The Artraker Biennial Awards and Art of Peace Exhibition is a global event that recognizes art and artists that make critical contributions to peace around the world. The 2017 awards and exhibition were held in Valletta (Malta), which is the new home of Artraker, and curated by Fabrizio Mifsud Soler. We were very pleased to be organising the event at Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier and in partnership with the British Council (Malta), who are also celebrating their 80th anniversary this year. Her Excellency, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta opened the exhibition and present the awards to the winners.
As a Maltese voluntary organization, the Artraker Foundation believes in merging international art and national culture and priorities. We therefore showcased the Artraker Biennial Awards winners and runners-up alongside works drawn by Maltese artists and art generated by the One in a Million art-impact project, where Maltese schoolchildren prepared artwork that reflected their appreciation of diversity. The core concept of the Art of Peace Exhibition is that of a mosaic; showcasing international and Maltese artists together, alongside children’s art.