ANN DINGLI ART/DESIGN WRITING
Ann works with globally renowned design and architecture studios positioning language as a tool within the design process. Her work for RIBA Stirling Prize winners dRMM was longlisted at the 2021 Dezeen Media Awards, under the 'Architecture Website of the Year' category, and was shortlisted in the Copy Writing category at the Archiboo Media Awards 2021. In 2022, her content direction and creation for Valentino Architects' website was shortlisted at the Dezeen Media Awards.
Her own practice includes curating, teaching and strategy consultation aside from her core work as a writer. She has curated several small-scale exhibitions, including showcases for the London Festival of Architecture and Venice Architecture Biennale satellite event, Time Space Existence. She has guest lectured within the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Malta, and in 2022 ran the first-ever Art Writing workshop for the Department of Art and Art History at the same institution.
As of 2023, Ann joined New Architecture Writers (N.A.W.) – a free programme for emerging design writers, helping strengthen journalistic skill, critical thinking, and editorial connections. N.A.W. focuses on people of colour who are under-represented across design journalism and curation. Ann works as a regular volunteer with the team, providing strategy and curriculum support.
Ann inside Comet Street Studio, dRMM
Image © Alex de Rijke, dRMM
Ann writes for publications on art, architecture, design and culture. In the UK architectural press, she was the first writer to report on the formation of the Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN), an independent activist and knowledge sharing group that has expanded to international scope. In Malta, she is the architecture columnist for The Times of Malta, authoring a regular series discussing architecture and the built environment titled Space Matters.
Ann has edited and contributed to books on design and art, including Soap to Think With, 2023; V003, 2023; V002, 2022; Dar L-Ewropa, 2009; Modernist Malta, 2009; Please, Don’t Be a Dick, 2014; V001, 2019 and the exhibition catalogue for fuse, a site-specific art project delivered by the Valletta Cultural Agency. Ann copyedits for the Artpaper and Market Cafe Mag, and is writer and editor for Valletta Contemporary, a contemporary art gallery based in Valletta, Malta.
In 2019, Ann opened a photography and text-based exhibition titled The Spaces that Connect Us, examining the social constructs of an internetless society in rural America. In summer 2020, she curated Other Places, a watercolour exhibition featuring thirteen works by Malta-based artist Sebastian Tanti Burlò. In 2022 she curated and wrote the exhibition catalogue for The Archetype Series, a solo sculpture show featuring the work of multi-disciplinary artist Norbert Francis Attard. Ann worked closely with Attard on his next solo exhibition, Soap to Think With, as curator and essayist, helping deliver a body of work of up to 111 pieces spanning a production period of two years.