SPRING v2.2

It’s our last exhibition of 2021! We’re now in SPRING v2.2 and the exhibition entitled ‘How do you feel?’ curated by Elyse Tonna will be a collective exhibition showing works by Noah Fabri, Kamy Aquilina and Katel Delia which will be exploring different aspects of the growth economy.

Noah Fabri (b. 1999) is a recent graduate of the University of Malta having read a BA in Anthropology. Their background varies across artistic disciplines with a particular focus on literature and music. Fabri’s interests lie in socially-engaged artistic practice, theatre and film and they have created collaborative works such as the short film ‘In-Nani F’Art il-Ġganti’, the illustrated short story ‘Dar Imħawra’, and the performance ‘Huma Min Huma?’ They are particularly interested in investigating issues related to walking, space, gender and the effects of politics on everyday life.

Kamy Aquilina (b.1989) is a Fine Artist and art educator based in Malta, graduated with a B.A. Hons Degree in Fine Arts. Kamy participated in different collaborative art projects, art festivals, and art exhibitions locally and abroad.  ‘Xlokk Kaħlani’ was Kamy’s first solo exhibition at the Malta Society of Arts. Her artworks are based on different personal journeys using mixed media, the visual narrative, multi-sensory art, space, and colour while often using photography as a starting point.

Katel Delia (b. 1975) born in France, is deeply attached to her Maltese origins and has been living and working between Malta and Paris since 2016. In 1999, she completed her DNSEP degree at the Beaux-Arts de Rennes. Since 2000 she has worked as an artistic director and then functional project manager. Her artistic practice

focuses on the creation of installations which combine photography, sculpture and writing. She is interested in exploring traces of the past which in turn reflect into the present. Delia is also keen to investigate perception of spaces. In 2021 she was awarded the 10th CAP Prize, Contemporary African Photography Prize, for a photography series. Her work was also featured in variousphoto festivals in France and in Malta. She had two solo exhibitions at Spazju Kreattiv ‘Malta – Tunis – Marseille’ in 2021 and ‘Familja migrAzzjoni. I was born there, but I live here…’ in 2017. Delia also participated in collective exhibitions including The Mdina Biennale, Malta Society of Arts, Christine X Gallery, Gabriel Caruana Foundation and at Il-Kamra ta’ Fuq.

‘How do you feel?’ seeks to challenge and engage in the international debate of neo-liberal policies and urbanization, drawing on local examples of economic, environmental and social concern. Noah Fabri, Katel Delia and Kamy Aquilina challenge varied aspects associated with the intensified transformative urbanisation processes currently ongoing in Malta.

SPRING v2.2 launches Friday 19th November at 5pm and will run until Friday 10th December, at The Mill – Art, Culture and Crafts Centre, Birkirkara. We have one open day on Saturday 20th November from 4pm till 8pm. The Mill is also open Wednesdays, Thursdays between 5pm and 7.30pm and Fridays between 5pm and 8pm.

Venue: The Mill – Art, Culture and Crafts Centre

Dates: Friday 19th November at 5pm and will run until Friday 10th December,

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 17:00 – 19:30 (20:00 on Fridays)

Special opening hours: Saturday 20th November from 4pm till 8pm.

Closed weekends and public holidays unless stated otherwise (see special opening hours).

Walk-ins welcome.

Note on Health and Safety: The GCF volunteers will ensure implementation of health and safety protocols (registration at the door for contact tracing, mask on, sanitizer, temperature and 2m distance, if maximum capacity is reached, visitors will be kindly asked to wait outside).

WHAT IS SPRING?

SPRING is a programme by the Gabriel Caruana Foundation to support early career contemporary artists. Supporting artists and collectives by exhibiting at The Mill has been a core principle of the Foundation and also of Gabriel and Mary Rose Caruana, the founders of The Mill – Art, Culture and Crafts Centre.
Since 2017, the Gabriel Caruana Foundation has supported emerging artists by dedicating its exhibition space for solo exhibitions at The Mill. The process is varied and goes beyond simply supporting the set-up of an artistic showcase. The Foundation strives to support emerging artists/collectives in various ways through curation, ideation of projects, concept and project development, funding and sponsor support, sales of artworks, marketing and internationalisation.
This support has organically grown into SPRING, a programme that conceptually ties in with the notion of creating a platform for the promotion of work by emerging artists/collectives. This enables them to kickstart or further expose their work and artistic career giving them the space to investigate and intervene. The SPRING programme is evolving to support emerging artists/collectives through different modalities.
The SPRING programme is now two-pronged. We offer an annual month-long solo exhibition to an emerging artist/artist collective during the Spring season. We are also offering a dedicated exhibition space for emerging artists/artist collectives throughout the year through a rolling open call. The selected artists are also contributing towards the Foundation by dedicating some of their time to be actively involved in running the Foundation and The Mill.