The second phase of the ‘Art in Public Spaces’ programme, financed by the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects with the support of Spazju Kreattiv, has just been launched.
A maximum of six projects by six different artists or six different groups of artists will be selected out of the applicants. Each project is eligible for a maximum allocation of €30,000 inclusive of VAT, which covers many of the costs the artists might face during the project.
Transport Minister Ian Borg explained that ‘Art in Public Spaces’ provides a public platform for artists to display their vision while giving them an opportunity to create site-specific works according to the site of their choice; work which creates a reference point for that site and which alters and strengthens the identity of the site and of the locality.
The first phase of the ‘Art in Public Spaces’ programme began in 2016, and resulted in works such as Mario Sammut’s ‘Ras il-Ħuta’ on the Marsascala promenade, Mary Portelli’s public staircase called ‘Reflections and Connections’ in Għajnsielem, and Charles Sammut’s ‘Games from my Childhood’, six metal figures placed in six different sites in Dingli, showcasing traditional Maltese games.
Work is currently underway on two other projects – ‘Dgħajsa tar-Riħ’ by Matthew Pandolfino which will be implemented in Cospicua’s Dock 1, and ‘Ħaġarna’ by Victor Agius which will be placed near Ġgantija in Xagħra, Gozo. Later this year, Adrian Abela’s ‘Misraħ il-Kliem Mistur’ is expected to be implemented in Għar Lapsi, limits of Siġġiewi.
“Spazju Kreattiv's involvement in this initiative stems from our remit to cultivate cultural exchange by being a catalyst for all forms of contemporary expression,” said Rupert Cefai, Fondazzjoni Kreattività’s Chairman.
“In fact, by providing artists with the means to develop and present their work in communities we are also cultivating platforms for encounters and exchanges through the arts for people from all walks of life.”
Those interested in the upcoming phase of the project can attend an informative meeting on Tuesday 19th February at 10.30 am at the Ministry for Gozo in Victoria, Gozo or on Wednesday 20th February at 6 pm at Project House, Beltissebħ in Floriana. The deadline for submissions is Friday 12th April 2019 at 4pm.