Will there be another Malta Design Week?

808 Association announces new leadership team.
Malta Design Week 2014 at Fort St Elmo. Photo: Sean Mallia

The renowned Malta Design Week is set to continue under the new leadership team of 808 Association, which also aims, as part of its mission, to introduce Malta Art Week, a new event focusing on integrating local and international stakeholders from the art world.

808 Association, known for organising popular design events such as MDW, has announced a new leadership team for its executive committee, originally set up by Chris Briffa, Albert Delia and Justin Schembri in 2011.

After successfully hosting MDW in 2011 and 2014, as well as other design-related events throughout the years, the founding members are handing over the reins to Karolina Rostkowska, an entrepreneur in the creative sector, Maria Galea, cultural strategist, curator and art advisor, and Elyse Tonna, curator and design architect.

The non-profit voluntary organisation remains dedicated to increasing public appreciation and understanding of design through collaboration with design practitioners, policymakers and organisations that recognise design as a “force for good”.

MDW was always a curious exploration of every imaginable design discipline, the new team said, adding that “we aim to build upon that mission with an emphasis on experimentation, innovation and the development of expertise and talent.

“We will continue to highlight the importance of design in our everyday lives and once again make space for emerging and established design talent,” said Rostkowska, the new president of 808 Association.

The association will work closely with industry insiders to understand their needs, which, in turn, will facilitate the planning and implementation of design-related activities effectively.

These include multidisciplinary events, such as exhibitions, creative incubators, performances, lectures, networking events, public meetings, conferences and fairs.

The new team behind the 808 Association brings a blend of skills and fresh perspectives, which will help broaden the existing vision of the organisation, the team said.

Industry practitioners and partners, who believe that design is a necessity to shape the collective future, are encouraged to reach out to the 808 Association to discuss collaboration.


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