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Anna Calleja (b.1997) is a Maltese artist working in paint, print, and sculpture. Calleja has exhibited in Malta and abroad, at Spazju Kreattiv in Malta and at Tate St. Ives, Porthmeor Studios, and at the Mall Galleries in London.  In 2020, her painting, Alone in Quarantine was awarded a Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition. In 2022, Calleja was awarded the Premju Ghal-Arti for Best Young Artist of the Year by Arts Council Malta. 

Calleja's work retires to the comfort and melancholy of home, using the process of painting to create quiet moments of introspection. She 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 pain.


Best Young Artist of the Year, Premju Ghal-Arti, Arts Council Malta, 2022
Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award, Second Prize, ROI Annual Exhibition 2020
Emerging Young Artist Call, ARTZ ID in collaboration with ARTPAPER and Lily Agius Gallery, 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


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 
Sea Sunset Moon: Variations on Solitude, Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta

Mara, Bureau Iniala, Valletta, Malta

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

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

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
Exhibition of local artists at Farsons Beerfestival, Ta Qali, Malta
Proposals for Change, Exhibition with Krijn de Koning, Falmouth, UK
Outside-In Exhibition, Falmouth, UK
Woodlane Windows Exhibition, Falmouth, UK

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

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

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 

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.


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

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