The Trail from Al­lura

Malta Open Art Stu­dios 3-4 Novem­ber

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Prepa­ra­tions are pro­ceed­ing apace for the first ever large scale ‘open art stu­dios’ event in Malta, tak­ing place in St Ju­lian’s and Sliema on 3 and 4 Novem­ber. Over the week­end, lo­cals and vis­i­tors from fur­ther afield are in­vited into pop-up art stu­dios to meet the artists and en­joy the cre­ative tal­ent that lies of­ten undis­cov­ered in the com­mu­nity.

With more than 50 artists in twenty venues along a walk­ing trail, vis­i­tors can choose to visit as many or as few art spa­ces as they wish, all for free, and take the op­por­tu­nity to talk in­for­mally to artists and de­sign­er­mak­ers, to see the work cre­ated and to gain an in­sight into their mak­ing pro­cesses, their in­spi­ra­tion, ma­te­ri­als and meth­ods.

There will be hun­dreds of pieces of art on show, rang­ing from eye-catch­ing paint­ings, pot­tery, pho­tog­ra­phy and fash­ion to trea­sures in pre­cious met­als and stone, with ev­ery­thing from lo­cal land­scapes to de­signs with a dif­fer­ence and more be­sides, in­spired by the past and the present, peo­ple, places and pas­sions, and all cre­ated on the Mal­tese is­lands. The Trail will also in­clude dig­i­tal art, vir­tual re­al­ity, movie ef­fects, video-game and sur­facepat­tern de­sign, ar­ti­san crafts, de­signer hand­crafted jew­ellery, il­lus­tra­tion, sculp­ture, graphic and prod­uct de­sign, 3D print­ing and carv­ing. Artists will in­clude pro­fes­sional and part-time cre­atives, stu­dents and school chil­dren from the Mal­tese and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ties. The Trail will of­fer a choice of hands-on and spec­ta­tor ex­pe­ri­ences for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike, to pho­to­graph, dis­cuss, try or buy.

Ed Robert’s bold botan­i­cal can­vases, for ex­am­ple, boast a lav­ishly deep bright pal­ette, fluid brush strokes and a touch of the­atre with con­tem­po­rary flair, whilst award-win­ning fine art pho­tog­ra­pher Keith El­lul’s moody coastal im­agery has an ethe­real time­less­ness cap­tured with long ex­po­sure and Jana Frost’s in­trigu­ing dig­i­tal col­lages fuse retro and scifi im­agery, nar­ra­tives played out in a sin­gle mo­ment that draw you in­escapably in.

There’s art in­spired by Mal­tese her­itage, in­clud­ing a vi­brant cloth­ing col­lec­tion by Lara Spi­teri re­splen­dent in black, red and gold, each in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed and hand­painted to in­cor­po­rate the Mal­tese cross, me­galithic spi­rals, and other her­itage sym­bols in cut­ting edge de­sign, whilst the is­land’s her­itage has also in­spired de­signer Zack Ritchie to cre­ate Dis­ney-in­spired char­ac­ters bring­ing Mal­tese icons to life for the twenty-first cen­tury in pri­mary colours with quirky charm. You can reimag­ine the his­tory of the is­land in crisp pa­per-white con­tours with stun­ning ar­chitec- tu­ral mod­el­ling against un­du­lat­ing blues on screen and in print, or ex­plore the liv­ing trea­sures un­der the sea in hand-crafted met­al­work.

From smoky Raku ce­ram­ics and del­i­cate wire jew­ellery, a con­tem­po­rary twist on Mal­tese fil­i­gree legacy, to carved Mal­tese lime­stone too heavy for a man to lift and sur­pris­ing Sith hel­mets cre­ated by a Star Wars fa­natic, there’s some­thing to in­ter­est, in­trigue and in­spire every­one whether an art afi­ciona­dos or an every­day en­thu­si­ast. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.al­lura.com.mt

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