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MSA to offer over 50 courses in Winter 2014/2015

With the Summer courses beginning this month, the Malta Society of Arts (MSA) announces several innovations to its Winter 2014/15 programme of arts courses.
The major innovation is the introduction of MATSEC certification courses in Visual Art leading to ‘O’ Level, Intermediate Level and ‘A’ Level certification. This is part of the MSA’s restructuring and is aimed at upgrading the quality of the education being provided by the MSA.
The ‘O’ Level course is delivered over 96 contact hours between October and May, spread over two four-month semesters, as with all the other MSA courses. The first semester is between October and January; the second between February and May.

Intermediate and Advanced Level courses in Fine Arts are also offered in five subject areas: Creative Processes (48 hours), History of Art (96 hours), Human Figure Nude (48 hours), Ways and Methods (30 hours), and Working from Observation (48 hours).

The Malta Society of Arts is keen to attract students interested in the Arts from an early age, according to the Society’s President, Dr Vince Briffa: “We wish to entice young people to the Arts and give them the opportunity to discover their talents and further develop them here thanks to our comprehensive programme.”

“Creativity has no age. Some very young children are able to develop a certain appetite for art and an aesthetic awareness, so it is our role as a centre of excellence in the Arts to foster them and give them the highest standard of education possible. They may be tomorrow’s talents, but if Maltese society wants to retain its relevance, it needs to seek them out and allow them to flourish,” he added.

More professional set-up
Come October, the MSA will open six days a week providing some 104 sessions in 50 courses each week in the mornings, afternoons and evenings at its premises, Palazzo de La Salle, in Republic Street, Valletta. There is a better structure to these courses and the rich variety on offer is combined with flexibility and quality all round.
Apart from the certification courses in Visual Arts, there are 15 non-certification course in this subject area aimed at different audiences and age groups. In addition there are no fewer than 22 courses in the Applied Arts and seven courses in the Performing Arts. All courses are taught by qualified tutors who are passionate about their subjects.

Visual Arts Courses start with two age groups in Art for Juniors (ages 4 to 6; and 7 to 10); three Art for Leisure courses – Adults, Mature Students and Painting Outdoors; three Digital Arts courses – Basic Graphic Design, Photography and Basic Photoshop; Art & Culture in Malta; Basic Interior Design and Decoration; Floral Art; Manga Art; Experiencing Clay; and Wood Sculpture.

Applied Art Courses cover the Bridal Bouquet; Cake Decorating; Cottage Crafts; Crib Building; Crochet; Cross Stitch; Cut Work; Embroidery; Embroidery in Gold; Ganutell; Gilding; Hansa; Hardanger; Knitting; Lace; Make-Up for Theatre; Monastery; Parchment; Patchwork; Soft Furnishing; and Tailoring.

Performing Art Courses encapsulate Guitar (electric, acoustic and classical); Pianoforte; Violin; Theory of Music; and Voice Studies.

The MSA is accredited with the London College of Music Examinations, an international examinations board offering graded and diploma qualifications in music, drama and communication, held across a large network of exam centres worldwide, including Malta, where the MSA has been its faithful representative for the past 80 years.

For a complete list of courses, fees, days and times, and an application form visit www.artsmalta.org, or call 21244339/21244400.

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Visit by Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government

Visit Owen BonniciDr Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, recently visited the Malta Society of Arts in Valletta where he was welcomed by the President of the MSA, Dr Vince Briffa, and the Board of Directors. Dr Owen Bonnici visited various classes of applied and visual arts and talked to a number of teachers and students. He was impressed with the high level of standard achieved. Dr Bonnici also visited an art exhibition put up by artist John Hudson at Palazzo de La Salle, the Society’s premises. He had very positive comments on the restoration and conservation works carried out by the MSA as he was shown around the Palazzo. The Minister was accompanied by his private secretary Ms Rita Sciberras.

