The Malta Society of Arts (MSA) is currently leading this multidisciplinary two-year art project to be held with three other European partners from Italy, Lithuania and the Netherlands. This is the first time that a Maltese art organisation is the lead partner in a Creative Europe Project. The project explores different modalities related to multi-sensorial art.
AMuSE – standing for ‘Artistic Multi Unique Sensorial Experience’ – is a project led by Malta’s oldest arts organisation, MSA, aiming to present new creative readings on the sense of sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing through various interpretations in the realm of visual arts. The project is hosting a series of workshops and studio visits to support the artistic research of the 16 selected artists from the 4 participating countries. The project will culminate in an exhibition of artworks to be held in 2019 at MSA’s premises, the Palazzo de La Salle in Valletta.
The artistic director of AMuSE is Roderick Camilleri (pictured above), while the Project Leader is Joe Scerri. The project was selected out of the 430 eligible applications falling within the smaller scale category and will obtain funding together with another 65 projects under the umbrella of the Creative Europe Culture Sub-programme (2014-2020). The project aims to promote the integration of the senses into the process of art-making and its exhibition to the public.
It also plans to create a platform for transnational mobility between emerging and promising artists. The project takes the form of a consortium made up of four partners with a background in art, culture, cultural tourism and creative industries from four European countries. Through the work of 16 selected emerging artists (4 from each participating country), these partners are working together to provide new research in inter-sensorial forms of art and culture, blend visual arts with applied arts and local traditions and strengthen and develop diverse audiences.
The Malta Society of Arts is the Lead Partner of AMuSE and it submitted the labour-intensive application in November 2016, with the help of Creative Europe Desk Malta. The rest of the project’s team from the three collaborating countries is made up of:
1) Malta Society of Arts – Leading Partner / Applicant (Malta)
2) Le Terre dei Savoia Association (Italy)
3) Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (the Netherlands)
4) Dusetos Culture Center / Art Gallery (Lithuania)
The Valletta 2018 Foundation (Malta), Easy School of Languages (Malta) and Antazave Child Care Home (Lithuania) are Associate Partners.
The project aims to blend visual arts with applied arts through multi-sensorial content and to re-interpret traditions and customs of the 4 respective countries from a different perspective. Through this process, the 16 participating artists are creating layers of interpretations featuring European legacies and cultural heritage. Furthermore the project is developing new audiences, stimulating new interest in the aesthetic of the senses, helping cultural organisations engage with different audiences, promoting emerging artists and increasing international collaborations. A call for interest was issued in the 4 participating countries, and the best 4 artists from each country were selected on criteria based on artistic merit to take part in the project.
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