August in Gozo – A veritable feast of art Exhibitions
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Many Maltese choose this time of year to spend a short or long stay on the sister island of Gozo. These visits, or rather domestic tourism as it is better known, has somewhat changed in its nature, whereby what was a once a year visit has transformed itself into more regular weekend breaks throughout the year.
However the fact remains that August is synonymous with holidays and therefore even this year the island of Gozo is expected to attract numerous people from across the channel as well as many foreign visitors.
Apart from the natural and cultural attractions associated with this time of year, a number of art exhibitions are serving as added attractions during these days.‘The Sirens Wail’ is an interartistic exhibition co-ordinated by Amina Contin in which sculptures by Giorgio Benedetti, works by photographer Elena Ermacora and jewellery by stylist Miroslava Rumenoff are being exhibited. Apart from the artistic aspect, this event which is being held at the Cittadella Centre for Culture and the Arts, will also include a special evening in which italian actor Gianluigi Tosto who will recite the Odyssea with the participation of renowned actress and singer Teresa Fallai.
This event will be held at the Citadel on Saturday, the 22nd of August at 9pm. Another connected event, was one which took place on August the 8th, whereby Giorgio Benedetti donated a sculpture to the island of Gozo. Mr Anthony Borg, Head of secretariat within the Ministry for Gozo received the sculpture on behalf of Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo. ‘The Sirens’ Wail’ is open for viewing from Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm. On the 15th, 16th, 17th and 22nd of August the exhibition will also be open between 7pm and 10pm.
Another exhibition being currently held at the Cittadella Centre for Culture and the Arts, is by gozitan artist Christopher Saliba. Through Formations, the artist abstractly interprets the interaction between the Gozitan natural environment and man-made forms. Saliba’s interpretation suggests a sense of timelessness, unity and balance through an interesting effect of colour and texture that characterise his works.
Texture and material also form the basis of another exhibition housed within the Exhibition Hall of the Ministry for Gozo. Another Gozitan artist, Charlie Camilleri, is exhibiting works in papier machè aptly entitled ‘Blended Art.’ Apart from the impressive effect of these works, the interesting blending of colour and the techniques used by the artist are also a remarkable aspect of this exhibition.
The space normally allocated for art exhibits at the Banca Giuratale was not left empty either. The salesians of Don Bosco have set up an exhibition of watercolour miniatures of British artist Ruth Basmeister. The works portray typical scenes of Malta and Gozo and will be available for viewing up to the 15th of August.
The Gozo Council for Culture and Art within the Ministry for Gozo co-ordinates various cultural and artistic events throughout the year. At the inauguration of one the exhibitions, Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, was quoted as saying that the Ministry for Gozo’s endeavours in this regard resulted in a considerable increase in the interest shown by both local and foreign artists in Gozo.