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Guidelines for 2021

Context 

Premju għall-Arti is Arts Council Malta’s celebration of the main achievements of the Maltese cultural and creative industries. As highlighted in the Create2020 strategy, the Awards will give recognition to individuals and organisations who have excelled in their contribution to the advancement of Malta’s cultural and creative sectors. Il-Premju għal-Arti is an Arts Council Malta initiative.

 

A special edition

In 2020 we faced numerous challenges. Our lives seemed to pause for an instant as we saw our daily routines questioned and spaces so familiar to us close their doors. Following this short pause, most of us were then hit by a sense of urgency to adapt our practices to a new reality. We were placed in a position where we had to take well thought out yet immediate action for life to resume, for our work to carry on and for our practice to gain a new sense of relevance. In a time when theatres, galleries, museums and art spaces closed and physical distancing became the norm the creative and cultural community stepped up. In a matter of days, isolation transformed into a new experience. We could now sit in the comfort of our own homes and watch theatre, opera, dance, listen to live music, visit virtual galleries and feel a part of a community. 

Premju għall-Arti could not ignore this extraordinary year, and the efforts and challenges faced by organisations and artist in adapting to these circumstances. This special edition, Premju għall-Arti 2021, will recognise these extraordinary accomplishments and announce two special awards and four non-competitive honours.

Timeframes

The eligibility period for these special awards is between 1st March 2020 and 30th September 2020. Productions and projects which took place between 1st October 2019 and 14th March 2020 are eligible for Premju għall-Arti 2022. 

Nomination forms for the special COVID-19 edition may be submitted until 31st December 2020 (noon). Nominations for Premju għall-Arti 2021 submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. 

Nominations for the Premju għall-Arti 2022 are accepted throughout the year. The announcement of the nominees for Premju għall-Arti 2021 will take place in February 2021, the date for the official awards ceremony will be announced  in due course. 

The nomination process for the awards is based on an open call for nominations. Nomination for the honours are being accepted. These will then be evaluated by an internal board.

 

Categories

Competitive Awards

  • Award for Best initiative during COVID-19

  • Award for Best Production during COVID-19

Non-Competitive Honours

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Honour for Cultural Promoters

  • Honour for Artistic Legacy

  • Ambassador for the Arts

Award for Best initiative during COVID-19 pandemic

This award will recognise private entities (organisations, companies active in the cultural and creative sector and self-employed artists) who showed most innovative thinking and practice in creating initiatives to counteract limitations caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Entities receiving this award have offered the public an opportunity to experience artistic and creative practice, engage with the medium and created a sense of community and belonging. 

Eligible projects can be the creation of a platform, new initiatives or digital projects and productions created specifically during the pandemic and for the arts, culture or heritage. 

 

To make a strong case for this award, the nominee needs to consider and respond to the following questions: 

• Has the initiative strived for and reached the highest levels of excellence in artistic and production levels? 

• Has the initiative proposed important and significant collaborations with other artists, entities, partners and/or social agents? 

• Has the initiative contributed to the development of the artistic community and/or audiences? 

• Was the initiative engaging for its target audience?

• Has the initiative proposed an innovative approach in the methodology through the research, development and implementation, particularly in the use of new media and technology?

 

Award for Best Productions during COVID-19 pandemic

This award recognises the most outstanding artistic and creative production presented during the period affected by COVID-19 pandemic in terms of the quality of the work, its impact on the arts sector both nationally and, if relevant, internationally as well as the overall critical acclaim. Projects proposed can be artistic projects, performances, concerts, exhibitions, films, interdisciplinary artistic works and audio-visual works presented through any form of public presentation. 

Public Cultural Organisations, independent organisations, companies active in the cultural and creative sectors and self-employed artists are eligible to apply.  

To make a strong case for this award, the nominator needs to consider and respond to the following questions: 

• Has the work reached the highest levels of excellence in artistic and production levels? 

• Has the nominated work received significant positive critical acclaim? 

• If relevant, has the work proposed relevant and significant collaborations with other artists, entities and/or partners? 

• Has the nominated work provided opportunities for artistic development to the artists and collaborators involved? 

• Has the work left an impact on the national creative ecology? 

Lifetime achievement

This award will recognise an individual, who, during his/her lifetime has made significant creative contributions to Malta’s cultural and creative sector. 

Only individuals may be nominated for the award.

To make a strong case for this award, the nominator needs to consider and respond to the following questions:

  • Has the individual achieved significant personal achievements and positive critical acclaim?

  • Has the individual made significant outstanding and long-lasting contributions to Malta’s cultural and creative sector?

  • Has the individual made outstanding, long-lasting contributions, to advance, promote, and/or improve, the local cultural and creative sector?

 

Honour for Cultural Promoters

This award will recognize individuals, groups or organizations who have left a significant mark on the creative local and / or international sector. Those receiving the award are those who in their personal or professional capacity triggered, influenced, financed and had a positive impact on the national and / or international creative ecology.

To make a strong case for this award, the nominator needs to consider and respond to the following questions:

 

  • Has the organisation or individual contributed significantly to the local cultural and creative sector by financing creative projects, platforms and initiatives?

  • Has the organisation or individual in its/their personal or professional capacity enabled access to platforms and or networks which contributes positively to the national and/or international creative ecology?

  • Has the organisation/individual made significant outstanding contributions to Malta’s cultural and creative sector?

