Spazju Kreattiv and  the China Cultural Centre in Malta (CCC), in collaboration with the Valletta Cultural Agency (VCA) and the Valletta Design Cluster (VDC), invites Chinese creatives from all fields to apply for an immersive and community-based artist-in-residence programme in 2022. Duration may vary from three (3) to four (4) weeks for residency projects taking place between June and December 2022.

The residency for Chinese artists is based in the context of the Spazju Kreattiv’s  remit to be a catalyst of contemporary expression, the China Cultural Centre in Malta remit to encourage cultural bilateral exchange between China and Malta through an array of creative encounters, and the Valletta Design Cluster’s aim to be a community space for cultural and creative practice. 

In such a framework, the residency is aimed  to enrich cultural diversity within the national creative scene by encouraging encounters and exchanges between international and Maltese artists, the creative collaborators and communities as well as the physical and virtual environments. The residency framework will provide the time for research and development as well as opportunities to engage with communities in the presentation of work.

Those interested can apply  for the following Artists’ Residency Programme strands:

  1. Spazju Kreattiv and CCC Artists’ Residency in Malta in collaboration with the Valletta Design Cluster

Residency Duration: 3 – 4 weeks

Residency Location: Valletta, Malta

Number of Residencies: 1

Spazju Kreattiv, and the CCC, in collaboration with the VCA and the VDC, is seeking proposals for residencies at a community space for cultural and creative practice situated in the renovated Old Abattoir building (Il-Biċċerija) in Valletta. The Valletta Design Cluster forms part of the Valletta Cultural Agency, a legacy organisation from the European Capital of Culture in Valletta, Malta in 2018. Preference will be given to applications dealing with contemporary creative practices.

These residencies will seek to provide selected artists-in-residence opportunities to collaborate with specific local communities having a shared interest in long-standing traditions, social trends and contemporary creative practices, including engagement with material culture (‘making’), urban space, and placemaking practices. Artists/creatives will have the opportunity to use the Valletta Design Cluster facilities, including digital fabrication equipment at its makerspace, co-working facilities, meeting/workshop rooms, foodspace, and public areas including its roof garden.  

Where the applicant is more than a single artist/practitioner, a justification needs to be provided showing how the identified theme will be addressed in a multidisciplinary multi-perspectival manner.

Artists’ Residency Programme Priorities

Applications will be considered in relation to the overarching strategic vision of Spazju Kreattiv centred around Artistic Excellence, Community Outreach and Internationalisation, and the aims of the CCC, the VCA and VDC respectively, however priority will be given to those applicants who seek to:

  1. collaborate directly and actively with local communities and cultures;
  2. willing to interact/network productively with Maltese creatives and/or organisations;
  3. work within a context that relates directly to the listed programme/s of Spazju Kreattiv;
  4. present creative forms that are currently emerging or underrepresented in Malta and Gozo.


Selected applicants will have the expenses covered for the below items: 

  • Flights (maximum subsidy of €1,500)
  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily subsistence
  • Project allowance

In addition to the above, selected applicants will be provided with professional assistance in the coordination and development of the initiative.

*Applications are only open to Chinese nationals with a good command of English language. 


Call opens on Tuesday, 7th December 2021

Call closes on Monday, 28th February 2022

Decisions communicated by Monday, 28th March 2022

More information:

Spazju Kreattiv strategic vision:

Artists’ Residency programme Framework and past residencies:

Valletta Design Cluster:

China Cultural Centre in Malta:

Applications have been closed.