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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


image001So  happy that this can develop further over the next years
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





14/12 on a panel about quality and excellence in the arts

4 Dec

12391866_896921913736626_8270257410686512697_nIt has been a pleasure to have been part of the last stages of this exciting process and to be on the panel about artistic excellence on which I talked about measuring the unmeasurable and about the peer assessment exercise with the students of Digital Arts.


two articles in progress

13 Aug

I’m currently working on 2 articles

  • one on What happens when you combine digital storytelling and cultural mapping in a social setting. The paper is based on the project Jefke Tuf – a transmedia project in Winterslag which is coming at an end in September. This is the proposal that has been accepted for the conference mentioned below.

The paper and the project will presented at the Conference on Cultural Mapping: Debating Spaces and Places that will take place in Valletta at the end of October

  • and one in Dutch on interdisciplinair trajectories in higher arts education ( Interdisciplinaire trajecten in het hoger kunstvakonderwijs)

for the next issue of Muziekpedagogiek in Beweging published by the end of this year.

interesting read: best practices on fair use in visual arts

11 Feb

Using, recreating, remixing work from artists in new artistic circumstance has been of all ages. When is it caa-fair-use-coverlabeled as fair use, when is it plagiarism? A question that is very hot at the moment due to the verdict on plagiarism by Luc Tuymans. The College Art Association (CAA) very recently published a booklet on the matter. It is a code of conduct on fair use. Although based on the American legislation, very useful elsewhere. Could be help in reflection and debate on the use of other art works in new artistic contexts. The code and an infographic about possible use of the code is available on CAA’s website.

the governors mansion

9 Feb

doordezeven jonge kunstenaars bekeken de ambtswoning van de Oost-vlaamse gouverneur op een eigen manier.

Zeven jonge kunstenaars, allen recent afgestudeerd aan LUCA School of Arts Gent en KASK/School of Arts Gent, gaan op uitnodiging van gouverneur Jan Briers een dialoog aan met het klassieke interieur en de rijke geschiedenis van zijn ambtswoning aan de Vlasmarkt. Hun ingreep resulteert in een verrassende en bijzondere tentoonstelling waarbij er verschillende lijnen ontstaan, spiegelingen, narratieven en herhalingen, die een ‘loop of delay’ vormen op wat het ­gebeuren in dit huis is of kan zijn.

Het resultaat mag er zijn. Ook een mooie samenwerking tussen KASK en LUCA.

must see: The Divided Body in het kader van Vesalius

2 Nov


Tentoonstelling The Divided Body

LUCA School of Arts en vzw KU[N]ST nodigen u uit op de tentoonstelling The Divided Body. De tentoonstelling kan bezocht worden van 14 november tot  7 december 2014 in de Predikherenkerk in Leuven.

The Divided Body is de eigenzinnige bijdrage van LUCA School of Arts aan het stadsbrede Vesaliusproject. Drieëndertig kunstenaars ontsluiten nieuwe invalshoeken over het lichaam in een tentoonstelling waar gevestigde waarden het talent van morgen ontmoeten.

The Divided Body verhaalt over het oppervlak en snijdt diep tot aan de grens waar leven en dood elkaar raken.

Curator: Wim Lambrecht

Praktische info


14.11 > 7.12.2014


Open: ma, do, vr, za en zo van 14u tot 20u.
Dinsdag en woensdag gesloten.


5 EUR/ 3 EUR
Tickets ter plaatse contant te betalen


3000 Leuven

Meer info : www.luca-arts.be/thedividedbody

hartbovenhard leuven – het statement was …

26 Oct

academisch hoger kunstonderwijs is wel zinvol en nuttig. Jongeren die Kunsten studeren vinden heel divers hun weg in de maatschappij en zo hoort het ook. Hun kritische, creatieve blik op de realiteit houdt ons scherp. 1901328_10152858681501289_4137250443448174508_n

Gentse studenten participeren aan TumultinGent#2

15 Mar

Fijn initiatief!

Op 19 maart 2014 palmen kunstenaars, fotografen, designers, grafisch ontwerpers, muzikanten, poëten, acteurs en theatermakers de Gentse binnenstad in van 16u tot 22u.

Ook op de campussen van LUCA zullen er werken te zien.
TUMULTINGENT #2: Wees er klaar voor!