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MELANIE ERIXON

Founder - Art Sweven

It has been quite a long time that I have been dreaming of running an art gallery, I studied for it, but never found the time, opportunity and courage to actually start it. Some two years ago, I came across the word SWEVEN (dream) and decided that this will be part of the name of my imaginary gallery. One positive thing that this pandemic brought along is more free time and that’s when I used my time to really start on it (at least as an online gallery), with the big push given by my friend Antoine Farrugia who provided the perfect physical location where to hold exhibitions to complement my website, i.e. on top of one of my favourite places, the New Life Bar, in Mqabba, which we called il-Kamra ta’ Fuq.

A quick background check…

I graduated with a BA (Hons) History of Art (Malta) and read an MA in Museum & Heritage Management (Newcastle). The last couple of years I also attended two courses with Sotheby's Art Institute, on how to run a contemporary art gallery, and on curation. 

 

I was part of the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale team for 2 editions, where I focused on the events calendar coordination and assisting the curator - both editions of the biennale were under the artistic direction of Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci. I was also the producer and presenter for the Biennale radio show - Culture Vulture, which aired on Campus FM. Following this, I produced and presented another radio show series, under the auspices of the History of Art Department, University of Malta - also on Campus FM - Savoir Faire, which was delving into another of my passions - design.

 

I did an internship at Studio 104, in Valletta, (today Desko), under the amazing Michelle Morrissey - a woman who truly inspires me so much and whom I really miss working with.  We organized some interesting exhibitions and definitely learnt so much about running an art gallery!

 

From 2015 to 2018, I was the coordinator of the Strada Stretta Concept, under the artistic direction of Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci, a project under the auspices of the Valletta 2018 Foundation, where I was in charge of around 90 cultural events throughout the years, including operas, a fashion show, concerts, poetry evenings, lectures, art exhibitions, theatre and many other cultural events including collaborations with various embassies. This was an amazing experience which enhanced my network in the cultural sector immensely. 

 

I am slowly building a little art collection focusing on contemporary artists living on the Maltese Islands, whilst almost all my traveling (when that was possible) was linked to visiting major art exhibitions around Europe and I can’t live without my daily dose of good art, books and a good glass of wine.