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Malta Enterprise Public Artists’ Call

Entry Deadline: Extended until the 14th October, 2021

Malta Enterprise as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (hereinafter referred to as ‘CSR’) efforts, is inviting visual artists to submit up to 6 artworks in all visual art media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, etching, illustration, photography, textile, mixed media, digital, sculpture and ceramics, to participate in an upcoming exhibition:

 

The Pandemic - Survival, Art & New Action

 

Artistic vision

Responsibility to encourage human adaptation in this time of global crisis is at the core of ME’s CSR strategy. This, in the belief that good support networks encourage human development leading to economic growth and increased sustainability.

Collectively, we have been placed in unprecedented chaos that has shaken our false sense of security and belief that there is a routine to life based on a sense of constancy. Levels of anxiety and unease shot up as many faced social isolation, loss of physical contact and a consequent decline in health and mental wellbeing.

The pandemic has led to a series of losses, from our sense of safety to our financial security. Coupled with the heightened economic uncertainty and the global environmental challenges around us, the notion of SURVIVAL gained a whole new level of meaning.

In times like this we need artists not only to engage artistically in processing perceptions of life through these shifting times, but we also need them to present their visions, new ones. The power of thought to generate possible solutions when facing emerging challenges requires action. Moreover, research complements artistic creativity and in turn forms NEW ACTION.

Scope

The scope of this call is twofold. By bringing together artists who explore/d the concepts of Survival and New Action as part of their ART during the Pandemic, it aims to offer an exhibitive platform in the foyer at Malta Enterprise, the country’s economic development agency. Malta Enterprise interacts with the main economic negotiators and investors in the country, offering an ideal space where artists can engage with a new audience. This makes Malta Enterprise an ideal agent to enable professional, young and emerging artists. 

ME takes great pride and a sense of responsibility in its CSR. As the leading economic development agency we are highly committed to initiate and support events that can truly make a difference to the community. We want to contribute to improve the wellbeing of people in our society. Art makes a difference in how we live our lives and allows us to communicate, generating positivity, appreciation and hope during Covid-19.

In addition, while promoting the Arts, Malta Enterprise will also be supporting University Research in collaboration with the Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT) of the University of Malta. The RIDT is financing research projects in all areas of study including PhD scholarships in medical research such as cancer, ALS and also other non-medical areas, such as climate change and art conservation. University researchers are steadily developing new ideas that drive technology, enhance public policies, and nurture a healthier and happier community, in order to improve our quality of life.

Selection Process

Selection of works will be carried out by a panel of judges consisting of Ms. Pamela Baldacchino (Lead Curator & Artist) together with Ms. Lisa Gwen (Curator), Ms. Therese Debono (Photographer) and Ms. Anna Grima (Artist).

In view of our physical space limitations, a maximum of 16 artists will be selected to physically exhibit their works at ME’s foyer (1 – 17 December 2021).

Another 16 artists will be selected for inclusion on the Corporation’s CSR online platform, which ME will be launching on the occasion of this exhibition.

All works will be featured online, including the physical works, and will remain available for viewing until April 2022.

 

Timeframes

 

Interested applicants are requested to apply through the online call by 14th October, 2021. Link to the application form is available below. Applications not submitted online will not be processed.

 

Entry criteria / Requirements:

Entering this exhibition indicates understanding and agreement on the part of the artist with the conditions stated hereunder:

a) All entries must be original and completed solely by the artist;

b) Up to 6 original works created within the past 18 months may be entered;

c) Maximum size of work, including edges of artwork or frame, cannot exceed 140 cms in any direction. Applicants may be asked to assist with the installation of sizeable work (greater than 100 cms);

d) Applicant is responsible for transport of relative artworks;

e) Work must meet delivery and guidelines given here to be included in the event. ME may determine work ineligible if entry guidelines are not followed;

f) Images of accepted works may be used at the sole discretion of ME for promotional purposes which may include, but not limited to, the invitation, catalogue, website and social media. Images will include attribution wherever possible.

g) Participation in any promotional material such as interviews and filming for purposes related to exhibition exposure;

h) Hanging of artworks to be exhibited will be carried out, under normal circumstances, four or five days prior to the inauguration, unless more time is required;

i) Work must be for sale. All artwork may be sold during the exhibition and will be available for sale online, for a period of 4 months.

j) No commission will be charged on sale of art, 35% of proceeds from sales value of each work shall go towards the CSR initiative;

k) Work cannot be withdrawn before the end of the event;

l) In exceptional circumstances ME reserves, the right to postpone, shorten or cancel exhibition dates;

m) Selected artists will enter into an agreement with ME to formalise their participation and sign a personal data protection form in line with GDPR rules and regulations, including provision of the name of artist, title of artwork and price to the Corporation’s Insurance Agency, for the purpose of insuring the artwork exhibited.

n) The contact details of selected artists may be forwarded to any publishing or media house for possible filmed interviews on their respective participation.

TIMELINE

Call launch

21 September, 2021

Call closing

14 October, 2021

Exhibition Panel Decision deadline

30 October, 2021

Delivery Date of Works

15 – 22 November, 2021

Opening of Exhibition

1 – 17 December, 2021

Application

The deadline for applications is 14 October, 2021. The panel will notify the selection results to artists by e-mail. Late applications will not be considered.

Click here to access application form: https://csr.maltaenterprise.com/

Assistance

For any queries kindly send us an email on [email protected]