‘Be the Artist’ winners announced

Heritage Malta is seeking to attract a new generation towards the national heritage.

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The winners of ‘Be The Artist’, an online competition launched in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic have been announced. The selected artistic submissions will be exhibited at MUŻA, the National Community Art Museum, and will also be shown on Heritage Malta’s website and Facebook page.

This was announced by Heritage Malta during a press conference by Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera and Dr Lydia Abela, spouse of the Prime Minister.

Between April and June, the ‘Be the Artist’ initiative called for artistic submissions from children aged 16 and under, in accordance to the various themes proposed by Heritage Malta. From prehistoric temples to traditional confections, Roman mosaics to art within MUŻA, Maltese and Gozitan children submitted over 260 artistic pieces.

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“It is of great importance that we bring children and teenagers closer to the arts and cultural heritage,” emphasised Herrera. “The fact that the winning submissions will be exhibited inside MUŻA is a prestigious award in itself since their art will reach more people.”

Dr Abela explained how art is very important as it fosters a sense of creativity, innovation and responsibility. “Malta has great talent among children and young people that we should all be proud of,” she stated. She stressed how we should continue to work towards greater accessibility of art for all, irrespective of age or social strata.

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Noel Zammit, Heritage Malta CEO, announced the renewal of Heritage Malta’s popular Student Passport Summer programme, increasing accessibility to the cultural heritage. “The programme will also include various artistic and physical activities within Heritage Malta’s sites,” explained Zammit.

Tickets are available from Thursday 9th July on Heritagemalta.org.