Visual Arts

As a contemporary art space, the 2020|21 programme endured in engaging with innovative art forms which are currently at the centre of the artistic community worldwide. The start of this year’s season began with Proġett XX, a site-specific installation by renowned Maltese artist Pierre Portelli which explored St James Cavalier’s past, present and future which celebrated 20 years of our main base as Malta’s Centre for Creativity. This monumental occasion ushered us into the new programme which hosted an ever-growing selection of quality visual arts projects.

This year, Spazju Kreattiv bolstered its status as a stakeholder within the arts by further broadening the topics tackled within the programme. This also included exploring controversial subjects such as in the case of Dehumaneation, an exhibition by Shaun Grech which was supported by Arts Council Malta which touched upon topics within the spheres of national identity and immigration in Malta. Staying within this vein, {v}, a collective exhibition that Spazju Kreattiv commissioned this year, similarly tackled feminism by celebrating the female form. The exhibition About Order featuring work by the Berlin Artist Group provided common reflections of philosophical topics, artistic materials and different modes of production within a globalised society.

Our main gallery spaces – Space A and C – also became spots through which people could be taken to experience and question humanity; both on a local level and on a global one. Through Faith. an analogue exhibition by renowned Maltese-English photographer Amelia Troubridge, our audiences were taken on a nostalgic journey of Malta from the 1990s to the present day. SURA, by Glen Calleja and Lori Sauer, then looked at humanity through the use of doll making. Nothing Really Matters featuring works by Debbie Caruana Dingli tapped in the emotional traumas and social stigmas of mothers whose children have been convicted of a crime and locked away to serve time.

Even though the ground beneath our feet was shaken by the pandemic, we took this as an opportunity to reach out to local communities through the visual arts programme. A way in which we did this was through Mil-Lenti tal-Poplu: Djarju Kwarantina which featured submissions from all around the island done in collaboration with local TV programme, Illum Ma’ Steph. Having received hundreds of submissions from individuals young and old, this project showed how creativity can truly encourage a community to come together.

The returning MCAST ICA Festival provided an opportunity for emerging creatives to showcase their work at Spazju Kreattiv and whilst doing so have the opportunity to experience working within a professional setup. Throughout Spazju Kreattiv serves as the ideal platform wherein students could have encounters with the industry and exchange innovative ideas.

Through Art Additives which was live streamed online this year, individuals could also engage with the discussions occurring through the art shown within these spaces from the comfort of their own homes. The creation of online galleries and virtual tours also increased the accessibility of the visual arts programme.






artist talks

TitleStart DateEnd Date Venue/sCreative TeamCollaborators
Proġett XX2020-09-11 00:00:002020-11-22 00:00:00Space A & AtriumARTIST: Pierre Portelli
EMM Installation (as part of Circuits)2020-10-08 00:00:002020-11-08 00:00:00Space B
ABOUT ORDER2020-10-15 00:00:002020-12-06 00:00:00Space CARTISTS: Sandra Contreras, Anette Kuhn, Sabine Linse, Mariel Poppe, Héctor Velázquez Guiterréz and María Tello.

CURATOR: Verena Voigt
Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, German-Maltese Circle, Valletta and Frank-Basten-Stiftung, Leipzig.
ŻiguŻajg Festival Info Space2020-11-12 00:00:002020-11-29 00:00:00Sapce B
Marsa Junction Exhibition2020-12-03 00:00:002021-01-24 00:00:00AtriumCOLLABORATORS: Infrastructure Malta
Goldin/Putz – Attitudes2020-12-05 00:00:002021-01-10 00:00:00Space AARTISTS: Hanna Putz; Nan GoldinSupported by the Austrian Embassy to Malta
Faith.2010-12-11 00:00:002021-01-31 00:00:00Space CARTIST: Amelia Troubridge

CURATOR: Daniel Azzopardi
COLLABORATORS: Arts Council Malta; Emma Mattei, Julian Calabrese and Jennie Ricketts
Through the People’s Lens: A Quarantine Diary2021-01-14 00:00:002021-03-07 00:00:00Space BMarketing & Communications Department: Kylie Vella; Luca Azzopardi; Audrey Rose Mizzi; Kristina PolidanoCOLLABORATORS: Illum ma’ Steph (TVM programme)
Dehumaneation2021-01-15 00:00:002021-02-28 00:00:00Space AARTIST: Shaun Grech

CURATOR: Raphael Vella
COLLABORATORS: Paul Portelli, Martin Bonnici
Carnival Costumes Exhibition 2021-02-05 00:00:002021-03-07 00:00:00AtriumFestivals Malta
{v}2021-02-05 00:00:002021-03-21 00:00:00Space CARTISTS: Alexandra Aquilina, Kevin Attard, Isabelle Borg, Gabriel Buttigieg, Kane Cali, Charlene Galea, Christian Muscat, George Muscat, Matthew Pandolfino, Marcel Pommer, Kim Sammut, Suzanna Scott, Ritty Tacsum and Jenna Tilley.

CURATOR: Lisa Gwen
Variable Depths, Shallow Water2021-03-05 00:00:002021-04-11 00:00:00Space A / OnlineARTIST: Izabela Pluta

CURATORS: Nicole Bearman, Francesca Mangion
SURA2021-05-04 00:00:002021-05-23 00:00:00Space C / OnlineCREATIVE TEAM

Glen Calleja, Lori Sauer

Clare Azzopardi, translated by Albert Gatt

Matyou Galea

Giola Cassar, Karl Andrew Micallef, Aaron Bezzina, Jamie Barbara, Stefan Spiteri, Brendon Gauci

Elyse Tonna
Supported by Arts Council Malta
Nothing Really Matters2021-05-04 00:00:002021-05-30 00:00:00Space A / OnlineARTIST: Debbie Caruana Dingli

CURATORS: Giulia Privitelli
Twilight Zone – Between Analogue and Digital Media2021-05-28 00:00:002021-06-20 00:00:00Space CARTISTS
Tomasz Dobiszewski (Poland), Zsolt Gyenes (Hungary), Robert Sochacki (Poland), Matyou Galea (Malta), Matthew Attard (Malta), Eric Souther (USA), Andrew Deutsch(USA), Shusaku Kaji (Japan), not a Number Group (Poland) Zsolt Czako (Hungary)

Alicja Panasiewicz
COLLABORATORS: The Faculty of Art at the Pedagogical University in Kraków
MFA in Digital Arts Exhibition 2021
2021-06-04 00:00:002021-06-27 00:00:00Space AARTISTS
Emma Cini, Mickayla Bugeja, Clayton Saliba, Bernard Polidano, Nicole Pace, Lara Manara, Daphne Sammut, Peter Magro, Nicole Zammit
Prof. Vince Briffa, Dr Trevor Borg, Dr Adnan Hadziselimovic and Dr Matthew Galea

Prof. Vince Briffa
MCAST Institute For The Creative Arts Festival 2021 – Diversify2021-07-02 00:00:002021-07-25 00:00:00Space A, Space B, Space C, Theatre, Atrium, Atrium ApproachMCAST Institute for the Creative ArtsCOLLABORATORS: Arts Council Malta & Spazju Kreattiv
Conditioned Comforts2021-07-30 00:00:002021-09-05 00:00:00Space CARTIST
Emma Fsadni

Margerita Pulé

Gabriel Lia