Thus Maltese artists Aidan Celeste, Chiara Cassar, David Falzon, Janis Luste, Justine Navarro, Keita Onishi, Lara Manara, Sam Sultana, Sarah Maria Scicluna and Roderick Camilleri are exploring the spontaneity of innovative “brainstorming” processes to explain the notion of divergent thinking – a creative process that considers several potential solutions to a problem or alternative ways of dealing with an issue. Their works will feature in an official catalogue accompanying the exhibition. The artist with the best work will be awarded with a month-long residency at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, Japan in August, 2017.

Divergent Thinkers shall open on Friday 21st October, 2016 at the Malta Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa. The exhibition will last until Sunday 20th November, 2016. The theme chosen for this year’s exhibition is NAVIGATE. Though etimologically linked to the Latin word ‘navis’ (ship), the young artists shall seek to stretch its significance well beyond its original meaning, thus bringing to life the founding curatorial concept of the exhibition.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Raphael Vella and organised by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ in collaboration with Valletta 2018, with the support of the Malta Maritime Museum, EU Japan Fest and Japan Media Arts Festival.