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Clay / Craft / Concept: OPEN CALL

19 February | 9:00 am - 19 March | 12:00 am

CLAY / CRAFT / CONCEPT: contemporary ceramics, ancient histories

What is the difference between a sculpture and a beautifully crafted but functional object, such as a mug or a vase?

CLAY / CRAFT / CONCEPT intends to examine this question within the Maltese context, looking at contemporary ceramics on the island and abroad. The exhibition will frame functional clay objects alongside ceramic sculpture and ancient pottery in order to prompt questions around craft-oriented practice within the context of fine-art thinking – what do functionality and materiality tell us about ourselves and the world we live in?

The Malta Society of Arts has long been a stronghold for supporting crafts and has a history of clay education. CLAY / CRAFT / CONCEPT flows from this legacy while also bringing the Society’s activity into dialogue with contemporary currents of thought.

The Society invites artists working in ceramics and clay-based media to apply by submitting their CV and portfolio to

Deadline is 19 March 2024.

This call is open to artists based both in Malta and abroad.

This exhibition is funded, organised and presented by the Malta Society of Arts.


Applications open:
19 February 2024

Deadline to apply:
19 March 2024


Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle,
219, Republic Street,


19 February | 9:00 am
19 March | 12:00 am


Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
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