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What’s Bugging You? Closing Events

15 June | 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

What’s Bugging You? A ceramics exhibition by Ioulia Chante

Closing Events

As “What’s Bugging You” comes to an end, we invite you to celebrate the closing of this exhibition with 𝐭𝐰𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐒𝐚π₯ 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 taking place in the basement of the Malta Society of Arts on the very last day.

𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐒𝐧𝐠 π„π―πžπ§π­: π“πšπ₯𝐀 𝐰𝐒𝐭𝐑 𝐂π₯𝐚𝐲 – 𝐀𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐒𝐯𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐀𝐬𝐑𝐨𝐩
Date: Saturday, June 15th
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: The Basement Vaults of the Malta Society of Arts

Join us for a unique and enriching experience as we welcome Alison Vella from Ally Ceramics, a talented ceramist currently studying for her master’s degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy. Alison and Ioulia will lead an insightful discussion on the therapeutic aspects of working with clay, exploring the profound connections between body and matter.

During this interactive workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in basic hands-on clay tactile exercises while participating in meaningful conversations about the emotional and psychological benefits of this art form. Whether you’re an experienced artist or a complete beginner, this event is designed for everyone to enjoy and benefit from.

Please note: The workshop is limited to 15 participants.
To reserve a spot, email us at:

Clay will be provided for basic tactile experimentation and introduction to the material. No prior experience is necessary. Come discover the joy and therapeutic power of creating with clay in a relaxed environment. Refreshments will be provided

π„π―πžπ§π’π§π  π„π―πžπ§π­: 𝐂π₯𝐨𝐬𝐒𝐧𝐠 π„π―πžπ§π­ / 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐑𝐞 𝐂𝐨π₯π₯πšπ›π¨π«πšπ­π¨π«π¬
Date: Saturday, June 15th
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: The Basement Vaults of the @Malta Society of Arts

Join us for our very last event in the Basement
Meet the talented team behind this exhibition and learn about their backgrounds, insights and contributions to this project.

Meet the Collaborators:
Sarah Chircop – Curatorial Consultation
Noura Abdelhafidh – Exhibition Design
Stelios Ypsilantis – Graphic Design
Neo Borg Bonaci – Videography

Come and join us for casual drinks and small talks. And have a chance to see the monsters in the basement for one last time.
We look forward to celebrating with you!

Special Thanks to the following for their support in this project:
Stretta Beer, The Farsons Foundation, Hantes Automations and Controls


‘What’s Bugging You?’ presents a visual narrative of emotions and fears that derive from the exhilarating rhythms of contemporary society. Balancing between functionalism and surrealism, Ioulia Chante’s exploration of the human psyche through ceramics, aims to give matter to everyday mental struggles, in a seemingly functional and familiar settings.

Curatorial Consultation: Sarah Chircop

Exhibition Design: Noura Abdelhafidh

Graphic Design: Stelios Ypsilantis

Video interview: Neo Borg Bonaci


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Extended description:

In the frenetic pulse of contemporary society, emotions and fears weave a complex tapestry, each thread intertwined with the accelerating rhythms of our existence. Through ‘What’s Bugging You,’ Ioulia Chante unveils a deeply personal narrative, a lyrical journey into the recesses of the human psyche.

Navigating the delicate balance between functionalism and surrealism, Chante’s artistic journey transcends the ordinary, breathing life into the intangible essence of our innermost struggles. With deft strokes and sculpted forms, she invites us to traverse the landscapes of our subconscious, where fears and emotions dance in silent dialogue.

In this captivating tableau, everyday scenes are transformed into portals of introspection, each familiar setting imbued with layers of meaning and metaphor. Chante’s work becomes a mirror, reflecting the universal truths that bind us allβ€”our shared experiences, our hidden anxieties, our deepest desires/fears.


Ioulia Chante is a Malta-based architect and ceramist whose artistic practice centers around product design utilizing clay as the primary medium.

Her academic background has always revolved around engineering, functionality, and detailing. Her architectural background in construction motivated her to explore alternative materials to realize her vision for crafts within architecture.

Transitioning from her established career as an architect to embrace the full-time dedication required of a ceramist, Ioulia’s work delicately navigates the realms of form, material, and texture. Drawing deep inspiration from the natural world, her creations oscillate between realism and surrealism, bringing a captivating ‘monster world’ into tangible existence.

Combining functional structures and forms with surrealistic features, Ioulia aims to provide commentary on contemporary society through scenographic storytelling using everyday objects that reflect contemporary human conditions.


Sarah Chircop (b.1993) is a Malta-based curator whose trajectory in the creative and culture sectors began eight years ago. She has led and supported various visual art and research projects, taking on various roles as coordinator, writer, researcher, editor, and maker.

Her research and practice consciously meander between roles – an attempt to blur boundaries and shift peripheries, whilst practising a reflective and refractive methodology. Her work aims to seek new narratives, investigating points of convergence and divergence. An exploration facilitated by play and a commitment to a porous state of vulnerability.

Curatorially, she is interested in a discourse that is motivated and developed through collaboration and experimental work. Her recent projects include Rebecca Bonaci’s first solo exhibition, β€˜Δ‘uf’, reflecting on identity, the social position of women, and how the cultural norms and expectations associated with motherhood have changed over time. At her current workplace Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Matli, she recently curated IN SEARCH OF LINE which explored the open nature, complexity and transformation of the line on the page as well as in time and space. In both instances, she contributed texts to their respective publications, and was actively involved in the creative production process; an area of growing interest.


Noura was born and raised in Tunis and has been based in Malta since 2017.

Noura is an architect, multidisciplinary designer and independent illustrator with a special interest for interiors and exhibition design.

In 2022, Noura held her first personal exhibition ”hot-line” at Il-Lokal (Valletta, Malta) with a selection of single-lined original illustrations of the summer season.

Noura has also always been actively interested in the role of design/art/architecture in articulating social changes and guaranteeing human rights. This shows in both her illustrations, and her experiences in social and/artistic events such as The Ordinary Lives of Women, an exhibition presenting works from ten international female artists (January 2022) around the value of women’s everyday contribution to humanity.


Ally Ceramics began when Ally discovered a deep passion for ceramics and the tactile beauty of clay four years ago in 2020. Specialising in hand-building techniques, Ally primarily works with coils and slabs. These methods allow her to mould and shape clay in a natural and raw state.

Her philosophy centres around being driven by the art itself. Although she starts with an idea, she allows the clay to guide her and change along the way. Clay is fluid and so is her process. This has taught her a lot, not only in the craft, but in life itself.

Ally has also started a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy. To her interest, a lot of what she has learnt from clay can be transpired in her journey in becoming a psychotherapist. This will also allow her to eventually join her two passions into one.


Saturday 15 June at 11am – Workshop

Saturday 15 June at 6pm – Meet the Collaborators


Basement Vaults of the Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta

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15 June
11:00 am - 9:00 pm


Palazzo de La Salle
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