The Blitz Residency Programme is a core strand of its artistic and public programme, created to facilitate a long-term, international artistic cultural exchange, while fortifying our role as cultural incubator and advocate organisation for contemporary art practice in Malta.
Invited residents are given a dedicated live / work space within the Blitz building. Our objective is to invite artists working across creative fields in a range of media, including (but not limited to) film, photography, performance, sound, immersive installation and digital platforms.
Residents are encouraged to experiment and to research their project, culminating in a final production for presentation to the public which can take the form of an exhibition, performance, publication, screening, series of talks or workshops etc, depending on the nature of the resident’s work. Local engagement is crucial to the programme, taking the form of open studio days, workshops and talks for a local community of artists, researchers, educators, professionals and students. The Blitz Residency Programme also has a standalone website and social media presence which act as a live ‘feed’ of the ongoing activity of our visiting residents, as well as an archive and repository of ideas and material from the artists, curators, researchers and thinkers who participate in the programme.
Residents are selected through an open call for applications. The process of shortlisting, interviewing and selecting residents takes place through a selection jury comprising: Caldon Merceica, Manager, Culture Directorate; Matthew Attard, artist and founder of NO.ME studio; Margerita Pulè, Programme Coordinator, Valletta 2018 Foundation; Alexandra Pace, Founding Director, Blitz; and Nicole Bearman, Programme Director, Blitz.
The site of the Blitz Residency Programme is a self-contained, purpose-built apartment within the Blitz building. In the collaborative spirit of all Blitz projects, the first phase of the project was designed and constructed by students from the the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta, supported by 808 Foundation. As part of their studies, the students designed and built the basic timber structure and prepared initial plans for the rest of the infrastructural works.
On a mission to complete the space and launch a residency programme, the Blitz team then spent the following 12 months raising funds – through various means including a crowdfunding campaign – and designing a programme.
The second and final phase of the project, to turn the space into a functional and neutral live / work space for our Residents, is by Valentino Architects. Contained within the space are a double bed, full bathroom , kitchenette, wardrobe and storage, and work space.
The Blitz Residency Programme is supported by