Transformer is a multifaceted, two-year project presented by Blitz, in collaboration with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and culminating in a multi-site exhibition.

The project will build a relationship between a Maltes artistic context and an international cultural network through a series of border- crossing curatorial and artistic exchanges. The project includes curatorial research, artist residencies, public talks, workshops and a series of site-specific exhibitions in spaces across Malta during the 2018 European Capital of Culture year.

The activities will be a collaboration between project partners: Blitz in Valetta, CeRCCa in Barcelona, Le18 and Atelier Observatoire in Marrakech and Casablanca, and 3 137 in Athens, with the aim of building a network which will help develop Artist Run Organisations (AROs) and the contemporary art context in Malta.

Transformer focuses on the dynamic generated by AROs and their engagement with contingencies of the present, engendering artistic discourse via artists-based research activities in-situ. Transformer institutes a ground-up, grassroots, sustainable and long-lasting interchange; nurturing, developing and extending the activity of the Maltese contemporary art scene, widening its sphere of influence, and embedding it within European and international communities of practice. Transformer is supported by the Multi-Annual Support Grant – Arts Council Malta and is part of the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture programme.

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