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Anna Calleja (b.1997) is a Maltese artist. Calleja looks back on her own notions of comfort to confront an anxious present and grapple with an uncertain future. Calleja's interest lies in dualities; the tension and dissonance between comfort and melancholy, isolation and connection, love and grief. In 2022, Calleja was awarded the Premju Ghal-Arti for Best Young Artist of the Year by Arts Council Malta.

Current: 
TRANSPARENCY, Lyndsey Ingram, 20 Bourdon Street, London 
18 Jan - 23 Feb 2024

Artists: Artists included in the show are; Wilson Bentley, Louise Bourgeois, Marcantonio Brandolini, Anna Calleja, Patrick Caulfield, Lottie Cole, Michael Craig-Martin, Delphine D. Garcia, Anna Freeman Bentley, Kate Friend, Tim Garwood, Sarah Graham, David Hockney, Florence Houston, Aaron Kasmin, Pierre Le-Tan, Kathryn Maple, Christian Marclay, Henri Matisse, James McNeill Whistler, Cornelia Parker, Thomas Ruff, Dani Trew, Jonas Wood, Clare Woods and William Wright.

Anna Calleja, Selfie, oil on panel, 20x25cm, 2023.jpg

Selfie, oil on panel, 2023

AWARDS

Best Young Artist of the Year, Premju Ghal-Arti, Arts Council Malta, 2022
Best Emerging Artist of the Year, ArtzID Community Awards, 2022
Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award, ROI Annual Exhibition 2020
C-A-S-T Residency, Helston, UK. 2019
Midas Award at the Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange, UK. 2019
Malta Arts Scholarship, 2017-2020

EXHIBITIONS
2024
Transparency, group show, Lyndsey Ingram, London, UK

2023
Breakthrough, group show, James Fuentes Gallery, New York City, USA
De Profundis Oscar Wilde, curated by Daniel Malarkey, L’Hotel, Paris, France
Looking Like Fire, Sim Smith Gallery, London, UK
Far Reach, R Gallery, Mahalla, Berlin, Germany
Art on a Postcard for War Child UK, Soho Revue, London, UK
Oikos Logia, R Gallery, Sliema, Malta
London Art Fair, Beaux Arts Bath, London, UK

2022
Christmas Show, New Craftsman Gallery, St. Ives, UK
Winners: Award Winning artists 2020-2022, Mall Galleries, London, UK
Summer Auction, Art on a postcard, The Other Art Fair, King's Cross, UK
Works on Paper 4, Blue Shop Cottage, London, UK 
Domestic Bliss, Beaux Arts Bath, Bath, UK
Sea Sunset Moon: Variations on Solitude, Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta
Mara, Bureau Iniala, Valletta, Malta

2021
Anna Calleja: On Hold, New Craftsman Gallery, St. Ives, UK
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK
Homebound, solo exhibition, Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta, Malta
Launch Exhibition, Morgans, Falmouth, UK
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK

2020
Extraordinary Postcards for Extraordinary Times, Newlyn Art Gallery, UK
Falmouth Showcase, Degree Show, Falmouth University, Falmouth, UK 
Interalia, Painter’s Network Southwest,  @paintersnetwork_sw
Postcard Exhibition, Highgate Art Gallery, London, UK
Spring Show, The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, UK
Celebrating Women, The Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta

2019
Environments: A Tate Staff Exhibition, Tate St. Ives, UK
Tate Collective Producer at Otobong Nkanga: Ustudio, Tate St. Ives, UK
Exhibition: Anna Calleja and Will Calver, Porthmeor Studios, St. Ives, UK
Proposals for Change, Exhibition with Krijn de Koning, Falmouth, UK

 
Tate Collective Producers Ustudio - Performance in Film by Isabel Lima, UK, 2018
Sculptural Installation for Limbo, Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta, 2016
b.1997

 
TEXT
 
1 December 2023: Artsy, 5 Artists on Our Radar in December 2023

17 April 2022: Times of Malta, Exhibition explores the dual nature of solitude, Lara Zammit

19 March 2022: Lovin Malta, Sea Sunset Moon: Collective Exhibition On The Exploration Of Solitude At Spazju Kreattiv​

26 October 2021: Booooooom, Artist Spotlight: Anna Calleja 
 
5 September 2021: Sunday Circle Magazine, A Bridge to Home: Anna Calleja talks to Christine Spiteri 

7 April 2021: artpaper press, Two places, two truths, Gabriel Zammit 


27 March 2021: Creative Backstory Podcast - Ep. 6 with Anna Calleja


23 March  2021: Newsbook, Looking inward to look outward- ‘Homebound’ by Anna Calleja

21 March  2021: Times of Malta, The comfort and the uncertainty of being Homebound

3 March 2021: Malta Independent, Emerging artist Anna Calleja to exhibit at the MSA


22 February 2021: Lovin Malta Homebound: Maltese Artist Makes Solo Debut In Poignant Exhibition 

23 September 2020: BBC Spotlight, Interview about Extraordinary Postcards for Extraordinary Times, an exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery

15 December 2020: MaltaToday, Emerging artist Anna Calleja plans first solo show for March 2021

25 November 2020: Mall Galleries, Royal Institute of Oil Painters Prize & Award Winners 2020: Young Artist Award

25 July 2020: ARTZ ID, Interview with Emerging artist Anna Calleja, ARTZ ID
 
19 Jul 2020: Malta artpaper, Interview with Anna Calleja, Margerita Pule
 
3 July 2020: Cast, Touch: A Conversation between Dan Howard-Birt, Catalina Maria Ungureanu, Anna Calleja and Elizabeth Langley.

1 Sunday March 2020: Malta Independent, ‘Celebrating Women’ at Wignacourt Museum

Emerging artists Anna Calleja and Sophie Perkins in Conversation, Tate St. Ives, UK.



EDUCATION

BA Fine Art, Falmouth University (First Class Hons), 2017-2020

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