New work by Maltese-born artist Anna Calleja will be exhibited at the New Craftsman Gallery throughout the Christmas season.

Detail from Embrace, by Anna Calleja

Anna’s paintings explore quiet moments of introspection that relate to the comfort and melancholy of home. As a young artist living and working away from Malta, her interest lies in dualities, in the tension between isolation and connection, love and pain, and in confronting an anxious present and uncertain future.

Anna graduated with a BA (Hons) in fine art from Falmouth University in 2020. She has exhibited at Spazju Kreattiv in Malta, Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Studios, and at the Mall Galleries, in London. In 2020, her painting Alone in Quarantine was awarded the Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, and earlier this year she was awarded the Premju Ghal-Arti for best young artist of the year by Arts Council Malta.

Also on show at the gallery will be a mixed collection of work inspired by the very best in contemporary craft, from fine art jewellery and sculpture to studio ceramics. This will include ceramic ‘assemblage’ and collage by Central St Martins graduate Matthew Richardson, and sculptural works by Rowena Brown and Justine Allison, against a backdrop of exceptional Cornish and British painting.

Anna Calleja’s show runs at the New Craftsman Gallery from 19th November until 6th January.

New Craftsman Gallery | Fore Street, St Ives TR26 1HE |