versa in the conventional way. The end performance will consist of an interactive multi-sensory corporeal engagement imposed by a relation of kinetic immediacy between the dancers and their environment. The audience will be viscerally taken on a journey; lead by the dancers’ manipulation of the objects, the sound and light will be innovatively generated.
Applicant: Edward Mifsud
Reference number: PSG69-22-1499
Project Title: The Band’s Visit
Amount awarded: €20,000
Following two years of restrictions and postponements, long-term colleagues and musicians Dorothy Bezzina and Edward Mifsud are joining forces to produce ‘The Band’s Visit’, winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A portrait of one night in a small Israeli desert town, ‘The Band’s Visit’ is not the typical traditional musical. Based on Eran Kolirin’s 2007 film with the same title, it tells the story of an Egyptian police band that is scheduled to perform in Israel but gets lost due to a miscommunication. With zero razzle-dazzle or glossy Broadway belts, this musical seeks to pursue the specific and humane over the grandiose, shifting gently amongst encounters silly and sad and bittersweet, as this group of lost Arab musicians and their provincial Israeli hosts move tentatively towards each other, from breaking bread to sharing secrets, suffering, and — most profound of all — music.
Applicant: Darren Tanti
Reference number: PSG49-22-1476
Project Title: Inaction is a Weapon of Mass Destruction
Amount awarded: €23,358
This art project is meant to shed light on the mediatic processes utilized to spread information about war and its effects on the viewer. The work reflects the artist’s preoccupation with fabrication, editing and twisting of information that the people outside the conflict zone might be subjected to. The dangers with this are very serious as they might severely impact public opinion on matters of humanitarian aid and military intervention, based on falsities or half-truths. The project is meant to provoke the viewers by several analytic, ironic and at times cynical works based on factual, fictional images and theoretical work. Different experts from the fields of journalism, film, art, education and the military will also contribute to the project in a number of talks and workshops.
Applicant: Gabriel Zammit
Reference number: PSG20-22-1406
Project Title: GROUNDWATERS
Amount awarded: €17,454
The search for raw art, untouched by the destructive effects of culture, led the artist and art-historian Jean Debuffet (and others) to collect, under the heading ‘Art Brut,’ work made by the poor, uneducated, elderly, and physically or mentally disabled. ‘GROUNDWATERS’ will bring together work made by a collection of individuals functioning outside the established art world in the same spirit of exploring independence from ordinary culture, with the crucial difference that, while Debuffet can be accused of fetishising the context of suffering, this project will primarily be concerned with the work’s emancipatory potential. The common theme which will run throughout the work in this exhibition will be that its creation stems from a deeply felt need which is unselfconscious and rooted in raw experience. Whether this need is therapeutic, expressive or communicative, it is certainly not artistic in the conventional sense. What is being looked for in this exhibition is work which lacks the self-awareness of the artist, and is thus free from the limits which guide conventional artistic production and therefore leads straight into the collective groundwaters of our collective subconscious.
Applicant: Dean Saviour Muscat
Reference number: PSG46-22-1474
Project Title: Laughing Heart EP
Amount awarded: €4,472
‘Laughing Heart’ is the debut EP by singer songwriter Dean Muscat. The project includes pre-production, recording, production, mixing and mastering of three songs all written and performed by the artist. Recording and production will take place remotely between the artist’s home in Malta and a London-based producer, using small home studio setups. Additional funds from the project will go towards the creation of promo artwork to accompany the EP, its online promotion and music distribution.
Applicant: Janelle Borg
Reference number: PSG26-22-1437
Project Title: ĠENN Debut Album
Amount awarded: €20,000
The group ĠENN is ready to take the next step in its creative career by investing in the conception and development of its debut full-length album. Having meticulously prepared a release plan, the group members firmly believe that seeing this project through will help them reach wider audiences within the UK and in particular Europe.
Applicant: Decline the Fall
Reference number: PSG73-22-1503
Project Title: Perspectives – Decline the Fall
Amount awarded: €19,107
The project consists of an 18-month plan. The metalcore band intends to kick off with musical creation and recording, and to finish off with promotion on social media, particularly around Europe by means of gigs and concerts.
Applicant: Neo Borg Bonaci
Reference number: PSG60-22-1490
Project Title: The Unconventional Office
Amount awarded: €15,000
‘The Unconventional Office’ is a music platform for local artists to showcase their talents through interviews and performances. Each show will have a different guest artist and will feature a fluid set design with a live audience. The end goal is to help the artists reach their audiences, collaborate and learn from each other. Each artist will be performing in a professional environment, thus also promoting beautiful settings around Malta.