Ambassador of Malta in Poland inaugurates an exhibition of original paintings by Maltese artist Gabriel Buttigieg at the Armoury, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk.

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Oct 14, 2019
On the 8th October, the Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to Poland, Dr. John Paul Grech, inaugurated an exhibition of paintings by Maltese artist, Gabriel Buttigieg, at the Great Armoury, Academy of Fine Arts, Gdansk, Poland.  The exhibition will remain open until the 24th October 2019.

The Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk provides academic training to over 1000 students, at all academic levels and houses over 150 academics specializing in the various fields of art.

Entitled: ‘The Beach’, the exhibition was organised by the Embassy of Malta in Warsaw, in collaboration with the Arts Council Malta, the Academy of Fine Arts of Gdansk, the honorary consulate of Malta in Gdynia and other sponsors.

Professor Vince Briffa, Head of the Department of Digital Arts and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Media and Knowledge, University of Malta, was curator of the exhibition. 

The exhibition catalogue contained dedicated essays about the various aspects related to the exhibition, contributed by Professor Vince Briffa; Dr. John Paul Grech; Dr. Greta Darmanin-Kissaun, Head of Department of Psychology, University of Malta and Mr. Joe Farrugia, Lecturer, Visual Literacy for Marketers, University of Malta.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador Grech thanked Arts Council Malta, the Academy of Fine Arts of Gdansk and the honorary consul of Malta in Gdynia, Slawomir Kalicki, as well as private sponsors for their invaluable contribution in making this event possible.  He spoke about the need for countries to engage in joint cultural and artistic projects in order to generate a people-to-people approach and in so doing, raise mutual awareness about each other’s artistic and cultural heritage. He emphasized how this dove-tails with the cultural diplomacy segment of the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion as well as the mission statement of the Embassy of Malta in Poland.

The canvases - consisting of original works done specifically for this exhibition – are large in size and investigate human nature at its most intimate as well as its relationship with the sea – elements which find commonality amongst communities living in close proximity with a maritime environment, such as Gdansk and Malta.

Availing of the presence of Professor Vince Briffa, the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Prof. Krzysztof Polkowski and the Vice-Rector, agreed to kick-start an exchange of academics, specializing in the various branches of art, between the Academy and the University of Malta, on the basis of an agreement which should be signed between the two academic institutions.  In addition, once the exhibition is over, the Academy will be inviting artist Gabriel Buttigieg, back to Gdansk, to deliver a workshop to the students of the Academy with a view to share knowledge and experience about the craft.

The exhibition received an encouraging press and media coverage both in Malta and in Gdansk.