The Blitz in-house residency apartment is free for selected residents and includes utilities, wifi and use of equipment and communal spaces. No grants are currently available, however they can contribute towards travel costs and residency output (Travel – € 300 & Production – € 1500 ). Selected candidates are issued a letter of acceptance for individual grant-seeking and funding applications. Blitz produces a printed publication for each residency.
The resident will be responsible for their own day to day living expenses. Support with materials and equipment will entirely depend on budgets and discussion with the artist.
The programme is open to international artists, architects, curators, writers and researchers, and cultural managers. Applications are only accepted during the open call period. Please check all of the guidelines in this document before submitting your application.
Only electronic applications are accepted. Please use Adobe Acrobat to type into the PDF form fields, or else print, complete by hand and then scan. All submissions and required supporting material should be sent to [email protected] as either a direct email attachment, or shared with [email protected] via Dropbox or Google Drive. Attachments must not exceed 10MB.
To apply for a Blitz residency please fill in the application form and send it together with your CV and a portfolio of no more than 10 works. Selection is not based solely on applicants’ academic or professional background but the selection panel will give particular attention to strength of project proposal and integration with local audience and community. Shortlisted applicants will be selected for Skype interviews with the selection panel. All applicants are expected to be fluent in English.
Blitz is an independent, not-for-profit, project space which supports experimental and radical contemporary arts practice in all its forms. Blitz projects focus on fostering local creative talent, as well as building a relationship between a Maltese artistic context and an international cultural network through border-crossing curatorial and artistic exchanges. Blitz is a curated space offering a programme with a focus on contemporary existence, its constant state of flux, and the ubiquitous presence of digital culture. Their mission is to work closely with artists, curators, writers and researchers who are articulating these trends through cross-media and trans-disciplinary practice, to present a programme that is educational, immersive and inclusive.
Blitz is supported by Arts Council Malta through a Cultural Partnership Agreement. The Blitz Residency Programme is supported by the Valletta 2018 Foundation.
The open call is for proposals from highly motivated individuals from all artistic disciplines, including (but not limited to) film, photography, performance, painting, sound, architecture, electronic music, installation and digital platforms, etc.
Successful applicants will become Blitz residents and be given a space to work, experiment and research their project, culminating in a final production for presentation to the public, which can take the form of an exhibition, performance, publication, screening, series of talks, or workshops, etc. Each resident has access to the Blitz curator to work with throughout their stay in support of their research and the realisation of their final presentation. The curator will be in discussion with the resident prior to and during their visit to Valletta about their work and intentions. The curator’s role will be to guide, discuss and work with the resident towards an idea or concept that is agreed upon by both parties.
Local engagement is crucial to the programme, taking the form of open studio days, workshops and talks for a local community of artists, researchers, educators, professionals and students. The residency aims to create a dialogue with the social, material, aesthetic and architectural infrastructure of the city and beyond, including the island’s natural environment.
The residency space is a self-contained live/work space with good natural and artificial light. It encompasses a small kitchen equipped with cooking facilities, a private bathroom, bed space and storage area. Access to common areas and facilities within the building include courtyard, large communal kitchen, washing machine and wifi.
One artist or an artist duo can hosted at a one time - no groups, no partners or families.
Selected residents will be given a dedicated live/work space within the Blitz building, while also having access to facilities and public areas of the building. The Blitz building is a 400-year-old Valletta townhouse, lovingly restored to its former glory. Large blank walls and beautiful pattern-tiled floors can be found in every room on each of its three floors. The building is home to Blitz, a contemporary art space consisting of a ground floor project space, 1st floor studios (which includes the residency and a large shared studio space) and 2nd floor galleries.
Each resident has access to Blitz staff, associates and friends, who will offer guidance and support, and introduce the resident to the local scene and the Blitz network. Their aim is to foster and encourage collaborations which are sustainable beyond the framework of the residency.
Some basic tools can be borrowed from the gallery, however visiting artists are responsible for providing their own tools and materials. Residents have access to Blitz staff, and administration equipment. Staff can also assist with sourcing additional equipment that is required.
Valletta is the capital city of Malta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Blitz residency programme provides the opportunity to live and work in Valletta and to develop individual projects while experiencing and engaging with city’s rich cultural heritage. Blitz is a unique space in the heart of the city that will be European Capital of Culture in 2018.
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