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Reflection on The Island Indoors

28 Nov

11wIn the last days of the exhibition I would like to leave a short reflection as a curator on collaboration and on the influence of a room on the final result. When Stefan and I started to develop the idea we had that particular space in mind as well as a selection of the current showcased works of art and hoped they would work together and create an interesting atmosphere together.  The storyline we had in our head was vague, but pointing in a certain direction: a showcase of high level Maltese art in a Flemish ‘palazzo’-like setting in a year where Valletta would be one of the Cultural Capitals of Europe.  We were able to convince the director of the space as well as the artists of our idea. What followed was a co-creation process between artists and curators. The title of the exhibition, the final storyline and the adaptation of the works to that context all happend in collaboration.

Very exciting and mesmerising was the moment when it all came together in the beautiful baroque room of  Hof De Bist. All works of art and the room seemed to give each other extra strength and lifted each other up. The total design fell into place and created something new. We wanted to create an experience, and I believe we succeeded but this was only possible thanks to the nice way we all worked together artists, curators and the team of the cultural centre in Ekeren.

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The Island Indoors is a collaboration with 252 CC Cultuurcentrum Ekeren, supported by Arts Council Malta through the Cultural Export Fund and the Local Art Fund Ekeren/Antwerp, endorsed by Valletta 2018 Cultural Capital of Europe.

Participating artists and works: Aaron Bezzina – Position of Opposition, Matthew Attard – Maijalata, Caesar Attard – In Memory of our Luminaries,  Marc Thiron &Stefan Kolgen – Red Diffused and Ryan Falzon – a selection of Quick Fix – A Morality Tale.

Exhibition still on till 30/11 – 14:00 – 17:00 – 252 cc – Hof De Bist – Veltwijcklaan 252 – Ekeren

Reflections on being a higher arts education educator today

17 Nov

51lqjn0vjVL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This week the book The Leader Reader – Narratives of Experience arrived in Malta. It brings together more then 100 essays/reflections of educators around the world. What reads through all narratives if each writer’s passion for teaching. We were asked for a very personal view on our Leadership moment in lecturing/teaching … From that came my reflection on my experience as a lecturer in arts education. The challenges, but also the strengths the arts have in relation to other disciplines in education and in society.

You can find my essay here.

Curious to read other experiences? You can order the book here.

 

Thank you John for introducing me to the editors.

 

Exchange in Time as part The Island Indoors – notes and outcomes

2 Sep

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A 2-day intensive discussion on art and art education on 27-28 August 2018, hosted by the School of Art in Valletta. Exchange between Flanders and Malta as part of the exhibition project ‘The Island Indoors” (supported by Arts Council Malta through the Cultural Export Fund and 252cc, and endorsed by Valletta 2018). Bringing together 2 art teachers and their (ex)-students.

The notes and outcomes can be found here. Some of the topics will be further developed at the Meet and Greet session on the 10th of November in Ekeren … and hopefully also later on in Malta 😉

The Island Indoors

23 May

 

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Pleased to announce that the exhibition project curated by Stefan Kolgen and myself the support of Arts Council Malta through the Cultural Export Fund and got endorsed by Valletta 2018. The project has been developed in partnership with 252 CC (the cultural centre of Ekeren) and evolves in close collaboration with the participating artists: Caesar Attard, Matthew Attard, Aaron Bezzina, Ryan Falzon and Marc Thiron. Theatre wizzard Martin Baarda will help us with the installation of the exhibition in Hof De Bist.

The concept is based on a room in a castle/palazzo. Sunday roast is served. A typical Maltese dish is prepared. At first sight it looks like a normal dining room with images on the wall, a big chandelier and a couple dining. But when you look closer you will notice that nothing is what it seems. The couple at the table is only there in our perception and makes you wonder what they are talking about, while a peculiar soundscape accompanies their discussion.The longer we absorb the scene the more it becomes clear that this is not just a dining room, but an installation that tells a story. The objects present challenge us in our perception and open a critical dialogue with us the viewer. From that new thoughts, ideas might appear. Nothing is as it seems to be …

The exhibition runs from 10 to 30 November. Opening night 9 November. Discussion and meet & greet with the artists, 10 November afternoon (14:30-17:00).

