The locality of Marsa through its children’s eyes

Vivian hosts painting competition for schools in the locality
A student’s colourful depiction of Marsa which now adorns the Vivian offices.

Marsa might not immediately stand out as a picturesque locality but when Vivian recently launched a drawing and painting competition for school children who attend the locality’s three schools, the response was not only astounding but very colourful and varied.

The chosen competition theme ‘Wellbeing in Marsa’s Community’ invited students to reimagine their community through the lens of well-being, kindness and togetherness, to capture the vibrancy of community life and to showcase the beauty of Marsa’s more important landmarks.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm shown by the participating schools. Not only did we receive over 150 drawings and paintings, but these were also full of colour, ideas and interesting insight!” Claire Anastasi, Vivian’s marketing executive, said.

From left: Vivian marketing manager Claire Anastasi and managing director Denise Borg Manche, with Edwina Gatt, art music and drama teacher, and Sr Antonia Bugeja from Teresa Nuzzo Primary School with four of the student winners: Liam Cassar, Julia Marie Mansueto, Estelle Mangion and Martina Tonna.

Vivian, a leading Maltese healthcare and wellness company, relocated to its new premises in Marsa in August 2023 and one of its main commitments was to support the community by engaging in deeper and more meaningful connections.

St Augustine College winners Luigi Carlo Farrugia and Matteo Sacco with teacher Joanne Fenech Portelli.

“We believe that art has the power to inspire, uplift and unite communities. By bringing the imagination and creativity of Marsa’s young generation into our workplace, we wanted to foster a sense of community pride in the children of Marsa, to offer a platform for young talent to shine as well as develop a connection with Vivian,” Anastasi added.

The competition was opened to Year 4 and Year 5 students from all primary schools in Marsa and entries were judged on creativity, originality, adherence to theme and overall artistic expression by Vivian’s internal branding committee.

The selected six winning paintings from Teresa Nuzzo Primary School and St Augustine College, have now been enlarged and reproduced on foam board and displayed prominently within Vivian’s new offices.

“This painting competition was not only a celebration of our new home in Marsa, but also turned out to be an opportunity to learn more about our new community and some of its historical landmarks,” Anastasi concluded.

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