Funded Travel Grants for 2017
Applicant: Glen Zammit
Reference Number: CETR 01-17-1919
Project title: Norddeutsche Horntage
Amount Awarded: €824.06
Glen Zammit will be attending a master class in Germany, offering conservatory students the possibility to work together with renowned professors, where they can further develop their skills, and receive advice for their continued studies. The course does not focus exclusively on private lessons, but rather emphasizes audition training and ensemble playing. In addition to working on and practicing audition excerpts, actual audition situations are simulated. Such audition training is a good opportunity to prepare for auditions, and to gain experience and routine through simulated auditions, with the aim of warding off nervousness and anxiety that may build up in an actual audition situation.
Applicant: Patsy Chetcuti (obo Moveo Dance Company)
Reference Number: CETR 03-17-1921
Project title: Freedom Prison
Amount Awarded: €1,054
Moveo dance Company will be participating in “Freedom Prison”, a 10-day festival that forms part of the Aarhus European Capital of Culture in 2017. The festival takes place in a former state prison, and artists are invited from all over Europe to participate in this cultural experience. Apart from showcasing their individual performances, participants will also create a final performance based on the concept of Freedom vs. Imprisonment. Participant will display their own performances, and will also perform a joint choreography called the freedom Prison Show. This show will run for two days with approximately 8000 spectators each night, and will take place within the walls of the former prison. Moveo Dance Company will perform ‘Ara Gejja’, which revolves around this concept of Freedom vs. Imprisonment, through the distinction between traditional childhood games and today’s technological games. The freedom experienced by children, as they used to play openly in the past, creates a contrast to today’s static and inanimate gaming children experience on a daily basis. Traditional games are portrayed through dance with specific focus on Maltese games such as ‘Ara Gejja il Mewt Ghalik’, ‘Dawra Durella’, and ‘Bum Bum Il-Bieb’.
Applicant: Evgletta Zhanna Shtohryn
Reference Number: CETR 08-17-1926
Project title: Land-art project and an environmentally themed video art project
Amount Awarded: €924.87
During the two-months Artist Residency in Iceland Evgletta will seek to complete two projects based on the research which had been conducted in previous residencies. The first project is the continuation of the research that had been conducted for a five-part video installation project called “Now no longer – Now not yet”, which was an interdisciplinary work, bridging geology, video art and performance art. In this site specific installation the beneficiary will further explore Earth movements and plate tectonics. The second project is part of the Three Islands projects where water is explored as a by-product of human activity and observed as a driving force for contemporary migration. Here the water circularity will be followed by the circularity of the human journey as a refuge. For this project, Zhanna will perform various water-related activities that also poetically connect to the global sea rise. The artwork will be a mixture of land art, performance art and video art.
Applicant: Charlotte Stafrace
Reference Number: CETR 12-17-1930
Project title: TimeSlips Creative Storytelling
Amount Awarded: €404.05
Charlotte Stafrace will be attending a training course in Edinburgh with Professor Anne Basting. The training consists of two sessions. The first session consists of a lecture at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, which will focus on the positive impact of community-building projects with older people, with the aim of creating a sustainable network to bring meaningful engagement to older adults who are at risk of isolation. The second session consists of a creative storytelling workshop that brings together artists, healthcare professionals and cultural organisations to find out more about “TimeSlips”: a successful international approach to embedding creativity in care provision. The approach which will be explored at the workshop is evidence-based and person-centred, and it is used by care professionals and artists in older people’s services and care homes around the world.
Applicant: Sandra Zaffarese
Reference Number: CETR 15-17-1933
Project title: Participatory attendance at the New York International Childrens’ Film Festival
Amount Awarded: €924.87
Sandra will be attending the New York International Children’s Film Festival in preparation for the next edition of the Little Rock People Children’s Film Festival (LRP), forming part of the Kinemastik International Short Film festival programme held annually in Malta. This festival is entering into its 9th edition this year, and Sandra is now aiming to seek out further innovative and thought provoking ways of introducing the media of film, animation and documentaries to the young local audience in Malta. The aim of this mobility project is to make contacts, but also to observe and attain a further understanding of the organisational and programming aspects of this prestigious festival in order to use the festival as a model for the festival locally. The beneficiary believes that this mobility project would offer insight, inspiration and possible collaborations to further the festival and ultimately the youngsters who will be attending it.
