Nominations for the Premju għall-Arti 2023 are now open. The awards reward excellent, innovative, and outstanding work premiered throughout last year’s season and to champion the advancement of the status of the artists and cultural and creative practitioners, in line with Arts Council Malta’s (ACM) first guiding principle as stipulated in its Strategy2025.
Categories for Premju għall-Arti 2023
There are 14 competitive categories and three non-competitive awards:
6-9 Production of the year – This includes 5 separate categories to cover theatre, dance, visual arts, multidisciplinary and music. These awards recognises the most outstanding artistic production within the specific discipline, presented in terms of the quality of the work, its impact on the arts sector both nationally and, if relevant, internationally as well as the overall critical acclaim.
11. Best creative and innovative enterprise - This award seeks to recognise the creative and innovative enterprise that achieved outstanding performance in a number of areas such as sustainability, economic growth, job creation, collaboration with enterprises in other sectors, access to new national and international markets, diversification of its creative output and development of an innovative creative product or service. The award acknowledges projects which, through the use of innovative concepts and practice, have pushed artistic boundaries and contributed to the advancement of the arts. Projects can include artistic projects, performances, concerts, exhibitions, films, interdisciplinary artistic work, and audio-visual work.
12. Young artist award - The young artist award acknowledges the most outstanding young practitioner whose artistic formation, achievement and commitment have distinguished them. This category may consider individuals or a group. In the latter case, the majority of artists must be aged between 13 and 30.
13. Artist award - This award recognises the most outstanding artist based on the quality of the work in terms of presentation and execution, impact on the arts sector and overall critical acclaim. The award acknowledges the artist that has pushed artistic boundaries and contributed to the advancement of the arts in the Maltese islands across any art form. Public entities are not eligible.
Nominations are also being received for the following non-competitive awards:
The public is invited to nominate who they believe is the most deserving artist in terms of the award criteria below. Once nominated, nominees will be evaluated by the adjudication board. The board reserves the right to nominate a winner in the case where none of the nominees fit the nomination criteria.
The Nomination Process
Projects and productions that premiered or launched in the Maltese islands or internationally between 1st October 2021 and 31st of August 2023 are eligible for nomination. Applicants for the Best artistic programme or season 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 must be Public Cultural Organisations. For all other competitive categories, applications can be put forward by an individual, entities, cultural NGOs, companies and/or collectives.
Nominations for the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 season are accepted until the 22nd of September 2023(noon), while those for the 2023/2024 and 2024/2025 season will be accepted throughout the year, during or after their production.
Nominations received for the Best Work for Young Audiences, Best Project in the Community, Best International Achievement, and Best Creative and Innovative Enterprise will be shortlisted by an adjudication board and then move on to public voting via www.premju.mt. Nominations for the honours’ categories will be evaluated by an internal board.
Eligible submissions will be assessed by a board of jurors composed of external evaluators and Arts Council Malta representatives. The jurors will be selected on the basis of their professional experience related to the categories and specific art forms, and they may be assigned to adjudicate on more than one category. Assessments will be carried out anonymously. In the case of the three honours, the jurors will be Arts Council Malta representatives.
Shortlisted Applicants & Awards Night
The highest five ranking submissions in each competitive category will be announced online. Nominations for the Honours categories will be announced directly during the awards’ ceremony.
The nomination with the highest mark in every category will be announced as the winner during the Awards Night, with winners being presented with a prestigious Arts Council Malta trophy created by artist Kane Calì.
For more information regarding the nomination process and/or the Awards send an e-mail to email@example.com.