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Features 06 Exclusive Interviews Interview with Mr Adrian Grima

08 Events Upcoming art & cultural events

10 Museums

The Tempra Contemporary Art Museum

12 ART - From the artist’s portfolio

Blue Room by Fabio Borg

14 Exhibitions & Exhibition Spaces Permanent & Temporary Exhibitions 16 Competitions

Winner of last issue

Mr Jason Micallef Chair of the Inter-Ministerial Commission

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Adrian Grima Contemporary artist

Adrian Grima is the definition of a busy man. Apart from being a father of two adorable boys, he is also the Inizjamed co-ordinator, and co-ordinates the Third world group. In addition, Adrian's chosen profession is that of a teacher, and he lectures Maltese at Junior College and University. Adrian very kindly took some time out of his busy schedule for Here's what he had to say… What is your greatest achievement?

Adrian is a proud father of two, so clearly the birth of his eldest son Samwel figures high up in his list of greatest achievements. "It is an incredible moment, witnessing the birth of another human being. I was with my wife in the delivery room, and I was afraid that I would faint but I didn't," Adrian recounted, enthusiastically. "I felt that being there for Nathalie (my wife) was the least I could do in that tough moment. I actually got to see my son before she did," he explained, adding that everything else just fades into comparison. What was your most embarrassing moment?

“There were so many of them,” he sighed, rifling through the memories in his head’s filing system and tapping on his chair. “I can’t pin point a particular one, but I am sure that there have been many,” Adrian


said, stalling time for more reflection. Aha! The expression on his face signified that he had recalled a moment which would provide him with an answer to my question. “I once asked a group of actors, which I was co-ordinating to stage a particular piece, but ultimately I asked them not to perform it. After the first night I regretted it because it was the wrong thing to insist on. However, it’s more of a regret than an embarrassing moment,” Adrian reflected. “Bygones, it is when one works that one makes mistakes,” he contemplated. If you could meet a celebrity, who would you choose?

Adrian looks up to Vincenzo Cerami, who wrote La Vita é Bella and Kevin MacNeil; “I don’t think that there’s anyone else I would add to my list.” What is your favourite childhood memory?

Adrian loved playing football; “I remember football being a very colourful game as a child. We had this feeling of camaraderie, friendship and adventure.” Adrian continued to practice the sport at school and university. “Nowadays, I am not a football fanatic and although I enjoy watching a good match, I often miss them because I forget. I’m not a team supporter, so I’m mostly interested in the proceedings of a game and the tactics used,” he added. What is your most annoying personality trait?

Adrian huffed, and pinched his lower lip between his forefinger and thumb, as he struggled to find a suitable answer. “Shyness: in my case it comes out in particular situation, not in class, but in other situations. I am generally the quiet type and I avoid social situations which make me feel uncomfortable,” he confided. Describe your ideal holiday

Adrian laughed upon hearing the question. “It would have to be with my family somewhere in the countryside with an element of ethnic or world music and different cultures,” he listed. Adrian recalled a holiday to Machu Picchu; “It is a lovely place, it’s much more beautiful than it is said to be. There’s so much culture, and history, all situated in the mountains. It feels out of this world,” he beamed.


Bleeding Fine Lines - 21 May, 2014 Blackman’s Studio - Ritz Arcades, 280, Republic Street, Valletta An evening of poetry in Valletta, is a fresh initiative in collaboration with Blackman’s studio a new experimental art space. It is a platform for poetry readings and dialogue. So send in the contemporary poems you wish to read! The first night of Bleeding Fine Lines will kick off on Wednesday 16th April and be held every month. We'll be bringing you a mixture of poems from different times, places and languages. Each monthly night will be slowly building towards the reflections of intellectual and creative ingenuity in a subtle way. Marie Louise Kold - Lines of Flight (an exhibition of metal art) 5 April – 25 May 2014 Upper Galleries, St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Pope Pius V Street, Valletta Scandinavian artist Marie Louise Kold is exhibiting her metal art at the upper galleries of St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta between April 5 and May 25 of this year. The exhibition is called “Lines of Flight”.

MCAST Institute of Art and Design Exhibition

The Malta Fashion Week


Upcoming Events art, literature, culture

Gabriel on paper 3 May, 09:00 – 1 June 2014 St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Pope Pius V Street, Valletta, Malta

Pavilion by Dr. Toni Kotnik, Irina Miodragovic Vella and Steve De Micoli

Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria and Il-Hagar Heart of Gozo are proud to present a solo exhibition by Gabriel Caruana, one of the pioneers of modern art in Malta and a leading ambassador of Maltese contemporary art overseas. More info:

Malta Design Week 17 May – 25 May 2014 Fort St. Elmo, Valletta, Malta A week-long event showcasing the best innovation and creativity of Maltese design. More info: http://maltadesignweek. com Malta Fashion Week 2014 24 May to 31 May 2014 The fourth edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Malta will take place from Sat 24th May to Sat 31st May 2014. Lots of preparations and plans are being finalized right now and many big announcements will be published over the coming weeks. More info:


