Building on the success of previous years’ initiatives, Banif Bank has once again commissioned MCAST first year students following the National Higher Diploma in Fine Art to produce specific works of art as part of a ‘life case’ project.
The aim of these life cases is to simulate real work situations in order to provide students with valuable insight and experience, whilst also opening up avenues for exposure. Banif Bank, acting as a client, commissions works of art from students in line with certain specifications, brand guidelines, and industry requirements. The works will then be judged on the basis of technical skill, originality and theme interpretation, amongst others.
For this year’s project, entitled Meditgħid, students have been asked to interpret positive and unifying aspects of Mediterranean culture in illustration format. To this end, University of Malta senior lecturer and coordinator of Inizjamed Dr Adrian Grima was invited to share some ideas with students and engage in a discussion which explored different elements and visuals associated with Mediterranean countries.
Chosen works from fine art life cases, as well as location photography life cases which also form part of Banif’s collaboration with the MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts, have been used for many different purposes across the Bank’s channels, including the Bank’s perpetual agenda, calendar, branch installations, murals and a travelling exhibition.
“I think this life case can be an eye opener for our students not only to explore different forms of artistic expressions and learn to work with clients, but also to discover and appreciate other cultures and traditions of some of the Mediterranean countries,” said Ruth Ancilleri, MCAST lecturer overseeing this study unit. “It is a way of educating our students to respect and accept not only what is familiar and appealing to them but also what can be remote from their habits and their way of living.”