The 4th edition of UNESCO Art Camp Malta 2022 was again held this year in Mellieha. The in-residence art camp was held during November and hosted nineteen artists from nineteen countries including Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Benin, Brazil, Cyprus, Georgia, Iran, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.
The event was organised by the Maltese National Commission for UNESCO and is held every two years alternating with the National Commission of Andorra.
The main concept behind the Art Camp Malta 2022 is to create a venue for artists coming from different cultures and ways of life, offering the opportunity for dialog and understanding in order to promote peace between peoples. During the 10-day period of Art Camp, the artists, are provided with time for reflection and research, while producing three pieces of artworks related to the project’s theme – Colours for Peace. UNESCO believes that these Artists become ambassadors for peace when they return to their home.
During their stay in Malta, the artists enjoyed several activities including a visit to Valletta and Mdina and a visit to the island of Gozo.
To explore their creativity within our community, an outreach day was organised at the Bugibba Square with the full collaboration of the Mayor of St. Paul’s Bay Local Council.
Through the co-operation of the UNESCO Schools’ Programme and the Head of School, the artists were visited on site by school children from the Mellieha Primary School. A small group of artists also met students from St. Benedict Secondary School, Tal-Handaq, Qormi.
During the evenings, each artist was invited to introduce and discuss his or her country’s culture, traditions and heritage.
The final presentation of Certificates which also included an exhibition of the final works of art was held at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta and honoured by the presence of the Hon. Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation, Dr. Clifton Grima and the Hon. Minister for National Heritage, the Arts, and the Local Government, Dr. Owen Bonnici. H.E Ambassador for UNESCO Mgr. Joe Vella Gauci also addressed the gathering.
The event was concluded with a dinner at the Valletta Waterfront, where they bid farewell to each other and gave their heartfelt thanks to Maltese National Commission for UNESCO for giving them this special opportunity in participating in such a successful project.