Art in Public Spaces programme launched

Minister for Public Works and Planning Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi launches the Art in Public Spaces Programme 2022-2024

Minister for Public Works and Planning Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi announced details on the programme ‘Art in Public Spaces’ with an investment of €180,000, which will be financed by the Department of Public Works within the Ministry of Public Works and Planning.

Minister Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi said that, “Through the programme we are announcing today, we are continuing to provide our artists with more ways in which they can continue to express their talent.” Minister Zrinzo Azzopardi explained how, due to this programme, artistic projects by various artists will be installed in the local communities.

The Minister stated that as a result of this programme, six works of art will be selected and placed in six different localities. This will enhance open spaces within our localities for the enjoyment of residents and families, as part of the government’s effort to continue to improve the public’s quality of life.

“I encourage artists to apply for this ‘Art in Public Spaces’ programme, so that their works can be enjoyed by the public,” concluded Minister Zrinzo Azzopardi.

Chairman of the Selection Board Perit Ray Farrugia said that, “This programme is intended for collaboration between artists and local councils. In fact, in every project the artist is encouraged to involve as much as possible the local council and the community.”

From the applications submitted, a maximum of six projects by six different artists or groups of different artists will be selected. Each project is eligible for a maximum allocation of €30,000 inclusive of VAT, which will cover a variety of costs artists might face with regards to the project.

Those interested can attend an information session on Thursday, 12th May 2022 at 18:00 p.m., in Studio B at St James Cavalier, Castille Square, Valletta. The deadline for submissions is Friday 24th June 2022.