The Tempra Contemporary Art Museum, set up in 1999, now occupies three floors at the Mġarr council premises. It was officially inaugurated last month at the opening of the 2012 Tempra Academy. The museum holds paintings, sculptures, graphics and other modern art works by 250 artists from 75 countries donated by Dame Françoise Tempra, a long-time resident of Mġarr. The Tempra Academy, which had its first edition in London in 1975, normally presents 50 cultural events during the year, including art exhibitions, lectures, concerts, recitals, poetry readings, films, fashion shows, and literary evenings in various countries. This year the Tempra Academy will hold events in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the US. At the opening of this year’s Tempra Academy, Fr Marius Zerafa, former curator of the National Museum, said he was delighted with the opening of the Tempra Museum as previous attempts to set up a contemporary art museum in Malta had failed. On January 26, Fr Zerafa received the 2011 Gold Medal of the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce from President George Abela, for his contribution to Malta’s artistic heritage and art historical scholarship. After the inauguration of the museum, a concert was held featuring the Marie Therese Vassallo Voice Studio, the


The only permanent Modern Art Museum in Malta. It presents an important collection of 420 works by 246 artists of 61 nations including works by Henry Moore, Salvador Dali, Giacomo de Pass , an important collection of American Abstract Artists. - Malta Attraction Map


The Tempra Contemporary art museum University of Malta Junior College Orchestra conducted by Manuel Pirotta, pianist Rosanne Busuttil Bellizzi, tenor Bernard Busuttil, Michela Galea, a 14-year-old singer and musician, and nine-year-old singer Gaia Cauchi of Mĥarr, who had appeared on RAI Uno’s programme Ti lascio una canzone, singing Proud Mary with Little Tony, Alex Britti and Alessandra Moroso. Visiting hours at the museum, which is opposite the parish church, are from 8 a.m. to noon, Mondays to Fridays, and also from 1 to 2.30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 1 to 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.


Fabio Borg Contemporary artist

Fabio Borg (b.1974) is a Graphic Designer by profession and works with a leading advertising agency in Malta. From a young age he studied drawing and painting at the school of Arts in Valletta, Malta. Between 1993 and 1997, Fabio went to Italy to study theology, philosophy and psychology. These academic studies show a great influence in his works. During his stay in Italy, Fabio met various italian artists who helped him a great deal in developing his ideas and thoughts. On local grounds, Fabio met Gabriel Caruana who is a pioneer in modern art among Maltese

artists and is the founder of the Mill, an artistic centre in Birkirkara. Gabriel was the one who gave birth to Fabio’s first solo exhibition at the Mill in May 1999. To this very day, Gabriel Caruana encourages Fabio and helps him a lot in his creations and career as an artist. Fabio’s work is an expression of his inner being. Each and every painting is the artist’s unconscious depiction of a given issue, concept or state of mind. Fabio says that his work is a mirror of his personality. Improvisation and spontaneity play an important role in his art enhancing the absolute harmony between the artist and his work that Fabio seeks to pursue.

“EVOLVING MOMENTS” was the title of the 4th solo exhibition by Maltese artist Fabio Borg which was held at Gallery Last Touch, in Main Street Mosta. This exhibition included twenty new canvas paintings that show how his style has evolved and changed in these last years


Art is a journey and each painting I do, it brings me closer to the destination.

Channelled into plummeting rivulets, cascading steep verticals, gently colliding squares and rectangles that either emerge forcefully or recede softly, colours symbolically allude to sin, evil, optimism, hope and passion. In Blue Room, the effervescent and mosaic presence of the blues represent the infidelity of Judas. More info:


St James Cavalier | Centre for Creativity This place has become a one-stop-shop for operas, plays, musicals, exhibitions of contemporary pieces as well as past masters, classical and popular concerts and recitals. It holds a wealth of activities aimed at kids, including a regular Saturday club offering crafts, drama, story-telling and more.

Opus 64 Art Galerie Founded in December 2009, by Angela Tabone, Opus 64 is dedicated original art and unusual selections of objet d’art. The Opus 64 Art Galerie is about creativity and interaction. Our mission is to bring together talented contemporary artists to display their art works to a discerning clientele. Opus 64 is a place where people not only buy and sell creative works but also meet, interact and converse with fellow artists and enthusiasts. More info:

St James Cavalier | Centre of Creativity Kevin Casha Photography Exhibition, 2012

Loggia - National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta


Exhibition S paces T E V emporary



Heritage Malta has a number of exhibition spaces that are available for established and budding artists. As outlined in the Heritage Act 2002 (Article 4e), the Agency endorses exhibitions in order to “promote public knowledge, education and enjoyment of the cultural heritage.” In this respect, the agency has a range of exhibition spaces under its custodianship in the various museums and historical sites. Front Courtyard, National Museum of Natural History, Malta

Contemporary Hall - National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta Loggia - National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta St.Angelo Hall - Malta Maritime Museum, Vittoriosa Ground Floor Hall - Malta Maritime Museum, Vittoriosa Front Courtyard - National Museum of Natural History, Mdina Inner Courtyard - National Museum of Natural History, Mdina Inquisitor’s Palace, Vittoriosa

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What's Up For the Winner: We'll send you â‚Ź100 and a membership voucher to become a member with our community where you will benefit from various discounts and free exhibition access. We will also include your design on our website Erbghin Kreattiv. Rules: EVERYONE across the globe is eligible to enter. Only ONE entry per person per month. This month's design can be on any shape deck. Your graphic must incorporate this month's theme in some way to be considered a valid entry. Here's how you can get started: If you haven't already, sign up for a user profile on feel free to do so. Confirm your email and get to designing. Once you've completed your design, upload your graphic using our deck designer. Make your adjustments then click "save" to add the board to your profile. On the next page click the "SAVE TO YOUR ACCOUNT" button and then you will be able to title your board and give it a brief description if you'd like.


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This month’s Erbghin Kreattiv Contest theme is “Literature” All entries must be uploaded on by the third Thursday of June, 2014



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