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MSA Member’s Annual Art Exhibition 2014

MSA POSTER members High resMembers of the Malta Society of Arts (MSA) are being invited to submit their works to be shown at the Members’ Annual Art Exhibition 2014, to be held form the 25 September to the 31 October at Palazzo de La Salle,  Republic Street, Valletta.
The Members’ Annual Art Exhibition 2014 could be compared to a ‘family rendezvous’. This is an opportunity for our faithful and committed artist members to display recent, innovative works that have not been shown anywhere before.
Art works can be executed in any medium, in 2D or 3D, and may be in any hanging or free standing genres, such as drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography or other. There are no restrictions on the choice of subject and /or expression.
Entrants have until 4 July to submit their application form, along with a Euro 15 submission fee (reimbursed if the work is not chosen for the exhibition).
This year’s sponsors are Vee Gee Bee Art (of San Gwann and Valletta) and Delicata Wine Maker. Click here for Submission Form and Terms and Conditions

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MSA to give five artists opportunity to hold first Solo Exhibition

First-time Solo Art Exhibitionw 2014 posterAspiring artists are being urged to come forward by the Malta Society of Arts (MSA) to hold their first solo exhibition at Palazzo de La Salle, Republic Street, Valletta.
Five artists will be given the opportunity to take part in the First-Time Solo Art Exhibition, to be held between Friday 15th November and Friday 19th December 2014, at Palazzo de La Salle.
The exhibition aims at encouraging aspiring artists, who have not yet had the opportunity to show their work in a solo exhibition environment, to show their talent through ten of their works. There are four distinct exhibition halls and the courtyard at our premises which we are placing at their disposal.
Works do not need to be produced specially for the exhibition, but may be selected from current works. These works of art can be executed in any medium and can be in any hanging or free-standing genres, such as drawing, paintings, sculpture, photography. Special arrangements will be made as regards to installations and / or video works. There are not restrictions on the choice of subject and / or expression.
MSA is looking for originality, creativity, innovation and artistic expression.
The purpose of this initiative is to give exposure to artists who have so far had no visibility in the art world. Thus ‘solo’ is being defined as not having exhibited more than nine works in any single event ever before. Interested participants have until July 31st  to submit their application form and digital images of their works.
This year’s sponsors are Vee Gee Bee Art (of San Gwann and Valletta), Valletta Fund Management and Delicata Wine Maker.
Click here for Terms & Conditions and Submission Form.

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Funds raised by the Malta Society of Arts in aid of the Special Projects Programme

Fund Raising Dinner of the MSA 2014The Annual Fund Raising Dinner, organised by the Malta Society of Arts, has been a great success. Villa Arrigo’s Grand Marquee and surrounding gardens in Naxxar provided the ideal setting where the numerous guests were treated to a most enjoyable evening. This event is held yearly to raise funds for the Special Projects Programme to help promising students of the MSA. The President of the MSA, Dr Vince Briffa, thanked all those present, the sponsors and others whose contribution made possible the success of this event.

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The Lighting System at the Basement of Palazzo de La Salle

Works BasementWorks for the planned Filigree Demonstration Centre, at the basement of Palazzo de La Salle, are now in full swing. A new lighting system is being installed and works should be completed by the end of May. The Filigree Demonstration Centre is scheduled to start operating in June 2014.

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Restoration Works at Palazzo de La Salle

Restoration of Sala dei Cavalieri Outside Walls 003The Malta Society of Arts continued with its programme of restoration and upgrading of Palazzo de La Salle, the MSA’s premises. Work started for the restoration of the Sala Dei Cavalieri’s outside wall, situated at the internal courtyard of Palazzo de La Salle. Works are planned to be finished by mid-May.

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Dr William Alexander is the LCM Examiner for the Spring 2014 Practical Exams

Dr William Alexander is the examiner of the London College of Music for this Spring 2014 Practical Exam session between the 12th and the 24th May 2014, when he will be examing candidates for the Grade and Diploma exams.

cv William Alexander

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Visual Arts Summer Courses at the Malta Society of Arts

Visual ArtsThe MSA has announced the Visual Arts Courses it intends to open this Summer, namely: Art for Children, Art 50+, Experiencing Clay, Figure & Portrait Drawing, Manga Art, Photography, The Arts & Cultural Heritage of Malta, and Woodcarving. Click here to download application form.

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Applied Arts Summer Courses at the Malta Society of Arts

Applied ArtsThe MSA has announced the Applied Arts Courses it intends to open this Summer, namely: Beading, Cake Decorating, Cottage Craft, Crib Building, Crochet, Dress Making, Embroidery, Ganutell, Knitting, Malta Lace, Parchment Craft, Plastic Canvas, Tailoring and Glass Painting. Click here to download application form.

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