Gozo Centre for Art & Crafts Certificate Giving Ceremony

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Gozo Centre for Art & Crafts Certificate Giving CeremonyThe Gozo Centre for Art & Crafts has ended the current scholastic year with a number of activities, with the limelight focused on the Certificate Giving Ceremony.

The Centre understands the keen interest for art and crafts of the participants and consequently is motivated to nurture their abilities, thus reflecting each individual’s perspective towards art. Each year, participants are awarded for their achievement vis-à-vis their respective accomplished project.Gozo Centre for Art & Crafts Certificate Giving CeremonyAt this year’s ceremony 900 participants were awarded with certificates for projects executed during the previous year. The event was presided by the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, Mr Mario Azzopardi, Director Lifelong Learning and Fr. Charles Cini, School President, were also present.

Interested candidates wishing to pursue a learning experience at the Gozo Centre for Art & Crafts may do so by applying for one or more courses offered. Courses are available to students from primary level to adults. This year the oldest participant attending the centre reached the age of 87.

The call for applications for the forthcoming scholastic year, 2012 – 2013, will be open from the 17th to the 31st August, 2012. Applications will be available from all local councils in Gozo or on www.gozocentre.com.

It is in the Centre’s practise to host international artisans who train participants in subjects which are relatively new to Gozo. This aspect is endorsed by the seeking of amplified prospects for the nurturing of artistic heritage and culture. During the last years the centre hosted Mr. Thorkild Thogersen, a goldsmith and jewellery designer from Denmark, Professor Sergio Favotto from the Accademia Delle Belle Arti in Florence, who delivered a short course in Affresci and Still life painting and Mr Mario Di Liberto, from Caltagirone who held a workshop, entitled ‘La Ceramica Di Caltagirone.’

This year the Centre held a course featuring Religious Iconography with the assistance of the Embassy for Malta in Vienna. The course was delivered by Mr. Todor Radunov from Bulgaria, whose professionalism conducted to an excellent execution of the course.

The course was a unique opportunity presented to the Gozo Centre for Art and Crafts, in particular to the participants who attended the course. Being the first of its sort for Gozo, the course was met with great enthusiasm. All the participants of the course gave a positive feedback both for the professional delivery of the course and also for the experience acquired. The course featured methods and techniques in the art of icons and participants had the possibility to experience the techniques acquired and by executing hands-on their own icon.

The constant and constructive support of the Embassy of The United States of America in Malta is highly appreciated by the participants attending the Centre. Following the donation of books to the Centre’s library and the transmitting of DVCs, the Embassy extended its assistance by offering a unique possibility to participants attending the course in photography.

On the 19th of June, a group of participants accompanied by their Adult Educator will be attending a lecture delivered by Steven Mc Curry, a photographer from National Geographic at the MCC Valletta.

Photographs show the Certificate Giving Ceremony and below, particpants on the Religious Iconography Course.

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