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Day of the Mediterranean 2022

Changing Gear will be participating in the 2022 Day of the Mediterranean, organised by the Union for the Mediterranean, with a series of lectures and discussion being held between the 22nd and the 29th of November.


and view the event listing here.


Public lecture with Cristóbal Gabarrón at UM

Contemporary Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón has been invited by the Modern and Contemporary Art section of the Department of Art and Art History, University of Malta, to give a public lecture on his relationship with Mediterranean identity and how this has been explored in his work.

The lecture will be held on Friday 9th December at 16.15 at Gateway Hall C, University of Malta Msida Campus.



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Contemporary Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón gave a talk on the 9th of December 2022 at the University of Malta on the Mediterranean aspects of his oeuvre. This event was organised by Changing Gear and the Modern and Contemporary Art unit of the Department of Art and Art History, University of Malta. 

For images of the event, click on here.

Day of the Mediterranean 2022 participation featured on MaltaToday, The Sunday Times of Malta, and The Malta Independent on Sunday

Launch of Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci's latest publication

In his new publication, Cervantes: 400 Years of Visual Silence (Horizons, 2022), Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci unpacks a bold debate on the visual artistic relationship between Malta and Spain, specifically on the connections, or apparent lack thereof, to Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. 


This is the first publication to form part of the Changing Gear research project which focuses on the Modern and Contemporary art of the Mediterranean region. 


More information available here.

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First Changing Gear and APS Mdina Biennale team meeting for 2023

Members from the Changing Gear and the APS Mdina Biennale team met on the 3rd January to resume planning for the busy year ahead.

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Two months to go until the opening of the APS Mdina Biennale 2023

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Meeting with Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón

On 2nd November, 2022, students from the Spanish and Latin American Modern and Contemporary art class, led by Dr Nikki Petroni, had the opportunity of meeting with Spanish contemporary artist Cristóbal Gabarrón who is in Malta for his exhibition 'The Colours of Hope' at Spazju Kreattiv.

The students got a preview of the exhibition thanks to curator Rupert Cefai and Cris Gabarrón, President of the Gabarrón Foundation.

The course is jointly organised by the University of Malta's Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies and the Department of Art and Art History, which the Mediterranean Modern Art section, directed by Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci, forms part of. This event complemented
and enriched the schedule of activities and exchange of the corresponding project 'Changing Gear'.

View image here.


Day of the Mediterranean 2022 

A series of lectures were organised to commemorate the Day of the Mediterranean in collaboration with the Union for the Mediterranean from the 22nd to the 29th November. These lectures, delivered by Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci, addressed various socio-political aspects related to the evolution of twentieth-century Mediterranean art. 

Image available here.

'Fertility as Spirituality in Modern Art: Mediterranean Mythology and Beyond' - international conference on Mediterranean Modern Art

A call for papers is open for the conference 'Fertility as Spirituality in Modern Art: Mediterranean Mythology and Beyond' which will be held on November 28, 2023. 

Abstracts of c. 250 words must be sent to and by June 30, 2023. For the conference abstract, please visit the 'Conference' page on this website.

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