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International Call for an Artist in Residence at the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre as part of the Deep Shelter Project
Valletta 2018 invites creatives from all fields to apply for an immersive Artist-in-Residence programme linked with the Deep Shelter Project based at the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre (SAMOC) in San Gwann. The residency will take place at the centre between January 2018 and February 2018 and will run for 6 weeks.

It will include travel, accommodation and a per diem.

The successful candidate will create a site-specific work for the Oncology Centre. S/he will work closely together with project coordinator and artist in resident Pamela Baldacchino as well as Dr Benna Chase, Principal Psychologist at SAMOC.

The space defined is the central waiting area at the Radiotherapy Department. This area is also visually accessible through the Dayward and the artwork to be installed will have multiple viewpoints. The artist will have access to research being carried out in the oncology centre and continual liaison with project coordinator.

Addressing the relevance and specificity of the proposed artwork to the site and people occupying the space (patients and relatives) will be a crucial requirement. Staff will also be involved in an iterative process as they, together with patients, need to engage with artwork that they can recognise. Research related to artwork in hospital spaces shows that we cannot play with uncertainty - patients are in crises and meaning should be clear and tangible to all.

The Deep Shelter residency runs in the context of a growing cultural scene in Malta, led by Valletta’s European Capital of Culture title, and the Arts Council Malta’s Strategy 2020. The Residency Programme aims to enrich cultural diversity within the national creative scene, and encourage productive interaction between international creatives and local creatives; between international creatives and communities, as well as physical and virtual environments.

AiR applications will be considered in relation to the overarching strategic visions of Valletta 2018 and those of the Deep Shelter Project.

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