MUŻA, the National Museum of Art, is launching the second Call for Exhibition Proposals and Call for Artists in Residence since opening its doors back in 2018. This follows a number of excellent proposals which have been submitted during the first call. Therefore, MUŻA will again be inviting interested applicants to submit challenging, curious, and immersive experiences which will be available on our calendar for temporary exhibitions and residencies between September 2021 and January 2023.

Artistic Vision and Objectives:

Art and Culture is an integral part of how we see our community’s adherence to social practices which helps to sustain a cultural profile in an ever changing civilization. We are convinced that high quality and visionary curated exhibitions can have a significant and long-term effect which incorporate the responsibility towards reflecting the values and issues pertinent to our society today. MUŻA has gone through significant developments, evolution and growth, and is looking to move into continuous new eras of innovation.

The development of the Digital and Information Age is redefining gaps between the audience, the artist and the museum. Digitization occupies a prominent place in MUŻA’s focus which is absolutely necessary in order to safeguard our sector’s future viability and knowledge.

The MUŻA Call for Proposals is driven by values of inclusivity and openness and wishes to act as a stimulant at this opportune time to reassess and reaffirm the socially-responsive connections that art celebrates through human experiences within the unique infrastructure of our culture. Such objectives aim to foster interest and participation in the arts amongst all community members whilst supporting local and regional artists by providing an opportunity to exhibit their work.

MUŻA Mission Statement

MUŻA is the National Museum of Art, branded as the Malta National-Community Art Museum. The word MUŻA is a translation of the Maltese word for ‘inspiration’ and also stands as an acronym for MUŻ(ew Nazzjonali tal-)A(rti), in English – National Museum of Art. It also refers to the muses, the mythological figures from Classical Antiquity inspiring creativity and, in effect, the etymological source of the word, ‘museum’.

MUŻA strives to show the history of the National Collection, and the values that have shaped it over time. The MUŻA project aims to rethink the collection as a source of inspiration for the Maltese community and beyond. The project will keep questioning the relevance of museums and how they remain dynamic and vibrant institutions in this day and age.

MUŻA seeks to adopt and purposely develop a participatory museum model for the arts, with particular reference to its national art museum remit. Community and nation are, by consequence, overlain and traditional museum audiences are rethought into participants and inhabitants.

MUŻA seeks to become a significant community asset promoting social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, creativity and inspiration. It promotes greater participation by the community through a story-based narrative of display and related objects, and utilises a broader range of access tools to experience heritage and culture.

For this purpose, MUŻA is understood as a hybrid of public spaces, galleries and retail facilities equally relevant within one interconnecting weave of services and facilities that define MUŻA as a National-Community Art Museum.

Call availability:

All interested applicants wishing to showcase their projects and/or exhibitions between September 2021 and January 2023 are to apply through the online call for proposals which is available between October 2020 and March 2021. The online application form is available on the Heritage Malta website.

For a concise breakdown of dates pertaining to this Call, kindly refer to the timeline further below.

Application procedure:

Step 1 – The interested applicant fills in the application, attaches the required documents and presses ‘submit’. The applicant receives a receipt of application through the provided email address.

Step 2 – Where necessary, applicants will be contacted for further questioning on any queries presented by the Exhibitions Board. Applicants have 1 week to answer queries pertaining to their application.

Step 3 – Accepted applicants will be contacted by the Curators team to start the necessary discussions and way forward.

Timeline:

Start of programme – Wednesday 1st September 2021

End of programme – Sunday 8th January 2023


Available spaces + site plans + available items/services per site:

Curatorial plans: Applicants are requested to take note of the site plans provided and to send a detailed curatorial plan along with the application form and attachments. The attached plans will be an indication of the proposed exhibition and is not in any way considered to be the final curatorial outcome. Final stages of the curatorial plan will be discussed with and confirmed by Heritage Malta’s curatorial, exhibitions and logistics staff.

The exhibition can be held according to the applicant’s choice in one of the spaces at MUŻA mentioned below (unless Heritage Malta directs the applicant to another space). The choice of site should be clearly indicated in the application.

Camerone

Ideally used for solo/collective exhibitions.