Applicant: Ilona Baldacchino
Reference Number: CETR 20-17-1938
Project title: Devising Dance Performance with adults with learning dis/abilities: an exploration of dis/ability, dance and artistry, with special reference to Opening Doors dance group
Amount Awarded: €573.62
Ilona will be presenting her Dance Studies research at the symposium entitled “The Dance Fields – Staking a claim for Dance Studies in the 21st century”, being held between the 19-22nd April 2017, convened by the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University; Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance (CIRID), De Montfort University and Centre for Dance Research, University of Roehampton, UK. Ilona’s research will be delivered in a form of a lecture presentation, where contexts and findings will be shared with others participating in the symposium. The aim in presenting this work is to create a space for discussion and sharing of ideas, specifically on disability arts, on how accessible they are, what training opportunities are being provided for individuals with a disability interested in pursuing their studies or possibly a career in dance, the opportunity for inclusive dance programmes and/or performances. These themes are all pertinent into forming possible collaborations with international practitioners working in the field.
Applicant: Sarah Spiteri
Reference Number: CETR 21-17-1939
Project title: Music for All - Approaches for Special Music Education
Amount Awarded: €1,850
Sarah Spiteri will be attending an intensive course at the Resonaari Special Music Centre in Helsinki, Finland. The course will be providing pedagogical and theoretical training as well practical sessions addressing music education for children with special needs. The course will offer the applicant further training on techniques based on colour and shape codification.
Applicant: Bettina Paris
Reference Number: CETR 22-17-1940
Project title: Internship with Chickenshed Theatre, London
Amount Awarded: €2,000
Bettina Paris has been offered a two-month internship at the Chickenshed Theatre in London, where she will form part of a ‘Performances for Children’ Programme, a vibrant programme that performs all over London. This children’s programme runs successful outreach projects, education courses and other various programmes throughout the year. During her internship Bettina will be working on a number of new projects, as well as on various high profile performances.
Applicant: Michelle Cachia Castelletti
Reference Number: CETR 29-17-1988
Project title: Recording of Mahler Symphony No 10 (reconstructed, arranged and orchestrated by Michelle Castelletti) by John Storgårds and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra for the international classical record label BIS
Amount Awarded: €2,000
Michelle Castelletti will be recording her re-created version of Mahler’s Tenth symphony with the record label BIS in Sweden. Following a detailed study of the existing Mahler sketches and fragments of this uncompleted work, Castelletti will re-create the symphony for chamber orchestra, retaining the authenticity found in the Mahler manuscripts. She will be present for the recording sessions with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra under the baton of John Storgårds for the international label BIS. During her stay in Finland and Sweden, she will be there ensuring the success of the project as a whole, taking care of any changes that need to be done, such as decisions regarding the score, instrumentation and orchestration.
Applicant: Nadia Mifsud Mutschler
Reference Number: CETR 35-17-1996
Project title: Parteċipazzjoni f’Voci lontane, voci sorelle (Firenze)
Amount Awarded: €323.21
Nadia Mifsud Mutschler will be participating in the international poetry festival ‘Voci Lontane, Voci Sorelle’ in Florence. This literature festival forms part of the “Estate Fiorentina” consisting of a wide cultural calendar with various activities and events throughout the entire summer. The activities and events are from different fields of art (poetry, theater, music, cinema, photography and visual arts). The festival is organized by the Laboratorio Nuova Buonarroti Association, a cultural association that aims to strengthen the relationship between the locals of Florence and other Italian and International artists, while fostering curiosity on culture and the creative process.
