The AiR Programme, which started off as a collaboration between Valletta 2018 and Fondazzjoni Kreattività, aims to enrich cultural diversity within the national creative scene, and encourage productive interaction between international creatives and local creatives; between international creatives and communities, as well as physical and virtual environments. The legacy of the AiR Programme will be carried on through the Fondazzjoni Kreattività.

Artists’ Residency 2019 Call

Fondazzjoni Kreattività invites creatives from all fields to apply for an immersive and community-based artist-in-residence programme for 2019. Duration varies from one to four weeks for residencies and projects taking place between January 2019 and December 2019.

These residencies are based in the context of a growing cultural creative scene in Malta, in line with Fondazzjoni Kreattività’s remit of being a catalyst of contemporary expression, a legacy of the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture and Arts Council Malta’s Strategy 2020.

In such framework our residency programme aims to enrich cultural diversity within the national creative scene by encouraging encounters and exchanges between international and Maltese artists, the creative collaborators and communities as well as the physical and virtual environments. The residency framework will provide the time for research and development as well as opportunities to engage with communities in the presentation of work.

Those interested can apply for the following Artists’ Residency Programme strands:

1. Spazju Kreattiv Artists’ Residency in Gozo
Residency Duration: 3 – 4 weeks
Residency Location: Gozo

The residency projects to be based in Gozo, rural sister island of Malta, will be planned within a close-knit community and are designed to maximise cultural immersion within the island and its communities; with its landscapes, seascapes and soundscapes, and the contemporary exploration of cultural diversity that exists there.

2. Spazju Kreattiv Artists’ Residency in Malta
Residency Duration: 3 – 4 weeks
Residency Location: Malta

The residencies based in Malta will have the primary objective of engaging with minority groups around the island creating a means for social engagement through artistic expression. Such initiatives will seek to provide selected artists opportunities to collaborate with specific communities, researching and developing links between long-standing traditions, social trends and contemporary creative practicesin the process.

3. MalTeen: A residency with a focus on younger youths
Residency Duration: 2 – 3 weeks
Residency Location: Malta

The MalTeen residency is an opportunity for young Maltese people aged 13-17 to participate in a short project with creatives that are sensitive to work with younger people. MalTeen is a year-long arts programme geared towards active youth involvement and empowerment and is produced in collaboration with AġenzijaŻgħażagħ, the National Youth Organisation.

4. ŻiguŻajg Festival: A residency with focus on children
Residency Duration: 2 – 3 weeks in October/ N0vember
Residency Location: Malta

The ŻiguŻajg residency seeks to engage artists to work with children and teens aged 6-12 on a creative endeavour which has empowerment, cross-collaboration with Maltese artists and creative development at its core. ŻiguŻajg is an annual children’s festival with a multidisciplinary programme that boasts the participation of internationally-acclaimed companies and a strong complement of commissions by Maltese creatives.

Artists’ Residency Programme Priorities

Applications will be considered in relation to the overarching strategic visions of Fondazzjoni Kreattività, however priority will be given to those applicants who:

  • collaborate directly and actively with local communities and cultures;
  • are willing to interact/network productively with Maltese creatives and/or organisations;
  • work within a context that relates directly to the listed programme/s of Fondazzjoni Kreattività;
  • present creative forms that are currently emerging or underrepresented in Malta and Gozo.


Fondazzjoni Kreattività will provide those selected with:

  • Accommodation (exact location to be determined at a later stage);
  • Project allowance;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Professional assistance in the coordination and development of the initiative.

Flight expenses are the responsibility of the selected applicants and need to be booked following consultation with Fondazzjoni Kreattività.

Call opens on Thursday 29th March 2018
Call closes on Thursday 31st May 2018
Decisions by Thursday 12th July 2018

To apply for the Artists’ Residency 2019, please see the form here.

More information
Fondazzjoni Kreattività mission statement:
Spazju Kreattiv strategic vision:
Artists’ Residency Programme Framework:
Gozo past residencies:
ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People:
Valletta 2018 Foundation mission statement:
Arts Council Malta Strategy 2020: