About Patrick Fenech

1957 – Born in Floriana Malta. His father, Gianni Fenech, is a painter in the Modern Art Group in Malta.
1975 – Completes high school at St Aloysius College, a Jesuit run school and enrolls in the painting course at the School of Art at the Malta College of Arts Science & Technology, Polytechnic.
1979 – Starts to experiment with photography producing B&W silver bromide prints.
1982 – Has his first solo exhibition of B & W photographs ‘Caged Spaces’ at Gallerija Fenici, Valletta.
1982 – Awarded Phoenicia International Trade Trophy Cultural Award by the State of Malta.
1983 – Meets Petr Tausk photography lecturer at Prague University and author of several book on photography and friend of Mario Giacomelli and Bill Brant. Petr Tausk acquires some of Fenech’s B&Ws and recommends to contact Sue Davis director of Photographers Gallery in London.
1984 – Awarded Italian scholarship to study design and photography in Florence and Milan for 4 years.
1984-85 is commissioned by ‘Musicus Concertus’ of Florence as PR photographer for their classical concert season photographing names such as Lorin Mazel, Barbara Hendrix, Alirio Diaz…etc.
1988 – Graduated in photography at IEDD Milan, specializing in advertising/still life photography.
1988 – Married textile designer Jacqueline Robinson and settled in London practicing printmaking at Camberwell School of Arts. Works as a free lance photographer.
1990 – Set up his own design and photography studio in Malta servicing the commercial and culture sector.
1992 – Awarded best poster design by Malta Advertising Awards – Client, Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
1995 – Art director and partner with Robinson Fenech Design Associates Ltd, creative consultants.
2000 – Assisted Prof Margaret Harker from University of Westminister, Head of the School of photography and then Pro-Rector of the Polytechnic of Central London in compilinginformation for her publication about ‘The Photographers of Malta’ (1840 – 1990).
2003 – Joins ‘Start Contemporary’ and exhibits his first video installation work (see ‘Borders’ exhibition.)
2004 – Invited by the University of Malta to give lectures on photography to art students in the Faculty of Languages and the Arts; a post he still retains till today.
2007 – Commissioned project to digitize and research in the archives of 19th c. Photographer Richard Ellis (1827 – 1924) containing more than 40,000 glass plate negatives for the purpose of publishing.
2008 – Invited by St James Cavalier Arts Centre in Valletta to conduct photography workshops as part of the EU culture programme for the ‘Year of Intercultural Dialogue’, which then culminated in an exhibition which he curated at the same venue – ‘Pictures in My Mind’.
2009 – Funded by the MCCA to attend a conference on ‘International Opportunities for the Arts and took part in the project and exhibition ‘Here There & Everywhere’ – Transcultural Exchange – Omni Park Hotel – Boston MA.
2009 – Appointed by Malta Arts Festival committee to curate the visual arts exhibition for 2009. “The Life Model – Between Nude & Naked”, involving 7 international and local artists.
2010 – Selected by a jury from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, The Philips Collection and the Katzen Art Centre in Washington D.C. to represent Malta in a contemporary video art expo, ‘In The Loop’ At the National Portrait Gallery.
2010 - Awarded a Malta Art Fund by the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts to curate the first Photography Festival in Malta in May 2011.
2011 – Invited by Satacchi Gallery in London to attend a forum on ‘New Directions in Contemporary Photography’ January 17. Main speaker Charlotte Cotton.
2011 – Launches the first festival of photography in Valletta, VLTPH11. Curates Ten Maltese Contemporary Photographers exhibition and one of the artists is invited to take part in a group show at the BOZAR in Belgium.
2011 – Invited by the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences to lecture contemporary photography to MFA digital art students at the University of Malta. 2012 – BBC2 programme ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ interview re the The Richard Ellis Archives.

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