Leading the visually-impaired to independence, through art

On Friday 7th August in Buskett, one could glimpse Maria Elich, Epifanio Vella and Steven Mizzi, three visually-impaired people, working on clay sculptures.

Maria, Epifanio and Steven are part of the Visual Non-Visual Network, and together they do various art projects to raise awareness about the need for more inclusion in society.

Executive Chairman Chris Grima explained how the Visual Non-Visual Network started in 2013, and since then it has not looked back.

“The aim is to lead to independence, not to depend on others, the family or society. I would like to see them as leaders in certain sectors,” he said, “Being involved in the entrepreneurial field I felt that I could help in this mission which I believe will lead these people to overcome the problem of social exclusion.”

Grima explained that Maria, Epifanio and Steven are learning to make these sculptures together with the sculptor Charles Sammut. Then they too will be able to teach other visually-impaired people.

Maria and Epifanio said that this organisation is helping them improve their wellbeing.

“We do this with determination, discipline and love in the face of the burden that the blind bring and for all,” Mary said, while Vella stated, “My goal is for us blind people to learn new skills in sculpture.”

The Visual Non-Visual Network is an initiative launched in December 2013 and it aims for sustainability that requires social inclusion, including the visually-impaired. Several projects have taken place in the past such as a Stevia plant growing project. An olive harvesting project was also launched last year where visually-impaired people worked in the fields.

IN Surprise visit from the Albanians Global Citizens members of the during the Art Beyond Light Workshop at Montekristo Estate 100 Ms Maria Elich Team Leader for the Art & Wellbeing Project, welcome the Albanian delegation and thanked them for their love & support to the Earthly World blind persons cause

“Art Beyond Light Weekend WorkShop”


Professor Carmelo Rizzo has addressed today’s meeting on the importance on ” Sustainable Independent Wellbeing & Living”. Michael Micallef, Maestro Joseph Chircop and Yanko Kirkov has been appointed as the topic reporters. Along this weekend and next more analysis on the Wellbeing of persons with disabilities , non visual and cancer patients will be carred out. Albanians, Belgians, Bulgarians, Indians, Italians, Lithuanias, Maltese, Nigerians, Russians, South Africa & Ukrainians are the Global Citizens Founders Members of the ” Sustainable Independent Wellbeing & Living Project “2020/2025 – AJU O




1575499032818_MTA_Press Release – Beyond Light – Visual and Non-Visual Network

Chev. Dr Renald Blundell- L-Universita’ ta’ Malta

Professor Renald Blundell regular lecturer at the University of Malta and American Maltese University) has been appointed as a voluntary Research & Development Team Leader.

Olive Harvesting on board 

Art Beyond Light Colouring Collection

Fruitful Social Inclusion Dialogue, between Maltese Muslim Families
& the Visual Non Visual Network on the Global Citizen Prospective .

Mulsim Families in Malta are taking an active role to support Maltese Blind Persons participating in Arts Beyond Light Project. express their gratitude to Muslim Families in Malta supporting ” Arts Beyond Light Project “

Epifanio Vella and Matthew Chetcuti will be VNV (

coordinators on the Visual non-Visual World Festival, together with Julian Holland YMCA fundraising executive. Festival aims to highlight the Excellence of Social Inclusion .


Epifanio Vella & Matthew Chetcuti will be VNVN ( ) Coordinators on the Visual Non Visual World Festival, together with Julian Holland YMCA Fund Raising Executive.

Workshop research studying on BENEFICIAL Sustainability for Non Visual Pedestrians and Visual Non Visual road safety

Floriana Malta
2nd September 2019

visual non visual youth cooperation with ” Chinese Youths ” established today !

Compliments to Maria Elich and Maestro Joseph Chircop,Chloe Lui and Wilsin Wei for your Achievements on behalf of

Dr Anya Stupko Mr Chris Cutajar will be the Team Leader to assist the VISUAL NON VISUAL NETWORK application to develop a home for the blind and sustainable independent living.

Dr Anya Stupko meet Ms Maria Elich that together with Joe Micallef , Epifanio Vella and Arch Olivia Carone are managing this Project.

  • On 14th April, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Mdina Cathedral, the first ever Global Student Visual and Non-Visual concert will take place. This will be organised by the Visual and Non-Visual Network , the local councils of Rabat and Mdina and the Arts Council of Malta. This concert will be set up in time to honour the new President of Malta, Dr. George Vella.
  • Sadly, our attempts at setting up the first national arts gallery by non-sighted artists at Manoel Island, did not materialise. We are now prospecting to site this permanent arts gallery at the Montekristo Estate. Updates will follow.