Blitz is an independent, not-for-profit, project space which supports experimental and radical arts practice in all its forms. Blitz is a space to develop ideas, build relationships and nurture creative talent.
Blitz operates within a four-level, 400-year-old Valletta townhouse, which has been repurposed into a site for residencies, exhibitions and education, and a social space for the creative and the curious.
Blitz is a curated space with a focus on contemporary existence, its constant state of flux, and the ubiquitous presence of digital culture. Our mission is to work closely with artists, curators, writers and researchers who are articulating these trends through cross-media and trans-disciplinary practice.
In developing a sustainable independent art space, Blitz programmes seek to engage new audiences in contemporary arts; investigate how access to high-quality exhibitions can be improved; and serve as the impetus to expand the local contemporary cultural infrastructure. Blitz aims to break down all barriers to the the enjoyment of contemporary art, engendering a culture which recognises the the positive effects of being culturally active for individuals, communities, and society at large.
The Blitz Residency Programme is a core strand of its artistic and public programme, created to facilitate a long-term, international artistic cultural exchange, while fortifying our role as cultural incubator and advocate organisation for contemporary art practice in Malta. Invited residents are given a dedicated live / work space within the Blitz building. Our objective is to invite artists working across creative fields in a range of media, including (but not limited to) film, photography, performance, sound, immersive installation and digital platforms. Invited residents are encouraged to experiment and research their project, culminating in a final production for presentation to the public, which can take the form of an exhibition, performance, publication, screening, series of talks or workshops etc, depending on the nature of the resident’s work. Local engagement is crucial to the programme, taking the form of open studio days, workshops and talks for a local community of artists, researchers, educators, professionals and students.
The Blitz residency is located in a 400-year-old Valletta townhouse, lovingly restored to its former glory. Since 2013 the building has been repurposed as a space for exhibitions and events, an in-house residency programme, as well as a social space for the creative and the curious. Large blank walls and beautiful pattern-tiled floors can be found in every room on each of its three floors. The space is versatile as it is beautiful and rich with history. It is a unique space in the heart of the city that will be European Capital of Culture in 2018.
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Blitz is supported by Arts Council Malta through a Cultural Partnership Agreement. The Blitz Residency Programme is supported by the Valletta 2018 Foundation.