AiR Programme Valletta 2018 and Gozo

AiR Programme Valletta 2018 and Gozo

Fondazzjoni Kreattività and Valletta 2018 are collaborating on an Artist-in-Residence (AiR) programme based in Gozo. Gozo (known as Għawdex, pronounced aw-desh in Maltese) is a rural island, and with a population of 37,000, is the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago.

The AiR Programme aims to enrich cultural diversity within the national creative scene, and encourage productive interaction between international creatives and local creatives; between international creatives and communities, as well as physical and virtual environments. These residencies are based in the context of a growing cultural scene in Malta in the run-up to Valletta’s European Capital of Culture title. The residency itself is based in the rural island of Gozo, sister island of Malta, surrounded by a close community. The residencies are based on the concept of cultural immersion within the island; with its landscapes, seascapes and soundscapes, and the contemporary exploration of cultural diversity that exists there. Links with Malta and Valletta are possible, however the artist-in-resident should seek to collaborate as much as possible with local communities.

Residencies are for the duration of two to three weeks for residencies and projects taking place between August 2017 and December 2018. AiR applications will be considered in relation to the overarching strategic visions of Spazju Kreattiv and Valletta 2018, however priority will be given to those applicants who:

  • work directly and actively with local communities and cultures;
  • are willing to interact productively with local creatives;
  • work within a context that relates directly to the Spazju Kreattiv programme and/or the programme of Valletta 2018 (see vision and themes on their website);
  • are based in the Mediterranean Region, particularly North Africa and the Arab Region;
  • work in creative forms that are currently emerging or underrepresented in Malta and Gozo;
  • link directly with Fondazzjoni Kreattività’s annual ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People

The application is done online with deadline 31st March 2017. The Residency programme offers an accommodation and daily subsistence. Airport transfers in Malta will be provided, as will transport to/from the Gozo residence on arrival/departure. However visiting artists will be expected to cover their own insurance costs while travelling and during their stay in the Maltese Islands.