The Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale, with Main Sponsor APS Bank, will take place between 13 November 2015 and 7 January 2016 in the medieval walled city of Mdina, Malta. Establishing a stimulating modern environment presenting a host of artists from diverse cultural backgrounds under one theme, the 2015 edition makes a radically shift from its previous incarnations, evolving from the first such event in Mdina, ‘Contemporary Sacred Art in Malta’ of 1994, and the subsequent exhibitions entitled ‘Contemporary Christian Art’. The theme for 2015 is ‘Christianity, Spirituality and the Other’, ‘The Other’ standing for faith and non-faith, belief and non-belief, theist and atheist, agnostic and polytheist.

ARTNAKED were delighted to announce their association as Creative Sponsor, curating the work of several British and international artists as part of the Biennale. ARTNAKED presents a careful selection of artists chosen for ability to respond intelligently and essentially to the theme, as well as deep knowledge of their long-standing artistic development: Adam Dix, Madeleine Fenwick, Andrew Hancock and Richard Shields (UK); Sergei Isakov (Russia); and Lena Lapschina (Austria).

Several artists from this selection made new work especially for the Biennale, in a direct response to the spirituality and bodily materiality of the island, and specifically Mdina itself. 

Richard Shields, 'From the cradle to the grave with empty pockets in situ at St Paul's Cathedral, Mdina. Image courtesy ARTNAKED.jpg