The Island Indoors: in collaboration with 252CC – Cultural Centre Ekeren/Antwerp and Malta School of Art, supported by Arts Council Malta, endorsed by Valletta2018.

Challenging Times

3 Dec

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During the parallel session Challenging Times of the Valletta 2018 conference Living Cities, Liveable Spaces: Placemaking & Identity, Colleagues Pamela Baldacchino and Dr. Benna Chase gave insight of our ongoing research linked with the Deep Shelter Project at the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre. Honoured to be part of this research.

Together with the other presentations during that session, it was an inspiring and rich morning at the conference. Thanks go also to Prof. Franco Bianchini for moderating it so well and to the conference committee for bringing such interesting papers together in this session.

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One year in Malta – A year in pictures

21 Sep

this year has been a roller coaster … up to the next ones. #ACM #Valletta2018 #UoM #MaKS #Friends #Colleagues #Artistisayearinpicturescollage_193

One of the AiR projects: Art in Hospital

6 Aug

 

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From the Valletta 2018 Blog:

Valletta 2018 Meeting Points and Artist in Residence Programme Coordinator Ann Laenen tells us about a recent addition to Valletta 2018’s Cultural Programme, Deep Shelter Project. Read more about this project here…

Benna: I am seeing Deep Shelter Project (DSP) more in terms of a journey. If we are going to allow the works to inform us, we are taking Deep Shelter beyond, to use art and music as ‘containing and holding’ throughout the cancer journey.  The work isn’t something you see once; say before a medical procedure to calm down…I don’t know if it started out that way?

Pam: It started out as a need, maybe more of a personal need. I asked myself, what visuals would soothe me, what visuals would ‘fill’?

Benna: Do you realise that what you have produced is not only soothing, not only filling? The breadth and the depth is much, much greater and this is why we are developing it into something which is not just a container but is…part of this evolution, this journey.

 This is part of a conversation between  the two protagonists of  the research being carried out for Deep Shelter Project (DSP), artist Pamela Baldacchino and Dr. Benna Chase ….  what started as an interdisciplinary art and research project, developed into a qualitative study that analysed the use of audio-visual work within the Psychological Support Services at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre (SAMOC). The first outcomes offered valuable imput for the introduction of  art and design works in the therapy rooms, waiting area and corridors of the clinical support services, as well as, the prayer room in the palliative area.

By immersing the viewer or patient in visuals rich in symbolic language, the work connects them to stories based on simple metaphorical interpretations of illness such as natural world cycles and ideas of journeying. The visual and auditory content aim to sustain the therapeutic dialogue between the healthcare professional and the patient by encouraging meaning formation.

Bringing art within the centre happens at different levels, through artist donations and a further collaboration with MUŻA, Malta’s new national community art museum in 2018, and other partners.

IMG_7064-1400x933Here the project enters a new stage which Valletta 2018 is proud to support over the next years, helping Pamela Baldacchino in close collaboration with the oncology centre, to set up a series of artist workshops that aim to create site specifc artwork  together with a series of sensory workshops for cancer survivors. There is also the possibility of  an artist in residence programme being integrated. The main goals would be to create artwork based on DSP research outcomes and interaction with those involved, namely, Dr. Benna Chase, the Oncology staff and other contributing artists.

The first artist workshops involving Aaron Bezzina, Matthew Attard, Sara Pace and Pamela Baldacchino herself,  will take place at SAMOC over the Summer. Parrallel to this, the series of sensory workshop will also start, the multi-faithroom will take shape and the first works donated by Anna Grima, Damain Ebejjer, Javier Formosa, JP Migneco, Sara Pace, Matt Schembri and the artist herself will be placed in the therapy rooms.

Updates will be posted on the deep shelter blog