A walking tour of open artists’ studios

Dates: Sat 3rd & Sun 4th Nov 2018
Location: Multiple venues across St Julian’s and Sliema, Malta.
Ticket price: This event is free of charge to the visiting public
Deadline for applications: June 30th
Notification of selected artists: July 16th
Participation fee for selected artists: €75*
*Fee includes €35 ‘money back’ in the form of a €10 voucher for art materials from Vee Gee Bee Art and free annual membership to The Malta Arts and Culture Club’s new benefits scheme, worth €25.
Would you like to publicly show your work in a new and interesting way? Allura warmly invites artists to participate in The Trail. This high profile ‘open studio’ event will allow you to share your work and creative process by connecting you in person to a wider audience of residents and visitors from all walks of life.
Unlike a gallery exhibition, the ‘open studio’ experience is about sharing the pleasure and excitement of the making process itself. It’s informal, so people can relax and enjoy meeting the artist and talking about their work. It’s also an opportunity to network, collaborate or sell, just like an art fair or exhibition.
The Trail will be widely publicised to visitors through the Malta Tourism Authority, and locally through TV and media. It’s an event worth working towards for the exposure and opportunities it can afford.

The Trail is a walking tour of open artists’ studios. In total between 20 and 30 venues will be taking part; hosting a single artist or an entire group. Artists within The Trail area are invited to open up their workspace to the public, or be accommodated at pre-selected ‘host venues’ along with artists from outside areas. The idea is that you share your process in whichever way feels most natural. You might do this by working on an unfinished piece of work during the event, demonstrating techniques or equipment, or setting up workshops or activities, so people can try out your methods or style. We want everyone involved to have a really enjoyable and creative experience.

Similar trails have been running for some time overseas.

The Whiteknights Studio Trail

This UK trail is now in its 18th year, and is our international partner for this event.

Selection Criteria

In order to maintain a high standard in the quality of the work we accept, and due to the limited number of available venues, the process for choosing participating artists will be selective. We will be appointing a qualified and experienced panel to ensure that the process is carried out fairly and in accordance with our selection criteria.

We are most interested in artists and creatives whose work shows innovation of some sort, whether it be in its subject matter, format, concept, composition, design, materials, techniques or technology. We are looking for artists whose work will engage a public who want to see new and inspiring work. We would also like to achieve a balance between Maltese and international, young, old, new and experienced artists, whilst representing a wide range of disciplines and processes. We welcome everything from digital and photographic art, to sculpture, street and performance art, printmaking, painting, graphic and product design, as well as interesting combinations which defy classification.

Whilst we aim to include as many suitable artists as possible, please be aware that places are limited. Artists should apply by June 30th through the open call on this website, including five images of your work.