Exhibitions by one artist or a collective can be held in this space. This exhibition should be accompanied by a catalogue and it should be a curated exhibition with all basics including marketing, social media, info panels, captions and general interpretation up to high standards.

MUZA – Camerone site plan

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Community Space

Ideally used for hands-on/residency exhibitions.

Smaller exhibitions can be held in this space.  The space should serve as a pedagogical area where, apart from the final artworks, artists should present ongoing development and should also organise some sort of educational workshop or lecture. Curated shows are recommended.

The other purpose of this room is to invite artists for short residences where they can work within this space while interacting with visitors at MUŻA. As a residency MUŻA will accommodate artists during opening hours only, from 9.00 till 17.00 from Monday to Sunday.

MUZA – Community Space site plan

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Public Space

Ideally used for exhibitions/site-specific work.

Applicants can choose the courtyard (half of which only can be used for the allocation of works), and/or the corridors between the two entrances/exits. The applicant should keep in mind that this is a public space with free access. Any damages are the applicants’ responsibility. Free-standing, large-scale and installation works are highly recommended.

MUZA – Corridor 1 site plan

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MUZA – Corridor 2 site plan

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MUZA – Courtyard site plan

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Applicant Benefits:

  • Accepted exhibition and residency applicants will benefit from free use of the Auberge d’Italie space/s confirmed by the Curatorial team and adhering to the call’s available spaces.
  • The opportunity to form part and exhibit as part of the MUŻA creative calendar. Residency applicants have the opportunity to produce work within one of the Auberge d’Italie spaces and to form part of the MUŻA creative calendar.
  • Applicants will coordinate with, be assisted and supported by Heritage Malta’s exhibitions, logistics and curatorial staff for the setting up of their exhibitions.
  • The accepted applicant will receive installation support consisting of basic exhibition logistics such as basic lighting and a selection of technical construction to be confirmed with the Exhibitions and Design Department.
  • The applicant will benefit from in-house marketing and promotional elements confirmed with the curatorial and marketing teams including an in-house leaflet design and printing for every project/exhibition on the programme.
  • Overtime of Front of House staff covered during inauguration of project/exhibition.

Proposal submission guidelines and conditions:

  • All interested Projects/Curators/Artists wishing to form part of the MUŻA creative calendar must submit an application using the online system presented hereunder.
  • All proposals must be submitted by the closing deadline. Any proposals submitted after the final deadline will not be considered.
  • All proposals are to adhere to creative and artistic practices presented in the artistic vision and the MUŻA mission statement above.
  • Accepted residency applicants are provided with a space to work. Lodging, catering and travel are to be taken care of by the applicant.
  • Exhibitions will not be charged but an artwork is to be donated to Heritage Malta to form part of the National Collection. Final choice of artwork will be decided together with the curatorial team.
  • Venue reservations will not be considered on the MUŻA call for proposals and part of the creative programme. For venue reservations kindly email info@muza.org.mt.
  • Attached documents are to be submitted in PDF format.
  • Lists of prices and means to mark an artwork as ‘sold’ or ‘reserved’ are not permitted.
  • For the inauguration and any other events tied exclusively to the exhibition, artists will avail themselves of MUŻA Café’s catering facilities.
  • A formal agreement including all terms and conditions will be signed by Heritage Malta and the applicant following acceptance of the proposal.
  • Any indication or suggestion of dates by the applicant in the proposal will be taken into consideration but not guaranteed. The final dates will be confirmed through an agreement signed between the applicant and Heritage Malta. All changes to dates following the signed agreement will be agreed upon and confirmed in writing with Heritage Malta and a MUŻA delegate.
  • The applicant is responsible for any other expenses which might include extra catalogues/leaflets, additional lighting and further display material not available at MUŻA, Heritage Malta. These also include staff costs for additional events beyond inauguration, when extra initiatives are held beyond the museum’s opening hours.
  • Incomplete applications may not be considered.
  • Any extensive changes occurring after proposal submissions are to be duly noted by sending an email to info@muza.org.mt.
  • If you require assistance filling in the online application form, kindly email info@muza.org.mt or call on +356 2122 0006.

To apply please click: HERE

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