Students at a crossroads with nature, arts and expression
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Students at a crossroads with nature, arts and expression

St Ignatius College principal Maria Pace and President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca with students from the college at the launch of the Ilma exhibition.

St Ignatius College principal Maria Pace and President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca with students from the college at the launch of the Ilma exhibition.

Inspired by the saying of master artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci that “water is the driving force of all life”, students of St Ignatius College have created water-themed paintings that explore the intersection of this vital natural element and the stirring power of human expression. The resulting work is presented in an exhibition called Ilma at the President’s Palace, San Anton.

This is the fifth edition of the exhibition in what has become the opening act in a host of activities HSBC Malta organises each year around World Water Day (March 22).  The exhibition was inaugurated by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca in the presence of Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Energy and Water Management Joe Mizzi, HSBC Bank Malta plc chairman Sonny Portelli and St Ignatius College principal Maria Pace.

Artworks can be owned via silent auction, with all the proceeds going to the Malta Community Chest Fund. Pieces from previous editions have ended up adorning homes from Switzerland to Romania.

Students from St Ignatius College also handed a cheque from proceeds of the 2017 exhibition to the President.

Since 2013, HSBC Malta has invested close to €1 million on water conservation and awareness projects in Malta and Gozo.

The exhibition is open to the public until March 24 at San Anton Palace.

Two students at the launch.Two students at the launch.

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