Call for Artists: 2024

Visual Arts
Organization Malta Biennale (MUŻA, the National Community Art Museum, on behalf of Heritage Malta and Arts Council Malta)
Deadline August 25, 2024

This call is intended for both local and international artists wishing to present projects in accordance with the theme of this year’s Biennale: white sea olive groves – an imagining of an array of whites from ancient and contemporary times, shaped into a vast cradle within which civilisation relishes myriads of cultures, art, and diversity: a visual festa inspired by a process of formulating new narratives for the region.

Narratives that confront the horrendous stink of death by drowning; narratives that can defeat discourse fuelling fundamentalism and nationalism – a choral ‘hymn to the universe’, celebrating peace and harmony, defying war(s) with olive branches in hand, gleaned from the evergreen olive groves of the Mediterranean, blending with the sparkling whiteness of the seas that surround them: a provocative artistic initiative inviting a rethink of global mindsets about art and society, emanating from the deep south of the European continent.

General Submission Information

Artists can apply from any stage of their career (emerging or established) and from any nation.
Artists can apply with one or more artworks.
Submitted artworks can be site-specific or from any year of an artist’s career.
Accepted artistic media include all forms of visual art: installation, paintings, sculptures, photography and video art.
Throughout the opening ceremony and beyond, the artist has the opportunity to showcase performance artworks. The presence of these artworks will continue throughout the biennale by exhibiting video documentation that is associated with the work at one of the primary locations. It is important to note that this contribution will still be taken into account within the budget of the €13,000 grant.
Visual arts are at the heart of the, although we are also interested in interdisciplinary projects.
Collaborative works are welcome and eligible for submission. When submitting the work, please ensure to include the names of all participating artists in the designated artist name field (for example, artist name & artist name &…). If you have a collaborative group name, kindly provide it in the bio. In this case the grant will be given to the group (max €13,000)