 

Honour for Artistic Legacy

This award will recognize individuals, groups or organizations who through their activities promote the Maltese cultural. Those receiving the award are individuals or organizations who promote national social values, traditions, customs, practices and aesthetics that highlight Maltese culture and hold tradition at the very heart of their activity.

To make a strong case for this award, the nominator needs to consider and respond to the following questions:

 

  • Has the organisation or individual contributed significantly to the local cultural and creative sector by promoting Malta’s cultural and artistic heritage in their research, preservation, production and advocacy? 

  • Has the organisation or individual in its/their personal or professional capacity engaged with the community to promote cultural and artistic legacy?

  • Has the organisation/individual made significant outstanding contributions to Malta’s cultural and creative sector?

 

Honour for Ambassador of the Arts

This award will recognise the outstanding contribution of an individual in advocating for and contributing to the cultural and creative industries in the Maltese islands. Those receiving the award are individuals who promote and advocate for the advancement of Malta’s cultural identity on national and international platforms. 

To make a strong case for this award, the nominator needs to consider and respond to the following questions:

 

  • Has the individual advocated for arts and culture on national and international platforms?

  • Has the organisation/individual made significant outstanding contributions to Malta’s cultural and creative sector?

 

Nominations

An online nominations form is found on premju.mt

Fill in the online form, nominations for the special Premju għall-Arti 2021 edition will be accepted until Thursday 31st  December, noon. Forms sent after the deadline will not be considered. Nominations for the 2019/2020 (October to March) and 2020/2021 season (as of 1st October 2020 if the COVID- 19 measures are lifted) will be accepted throughout the year. 

 

Once submitted, the Premju għall-Arti team will process the applications and contact the artist or producer of the work nominated, the nominees can then decline or accept their nomination by submitting the requested documentation (Apendix A).

 

Nominations may be submitted by Maltese or Malta-based individuals, organisations as well as public and/or private entities, depending on the category. Self-nominations are also accepted. All nominees should be Maltese/Malta-based individuals, organisations and public and/or private entities. In the case of groups or collectives, these need to be primarily based and operating from the Maltese islands.

 

Members of the Premju għall-Arti organisation team may not nominate a candidate and/or themselves for the awards. Members of the board who have nominated a candidate and/or themselves for the awards may not serve on the adjudication board of that award.

 

In the case of the honours the jury reserves the right to nominate individuals, if the nominations received do not fulfil the requirements of the category.

 

Any queries about the nomination process and/or the Awards are to be sent to awards@artscouncil.mt

 

Selection process

All nomination forms are evaluated according to established criteria and questions, as outlined above. Eligible forms will be assessed by a Jury composed of external evaluators and Arts Council Malta representatives. The Jury members will be selected based on their professional experience related to the categories and specific art forms. Jury members may assess more than one category. In the case of the four honours the Jury will be composed of Arts Council Malta representatives.

All submissions will be scored by the Jury. In order to qualify for an award, the submission needs to obtain at least 60 marks. In cases where only one nomination is submitted for a specific category, the submission would still need to obtain the minimum mark in order to qualify for the award. In case only one nomination from that specific category obtains the 60-minimum mark, then that submission would be the automatic winner of the category.

In case of a tie between two or more submissions that may impact the rank order of the nominees at evaluation stage, the evaluators will be invited to reassess the submissions and a second updated ranking order is established. This process may be repeated until a clear shortlist is established. The highest five ranking submissions will be announced as the nominees for Premju għall-Arti 2021.

In the eventuality of only one nominee in a specific category, then this nominee will not be announced during the nominees’ night but will be announced directly during the awards’ ceremony. Nominations for the honours will not be announced during the nominees’ event. No information on the selection process will be released before the official result notification. Any form of soliciting will automatically disqualify a nomination. All information received by Arts Council Malta, any appointed coordinators and the Jury will be considered confidential, both during and after the evaluation process.

 

Trophy

On the Awards’ night, the winners will be presented with a prestigious Arts Council Malta trophy created and developed by artist Kane Cali. 

 

Complaints

All complaints will be treated with confidentiality. Nominators or nominees can make a complaint regarding procedural anomalies and irregularities during the submission and evaluation process in terms of the procedures stipulated in these Guidelines and Regulations. Complaints cannot be made concerning:

  • The policies and procedures of Arts Council Malta or of the Government of Malta

  • The merits of the nomination in terms of the criteria stipulated in these Guidelines and Regulations.

  • Only nominators or nominees may file complaints concerning the nomination.

 

Filing a complaint

Complaints must be made in writing and must be as clear as possible. The complaint must state the grounds and the reasons for the complaint, providing a detailed explanation and justification supported by relevant documentation or testimonials as to why the complainant deems that irregularities were committed in the procedure/s stipulated in these Guidelines and Regulations or in standard good governance rules and regulations governing the public sector.

 

The decision at the end of the complaint process shall be final. Complaints need to be made to the Director of Strategy and Funding at Arts Council Malta within five (5) working days of receipt of the decision. You will normally receive a reply to your complaint within ten (10) working days.

 

In case you are not satisfied with the reply, Arts Council Malta will convene a Board that will discuss your complaint further. If you approach our complaints procedure, then you are accepting that we can use information about your nomination to address the complaint. The decision of the Board is final.

 

Contact us

For more information, you may call us on 23397020 or send us an email on awards@artscouncil.mt

Arts Council Malta
TG Complex Suite 1, Level 1
Brewery Street
Mriehel BKR 3000

 

Tel: +356 2334 7201/02

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