Gibraltar Repository book donation – ‘Dancing Under the Shadows’ by Ambrose Avellano and Anthony Pitaluga, MBE

The Parasol Library at the University of Gibraltar is delighted to have received the signed book ‘Dancing Under the Shadows’ by local authors Ambrose Allevano and Anthony Pitaluga, MBE, as a donation to the Gibraltar Repository collection.
14th February 2023
The Parasol Library at the University of Gibraltar is delighted to have received the signed book ‘Dancing Under the Shadows’ by local authors Ambrose Allevano and Anthony Pitaluga, MBE, as a donation to the Gibraltar Repository collection.  The book is an extension of the ground-breaking exhibition held at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery in 2018, which combined artworks and text annotations to create a unique and insightful examination of Gibraltar’s modern history.
‘Dancing Under the Shadows’ takes the exploration of the negative political and social impact of successive Spanish governments on the territory since the 1930s even further. Printed QR codes throughout the book lead the user to additional online content, including videos and other materials, which provide more context for the artworks themselves:
Dancing Under the Shadows

Book Details:

Avellano, Ambrose and Pitaluga, Anthony (2022) Dancing Under the Shadows.  Gibraltar: Oxigene Communications Ltd.  ISBN: 978-1-919674-18-6 [Hardback]  ISBN: 978-1-919674-19-3 [eBook]

About the Authors:

Artist Ambrose Avellano was born in Gibraltar in 1951.  He attended Our Lady of Lourdes secondary school and studied painting under local artist Leni Mifsud.  In 1985, he attended the Arts Foundation at Nelson & Colne College in the UK.  Ambrose gained his BA (Hons) degree in Fine Arts from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK, 1986-1989.  He went on to receive his PGCE at Manchester Victoria University in 1991, and was an art teacher and lecturer in the UK from 1991-2004..  In 2000 Avellano received the prestigious British Millennium Art Award for North West England.  Later, in 2014-2015 he represented Gibraltar at “The Little Constellation European Art Project” at the Listen to Sirens art space.  Ambrose has presented at both solo and joint art exhibitions spanning Gibraltar, England, Scotland and Spain.
Anthony Pitaluga, MBE is a seasoned professional with 40 years of service to the Government of Gibraltar.  Married, with two grown-up daughters and a grandson, Anthony holds multiple degrees in Information Technology and Natural Sciences.  He was appointed as the Head of Gibraltar National Archives and National Archivist in 2014.  In 2020 he was awarded an MBE in recognition of his expertise in the field of archives and records management.  He is professionally active in the archives sector and is a member of several related organisations including the Gibraltar Libraries Forum and the Archives Europe Foundation, Preservica UK, the Digital Preservation Global Group, and the IEEE Computer Society.
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