Working conditions of other sectors are spoken about widely but what about the working conditions of the culture and creative sectors?

Join us for the next ACMlab session which aims to explore and discuss the working conditions of artists and culture practitioners, whereby we’ll be touching on the subjects of intellectual property, entrepreneurship, artistic freedom and more.


Jeanine Rizzo

Jeanine Rizzo is a lawyer graduated from the University of Malta who has furthered her legal studies in the specialised fields of intellectual property law and art & antiquity law at Masters level at University College London. While in London she was a research assistant to the late Professor Norman Palmer, carrying out research on the law of bailment and on art law. Upon her return to Malta, she built a practice in intellectual property law and art law at Fenech & Fenech Advocates for 11 years. She has now ventured forward with her own consultancy, RIZZO. Jeanine specialises in Copyright (both new and old media), trade marks, patents, design rights, entertainment law, music law and film law. Her experience has taken her into the depth of the creative industries with tailored legal expertise to all matters concerning the industry.

She is also a lecturer and examiner at the University of Malta and at MCAST, is frequently published writing about the subject, is the General Secretary of the Malta Entertainment Industry and Arts Association (MEIA) and is a former member of the Chamber of Commerce RTDI Committee.


Clare Ghigo

Clare Ghigo is a theatrically and musically versatile mezzo soprano. Her operatic roles include Cherubino in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Annio in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, Madrigale in Puccini’s  Manon, Hänsel in Humperdinck‘s Hansel and Gretel, the Third Lady in Mozart’s Zauberflöte, the old Gypsy Woman in Rachmaninov’s Aleko, Speranza , Proserpina in Monteverdi's l’Orfeo, Carmen in Bizet's Carmen, Angelina in Rossini's la Cenerentola, Maria in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, and Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Clare also performed contemporary works such as works by Schoenberg, Morten Feldman, Luciano Berio, Reuben Pace, Karl Fiorini, Euchar Gravina, and Veronique Vella. In  the 2021 Malta International Spring Orchestra Festival, Clare will perform the role of the Trommler in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser  von Atlantis.

Apart from operas Clare performed a number of recitals internationally in cities such as San Francisco (United States), London, Cardiff, Edinburgh (United Kingdom) , Paris, Dijon (France) Karlsruhe, Berlin, Frankfurt (Germany), Pesaro, Lanciano (Italy), Yerevan (Armenia) Bethlehem (Israel), and La Mancha (Spain), and Luxembourg.

Due to the ongoing events, Clare’s recent performances include video productions such as an adaptation of Beethoven’s Fidelio/ Leonora  with The Strada Stretta Concept, Trouser Girl a superhero film with the Teatru Manoel Toi Toi project for Ziguzajg , chorus in Ravel L’enfant et les sortileges with Virtual Opera.   

Together with the visual artist Joseph Calleja, she created the Stabat Metric project. Clare participated in various operatic competitions, she won the Malta International Singing Competition, was a semifinalist of the Alfredo Kraus Vocal Competition, a finalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere competition, and a Semi finalist in the London Handel Competition 2016.

Clare performed for acclaimed singers such as Joseph Calleja, Bryn Terfel, Anna Tomova Sintova, Nelly Miriciu, Monserrat Caballe, Daniela Dessi, Richard Bonynge, Luciana Serra, Jennifer Larmore , Anna Bonitatibus and worked with various ensembles, such as the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, Guildhall Consort, Karlsruhe duo, Rossini Ensemble, the Ensemble Télémaque, La Mancha Philharmonic, Re: Orchestra, and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Clare forms part of the English National Opera chorus, is an ENOA (Aix en Provence) and a Solti Accademia Del Bel Canto scholar.


Kristina Borg

Kristina Borg is a socially engaged artist and art educator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of Malta and a Master’s degree in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan. In her transdisciplinary research-practice she spends time integrating into communities and devotes her attention to relationships between people. In dialogue with the community and the place, her work focuses on the co-creation of projects that are situation and context-specific, and involves alternative, experiential processes that relate to socio-political and economic issues in urban-collective spaces. 

In 2014 she placed first in the 3rd edition of Divergent Thinkers-Malta and in 2020 her collaborative project ‘Nimxu Mixja’ was awarded Arts Council Malta's Art Award as Best Project in the Community. She is also a fellow of the Salzburg Global Forum for Cultural Innovators and a member of the international Community Economies Research Network. 

Please credit: Elisa von Brockdorff. 

The session will be held on Tuesday 10th May at 18:30 at Theatre Next Door, Triq Il-Kappella ta' Santa Marija, Maghtab, NXR 6511. Book your place here