For the fourth consecutive year, Banif Bank has collaborated with the MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts to provide opportunities and exposure to students following the Higher National Diploma in Fine Art, through a Life Case project. The project gives students the opportunity to work with a client – Banif Bank in this case - in a real life exercise. Working in line with certain specifications, brand guidelines and requirements, the ‘Life Case’ bridges the gap between education and industry.
This year’s project, entitled Meditgħid, was aimed at highlighting unifying aspects of Mediterranean culture, as well as exploring themes such as colours, patterns, fashion, cuisine, history and language. To this end, Banif arranged for the senior lecturer from the University of Malta and coordinator of Inizjamed Dr Adrian Grima to share some ideas with students and engage in a discussion which explored different elements and visuals associated with Mediterranean countries. The cohort of ten students were commissioned to create an artistic installation containing reproductions or originals of 2D works, as well as to propose methods of exhibiting their works, which were then presented to the Bank.
“We are always pleasantly surprised by the quality and originality of the students’ final works,” said Karl Dingli, Head of Corporate Services at Banif Bank. “We are happy to have been given high quality work. More importantly our collaboration gives students a chance to work with Banif as a ‘client’ in a simulated work commission scenario. This gives students both experience and exposure. The Bank is proud to be contributing towards the development of the next generation of aspiring young artists.”