Friday, 5 April will play host to the Collective’s second edition of its Creative Circuit, spread across 5 diverse venues in the capital. We take a glimpse into the spaces that will be opening their doors for this collaborative event, which will see 8 creatives - Maltese and international; established and emerging - coming together and connecting with the wider public.
SON Architecture Studio
SON Architecture Studio is the culmination of a childhood dream conceived by best friends and architects Mark Peregin and Mark Sullivan. Driven by an artistic sense for both the natural and built environments, their intrigue for imaginative contemporary design has fuelled their friendship and work dynamic. The duo set up their firm in the heart of Valletta, where the momentum of Malta’s art culture is fast unfolding. They believe that beauty enriches and inspires one’s life.
The team at SON Architecture Studio is striving to design sensitive solutions for the rehabilitation of historic buildings as well as propose efficient contemporary ideas for new structures.
135 Triq Melita
Co-founded by genuine food purveyor Julia Ripard and experienced sommelier Paolo Belluardo, Cru is reference point for wine-lovers and enthusiasts of all levels, offering a unique selection of wines unlike any other on the island. Focusing on those undervalued and affordable bottles together with hard-to- find classics from world-renowned wineries, Cru pairs its curated wine selection with a tapas-style menu of the freshest local produce, combining foreign delicacies of premium quality with a local twist.
16 Triq Santa Lucija
La Bottega Art Bistro
One of the latest creative spaces to open its doors in the capital city, La Bottega Art Bistro is a concept cafè managed by Lily Agius Gallery. A bistro that seeks to bring together like-minded people over food and art, every fixture and fitting has been custom-made by a master welder, reflecting a raw and natural aesthetic that is mirrored in the distinct art that is exhibited within.
201 Merchant Street
C. Bezzina Engineering Workshop
Founded in 1979 by Carmel Bezzina, this fascinating metal workshop hidden in one of Valletta’s side-streets is now run by his son, Mario Bezzina. What began as an engineering studio that serviced the flourishing jewellery trade of the time, the space gradually grew into an studio that would repair, craft and service engineering-related elements connected to everything from the marine industry to the dolceria market. Today, it remains the only such workshop that is continuing a family’s tradition and unique engineering craft.
71 Triq San Nikola
Borg Bakery, one of the last (if not only) authentic bakeries still functioning in Valletta. This family-run bakery has been baking traditional Maltese ħobż and pastries for several generations, as the age-old, Maltese bread-baking craft has been passed down from father to son.
76 Triq San Nikola
Creative Circuit ep. 02 shall take place across Valletta on 5 April 2019.