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Jul 15


July 15 @ 7:00 pm - August 15 @ 9:00 pm


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Exhibition by Sarah Calleja

The grand harbour is a testament of our existence as an island and has been used since prehistoric times.
Wherever you stand along its shores there is a great sense of place, one stands and dreams of tales untold. Sarah Calleja’s grandmother’s stories from WW2 and the most awaited convoy of Santa Maria is her earliest nostalgic memory of the grand harbour. It instils a feeling of magic, of identity, of appreciating its present beauty and curiosity about its past.
In her works artist Sarah Calleja has tried to translate this feeling with great simplicity, attempting to capture the aura, the intangible part that is instilled in her. She chose to work with a restricted palette with some works using only one colour and others using five colours. Painting only the essence, eliminating most detail, in a mass of colour a sliver of light, often using wisely the white paper.

In this watercolour journey Calleja tries not to restrain the colour but to work with water as part of the medium. Allowing the paint to work in sync with the water. Through many a trial and error, she has selected which pigments to use to have the right strength, and which pigments to use to create exciting water marks, and how they work when placed next to each other. The chemical composition of the pigment allows some colours to travel faster through the water, sometimes breaking up into their constituent colours.
Working both en plein air and in the studio with this collection of works Calleja feels that she has harboured the sense of place within each painting.

📅 The exhibition will run from 15th July until 15th August at Il-Kamra ta’ Fuq, Mqabba.
🕖 Opening hours:
Mondays – Saturdays: 6am – noon
Sundays: 7am – noon

Extra evening hours:
Tuesday 9th August 7pm till 9pm (artist present)
Wednesday 10th August 7pm till 9pm
TThursday 11th August 7pm till 9pm
Friday 12th August 7pm till 9pm
Saturday 13th August 7pm till 9pm
Sunday 14th August 7pm till 9pm
Monday 15th August 7pm till 9pm
📣 More evening hours will be announced weekly.

Thank you to our sponsors Culture Venture, Wine Factor Malta, New Life Bar – Mqabba, Beati Paoli Restaurant, Best Print Malta, IlabPhoto and Clinton Zammit.


July 15 @ 7:00 pm
August 15 @ 9:00 pm
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