Join us on Wednesday 12th October at 18:30 at Valletta Contemporary for our next ACMlab session which will bring together artists from different sectors to discuss their work and career development, as well as their plans for the future.
Anna Calleja (b.1997) is a Maltese artist working in paint, print, and sculpture. Calleja has exhibited in Malta and abroad, at Spazju Kreattiv in Malta and at Tate St. Ives, Porthmeor Studios, and at the Mall Galleries in London. In 2020, her painting, Alone in Quarantine was awarded a Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition. In 2022, Calleja was awarded the Premju Ghal-Arti for Best Young Artist of the Year by Arts Council Malta.
Calleja's work retires to the comfort and melancholy of home, using the process of painting to create quiet moments of introspection. She looks back on her own notions of comfort to confront an anxious present and grapple with an uncertain future. Calleja's interest lies in dualities; the tension and dissonance between comfort and melancholy, isolation and connection, love and pain.
Photo by Lucia Calleja
5 Years in a row ranking in the DJ MAG top 100 DJs of the World, Tenishia holds his own as the most successful DJ/Producer in Malta, selling arena shows and appearing everywhere from TV to mobile phone adverts.
Top 25 Maltese Icon (Times of Malta - Sunday Circle), IDMA (International Dance Music Awards) Awards nominee and winner of several awards at the Malta Music Awards, Joven has travelled the World with his music performing at the most renowned clubs and festivals such as Tomorrowland, the Ministry of Sound in London and Privilege Ibiza.
With an eye for innovativity and new adventures Tenishia became the most requested DJ in China in 2017 , performed with the Malta National Orchestra and also created his live streaming brand of events called 'Chasing Sunsets' reaching millions around the planet through social media.
Klara Vassallo (2003) is a student of Maltese (Hons.) at the University of Malta. She is a dancer and creator and writes poetry in Maltese, sometimes experimenting with bilingual poetry. In 2020, klara won the National Poetry Prize organised by the National Book Council. Presently, she is working on her writing, testing the thematic and stylistic confinements and exploring all the ways she can create art out of herself.
Ray Sciberras manages Golden Island Ltd, which is involved in operating a number of apiaries around Malta for the production of quality Maltese honey and other beehive products. Ray started off his career as an industrial chemist, involved in the coating industry within the superyacht sector. His passion for beekeeping started off as a hobby. He turned professional in 2007 and currently takes care of some 150 hives. He is involved in making various products from honey and beehive products such as infused honeys, beeswax, pollen, propolis and royal jelly, together withcosmetics and beeswax candles. The company is also involved in making various traditional Maltese conserves and preserves from carob and local produce. Ray is also involved in the development of a medical device based on honey used for wound treatment.
Chiara wears many hats within the theatre community; director, actress, producer and playwright. She is commonly known for the various pantomime characters she plays but most recently was one of the three Buffi in the Maltese musical It-Teatru Tal-Miskin. Her recent directing credits include Sunrise (FM Theatre), Class (FM Theatre) and US/THEM (The Shrinking Violets). She was also one of the three playwrights for Her Say, a trio of monologues staged at Spazju Kreattiv. Chiara is part of the Shrinking Violets collective and is a full time drama teacher.
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