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At the crossroads of cultures and people. The Valletta 2018 Artist in Residence programme

16 Jun

Interartive an online platform for contemporary art and thought dedicated its latest issues to the cultural scene of  Malta.  I’m now working on the Valletta 2018 residencies for about one year and a half now, so this seemed an excellent opportunity to write about it.  It is work in progress of course, but is an exciting and rich experience.

The article focusses on past residence of the Gozo programme, which Valletta 2018 Foundation together with Spazju Kreattiv. As you can read the ongoing programme of Gozo residencies already resulted in surprising encounters.

But a part from the Gozo residencies we were also able to set up residencies in unexpected places such as the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre and in the new Interactive Science Centre. The first run by Pamela Baldacchino (Deep Shelter) started mid-2016, and connects art with healing and has evolved a lot. The video’s made by Tim Lewis give an impression of what is developed at SAMOC. The second one, Esplora AiR, brings arts and science together and will start in 2018.

Furthermore scholars/creative/activists/designers in residence are connected to the Design4DCity project, where the common and the liveability a city or space are central.

Each of which thrives on collaboration both on an international and national level, thus when Valletta 2018 comes to an end, the relations build in the years towards the cultural capital year will hopefully lead into a sustainable result afterwards, and has added a strong dimension to a creative and dynamic place of encounters in the Mediterranean.

Enjoy also reading the other articles in the issue and have a look at the online exhibition by Deema Shahin 

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