Art recognised by the citizen – President

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici launches 'Premju għall-Arti 2019', under the patronage of President George Vella-San Anton Palace, Attard-1-10-19 DOI/Kevin Abela

It is possible to measure people’s appreciation of the arts by the way they vote in the Il-Premju għall-Arti competition, President George Vella has said.

He added that the competition had an, ‘element of democratization of the arts’ within it, that art can be recognised as artistic by the citizen and thus nominated for the competition.  

President Vella was speaking at the launch of the third edition of the Arts Council’s Il-Premju għall-Arti.

The competition aims to give the public the chance to view a series of art pieces which contribute to Malta’s cultural and creative sector. The contest is open until November 15th.

The public can then nominate by filling in and submitting a form on the premju website. The team running the contest then contact the creator, who then either accepts of declines the nomination.

There are 10 categories in the contest; Artist of the Year, Production of the Year, Best Creative Enterprise, and an Award for Innovation. Il-Premju għall-Arti will also award three non-competitive honours: the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Honour for Cultural Promoters and the Honour for Artistic Legacy.

The award ceremony for the winners then takes place in April 2020.

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici launches ‘Premju għall-Arti 2019’, under the patronage of President George Vella-San Anton Palace, Attard-1-10-19
DOI/Kevin Abela

Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici, told the audience that, ‘As a Government we work towards strengthening the cultural scene in our country, and thanks to this initiative which is now in its third year, we are awarding excellence in the field of culture and the arts, whilst encouraging more professionalism and distinction within the sector.’

For more information, call Arts Council Malta on 2339 7019, or send an email on awards@artscouncilmalta.org.