The Malta Independent on Sunday

Art on the streets of Marsa and Kalkara


Naqsam il-MUŻA, the project showcasing the community’s choice of artworks from the national collection at the National Museum of Fine Arts in localities around Malta and Gozo, has made its way to Marsa and Kalkara.

A joint Valletta 2018 Foundation and MUŻA Project initiative, the exercise in community curation empowers members of a chosen community select artworks to display in their own localities. The project is part of the run up to 2018, when Valletta will be named European Capital of Culture and when MUŻA, the new national-community art museum which will house the national collection, will open its doors.

The Marsa edition of the project includes the choice of eleven participan­ts chosen from the Marsa community. The final selection, including comments by each participan­ts, is currently installed in various locations around Marsa. These include the parvis of Marija Regina parish church, the Marija Regina Band Club, the Marsa Scouts Headquarte­rs, Il-Pespus Smart Kids Child Care Centre, Triq Balbi, the Għaqda Storika u Kulturali Marsa, the Regatta Club, the Kunsill Pastorali Parrokkjal­i Trinità Qaddisa, the Marsa Open Centre, Prince Albert Street, the Horse Racetrack entrance and the Marsa Sports Complex at the gate to the Athletics track.

In Kalkara, the seven chosen community members proposed artworks currently installed, together with comments by each participan­t, at the chapel of Our Saviour, Kalkara Local Council, Circolo S. Giuseppe - Sagra Familja Band Club, the Kalkara Parish Church parvis, Kalkara Sea Front, D Kalkara Regatta Restaurant and the Kalkara primary school entrance.

Installati­ons in Kalkara and Marsa will remain on display until the end of August. The next community will be Gzira.

The first installati­on of Naqsam il-MUŻA took place in Valletta last March in which 10 artworks were displayed around the city. The Valletta community choice will be on display in September at the National Museum of Fine Arts. The old museum venue will be closing its doors for the last time right after this year’s edition of Notte Bianca happening on Saturday 1st October 2016.

The Valletta 2018 Foundation and Heritage Malta thanks all participan­ts and contributo­rs supporting this project. More informatio­n about this project is available on the Valletta 2018 website www.valletta20­, Heritage Malta website www.heritagema­, MUZAblog http://muza.heritagema­ and the MUZA National Museum of Fine Arts Facebook page

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