Would you like to take your art project abroad? Or participate in an international artists residency or an international fair or festival?
Would you like to know how other Maltese artists managed to take their works abroad during the pandemic?
Would you like to know more about the International Cultural Exchanges Scheme managed by Arts Council Malta?
If yes, then join us for the ACMlab focusing on International Cultural Exchanges happening at the Valletta Design Cluster on Wednesday 2 March at 18:30. Register here.
Dr Romina Delia - Internationalisation Executive
Romina will be one of the speakers of this ACMlab. She has been working at Arts Council Malta since 2015 and has managed Malta’s participation in several international cultural events. She is the focal point of various international networks such as EUNIC and IETM. Her role is to facilitate the international development of the cultural and creative sectors to sustain both the sector’s growth as well as its contribution to Malta’s international relations. She is highly passionate about cultural exchanges, international collaborations and the promotion of unity in diversity through intercultural dialogue.
Anna Horváth - narrative Designer and Architect
Anna Horváth is a narrative designer and architect who works in various disciplines of visual arts, also taking into account exhibition, installation, and furniture design. As she was always passionate about storytelling, she graduated with an MA in Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London and has participated in numerous design and architecture projects from small to large scale structures in London, Berlin, Lisbon, Budapest, and Malta.
Her portfolio includes projects like the permanent exhibition at the prestigious Jewish Museum in Berlin, a pop-up store for Hermes Petit h collection in Lisbon, school furniture for a favela in Rio de Janeiro, or her first furniture collection that has been launched during the Paris Design Week. Anna forms part of different design teams and multidisciplinary collaborations. She is currently creating her playful design brand: AHA Objects, which is a world of colours, textures, and narratives. Her designs aim to be more than purely functional objects - often there is a hidden social, cultural, environmental, or political commentary embedded within each design piece.
She is representing Malta for Eco Solidarity at the WantedDesign Manhattan and ICFF online Trade Show - CLOSEUP 2021, and at the WantedDesign exhibition with her second collection: SORĠI. SORĠI is an outdoor furniture collection for Malta's public spaces made from construction waste to highlight the importance of our architectural heritage in Malta.
Gordon Calleja - Associate Professor
Gordon Calleja is Associate Professor of Game Studies at the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta. He is author of In-Game:From Immersion to Incorporation and Unboxed: Board Game Experience and Design both by MIT Press (USA). Gordon is a game designer at Mighty Boards, a board game design studio based in Malta. Gordon has published Will Love Tear Us Apart, a game adaptation of Joy Division’s track that was nominated for several international awards. He has also designed and published several board games: Posthuman, Vengeance, Posthuman Saga, Vengeance: Roll and Fight and Excavation Earth.
THE NEW VICTORIANS
2011 saw the conception of Maltese sister-duo The New Victorians, following their success at the Alchemy Songwriting Competition in the U.S. In 2015, they launched their debut album Seeker Seeker, with singles like Keep Me In Love, and then in 2018 released Silence, the EP with-which they opened for multi-platinum artist Anastacia, on her European Tour – Evolution, and for the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2019. Most recently the duo released their latest EP If I Had To Tell You The Truth, a bilingual body of work featuring hit single Min Jaf, which topped local airplay charts for multiple consecutive weeks.
The sisters also have a keen interest in the dramaturgical potential of live sound-manipulation and original electronic music in theatre. In 2018 their theatrical debut MARA played to sold out houses as part of the Valletta European Capital of Culture, and at the National Theatre of Scotland’s Exchange Festival in Inverness, before heading to the Vault Festival in Waterloo in 2019. Following its London run, MARA made its Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut at the Pleasance in August 2019. The duo were also commissioned two electronic music theatre pieces in 2018; Rave & Behave, a children’s show for Ziguzajg International Arts Festival, and VII (Sette), a Teatru Malta commission, which sold out its run at Fort St. Elmo in June 2019. In November that year, the duo Composed, Directed and Performed in TINGO: The Tuneless Bird, an original promenade piece featuring large-scale puppets that toured around Malta and Gozo.
Most recently the sisters performed and produced a Christmas Chapel Hop; a Sold-Out tour of performances in different Chapels around Malta, throughout the Festive Season.
The New Victorians were awarded Artist of The Year by the Arts Council Malta in April 2019.
Luke Azzopardi (b.1992) is a couturier and multidisciplinary artist from Victoria, Gozo. After studying at Central Saint Martins (UAL) and the University of Malta (UM), Luke Azzopardi launched his eponymous brand. The Luke Azzopardi studio focuses on the idea of timeless elegance stemming from Luke’s academic background in costume history.
The creative director was awarded the prestigious ‘Premio Cultura e Moda 2016’ by L’Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the ‘Fashion Designer of the Year 2018’ award by LovinMalta, and has most recently been shortlisted for the award of ‘Artist of the Year 2018/19’ by Arts Council Malta.
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