Applicant: Adrian Grima - Inizjamed
Reference Number: CETR 47-17-2011
Project title: Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale
Amount Awarded: €1,214
Inizjamed will be participating in “Mediterranea 18, Young Artists Biennale” in Albania. Hosted for the first time between the cities of Tirana and Durres the Biennale will bring together around 230 Euro-Mediterranean artists and will create opportunities for young artists to enable mobility, exchange, mutual understanding, intercultural dialogue, collaboration and training. Aidan Celeste and Rachelle Deguara will be representing Malta through their literary creations ‘Houellebecq By The Sea’ and ‘Replika/Eku’ respectively while Valerie Visanich is part of the project ‘A Natural Oasis?’ whose final outcome will be showcased at the Biennale. These artists will be exporting their works and showcasing it in a Euro-Mediterranean context.
Applicant: Gilbert Calleja
Reference Number: CETR 25-17-1984
Project title: iF LAB – Interactive Factual Lab (www.iflab.net)
Amount Awarded: € 1,963.59
Gilbert Calleja will be attending the ‘iF lab’ training course in Belgium and France to further develop and work on his documentary project (webdoc) about a local fisherman, his family, his boat and the extended community in Marsaxlokk. ‘iF lab’ is aimed at non‐fiction storytellers exploring new narrative formats and the project focuses on bringing professionals from various disciplines to work towards the production of a new documentary based on interactivity. ‘iF lab’is based on guided team work, where each team reconceptualises the initial pitch of a project, redesigns a prototype and produces a new documentary. Two separate one‐week intensive sessions (story booster and prototype booster) are dedicated to the idea development and the production of the work. These are then followed by online tutorials and guidance.
Applicant: Etienne Spiteri
Reference Number: CETR 32-17-1992
Project title: Peter Stark Conducting Masterclasses and Workshops
Amount Awarded: €1,028
Etienne Spiteri will be attending a three-day short course on conducting, with the world renowned conductor, mentor and consultant Peter Stark. The masterclasses are in small groups, and they focus on various aspects of conducting, from observations to discussions on skills and difficulties. Apart from the general techniques of conducting, this course goes into detail on how to develop the art of conducting from different perspectives, as well as preparing for examination sessions.
Applicant: Valerie Visanich
Reference Number: CETR 31-17-1990
Project title: Out of place in an institutional art space? A comparative research on cultural participation in Malta and Portugal
Amount Awarded: € 832.62
Valerie Visanich will be participating in the European Sociological Association International Conference being held in Athens. Together with the Portuguese sociologist Jose Soares Neves, she will present preliminary results of a comparative study on cultural participation in Malta and Portugal. This international platform is essential to continue the development of an academic study with the intention to be published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Valerie will also be meeting the Committee members of the European Sociological Association to discuss the coordination of the 10th Midterm International, the European Sociological Association Conference focused on the Sociology of the Arts, to be held in Malta in 2018.
Applicant: Bernard Camilleri
Reference Number: CETR 39-17-2000
Project title: Participation at the International Games Week in Berlin - 'QUO VADIS 17 - and the A MAZE Indie Games Showcase.
Amount Awarded: € 1,269
As part of the International Games Week in Berlin, Bernard Camilleri will be taking part in ‘Quo Vadis’ – one of Europe’s longest-standing professional game developers conference which focuses in depth on all aspects of video games development, business and marketing, addressing developers, publishers, decision-makers, researchers and young talents in the industry. Quo Vadis provides a framework where the participants can discuss important topics and trends in the subjects of graphic design, to sound composition, from storytelling to animation technology. He will be also attending the A MAZE, 6th International Independent Games and Playful Media Festival in Berlin which brings together independent game developers, digital creatives, individuals and entities interested in game development.
Applicant: Sara Pace
Reference Number: CETR 24-17-1983
Project title: Residency + at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland
Amount Awarded: € 1,369.58
During the month-long residency in Ireland, Sara Pace intends to further explore ideas and thoughts she had started experimenting with while spending study weeks at the Burren College of Art for workshops. She will have the dedicated time to listen, record, share stories, imagine and create in a space that is both quiet and full of life. Being able to meet with other practicing artists who live in the area, as well as be present for exhibitions that are taking place within the area will enable her to reach out further to contemporary art work and can further explore and expand her work.