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The Wistin Camilleri Gozo Centre for Art and Crafts, first opened its doors to students on the 27th of December, 1989, under the name of Gozo School of Art.  At a later stage, the school was renamed after the Gozitan artist Wistin Camilleri, so as today the centre carries the name of The Wistin Camilleri, Gozo Centre for Art and Crafts.  From its inauguration the centre is continuously thriving to promote art, crafts and artisans on the island.  Proof of this is the continuous encouragement we get from the Directorate for Lifelong Learning within the Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family, regarding the numerous courses organized in the various disciplines of art and crafts.

The Centre believes in the potentials each participant is presented with and aims to enhance this aspect. This makes so that participants of different ages and backgrounds are enrolled in the Centre. The Wistin Camilleri Gozo Centre for Art and Crafts, is a public institution catering for participants starting from the young age of 7 upwards.

While aiming to develop a sense of inclusiveness in adult participants, targeting a goal of obtaining a sustainable career as an outcome through the courses offered, our goal differs with regards to courses available to young participants.  We retain that the young population attending the Centre enjoy them selves while expressing their abilities and further their views on innovative techniques in Art and Crafts.  The courses offered are Art Attack, Young Artist and Junior Lace.  Art Attack offers a variety of art and crafts, which lead the participant to choose at a later stage a particular way of expressing his abilities. Young artist is a course addressing art in a specific way. Junior lace introduces participants in the art of producing traditional and contemporary lace.   The Gozo Centre for Art and Crafts catered for 1438 participants, during scholastic 2011-2012Courses offered at the Centre reach 59 and are divided on 4 main categories; Fine Art – Trade – Contemporary and I.T. – General.  Apart the subjects which fall under these categories the Centre also offers Art and Craft sessions for persons with Special needs, Design and Crafts techniques for Secondary Schools students in the age group of 14 and 15 and Trade courses for the Employment and Training Corporation clients.

At the moment we are in the phase of calculating the measurements from the artist impression.  We already assigned the duties to do so to the teachers and students who are going to work on the project.

The aim of the prototype is to include as much as possible local crafts to create a prototype which displays our participation in Europe.

artist impression

artist impression

The Wistin Camilleri Gozo Centre for Art and Crafts, first opened its doors to students on the 27 th of December, 1989, under the name of Gozo School of Art. At a later stage, the school was renamed after the Gozitan artist Wistin Camilleri, so as today the centre carries the name of The Wistin Camilleri, Gozo Centre for Art and Crafts. From its inauguration the centre is continuously thriving to promote art, crafts and artisans on the island.

Proof of this is the continuous encouragement we get from the Ministry for Gozo. Each year, the need was being felt to shift the approach from a traditional school of art to a more contemporary approach, catering for more than hobbies or simple personal enrichment. To this regards the Ministry for Gozo decided to give a further boost to the Centre by extending it to a Crafts Development Centre. Such measure was made possible by funds obtained from the European Structural Funds for Malta 2004-2006.

The whole structure consists of 6 workshops, fully equipped with the latest machinery, equipment and IT system available, related to Silver/Gold Smith, Wood/Stone Carving, Metal Works, Pottery and Glass. A Conference Room and a large Exhibition Hall are installed in the new building, while the school’s administration offices have been transferred to the new block. Also included are kiln room and a staff room. The 10 units forming the Incubation Centre, have the facility of a separate exhibition hall. To facilitate the accessibility between the new and the old wing a lift system is also installed.

The completed project was inaugurated on Wednesday, 27 th February, 2008, by Hon. Lawrence Gonzi, Prime Minister of Malta and Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo.

The Centre believes in the constant upgrading of its recourses for a high standard accomplishment vis-à-vis the offered courses. To date the Ministry for Gozo contributes with the required funds in the acquisition of high tech machinery.

The Centre falls under the Directorate for Lifelong Learning within the Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family. The numerous courses organized in the various disciplines of art and crafts are co-ordinated by the Directorate Lifelong Learning. This year the number of courses available reached 66, 19 of which have been introduced for the first time. Every effort is made to offer a variety of courses, for the benefit of all Gozitans, and also the always increasing number of Maltese who opt to attend courses at the Centre.

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