The Malta Society of Arts is Malta’s oldest institution in promotion of arts and crafts.  In its 160 years of activity, the society has sponsored many Maltese artists through exhibitions and by furthering their artistic studies both locally and abroad. … Continue reading

Five artists exhibiting solo for the first time at MSA

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The Malta Society of Arts (MSA) at its premises, Palazzo de La Salle, Republic Street, Valletta, is organising, in line with its policy of promoting new talent, the First-Time Solo Art Exhibition featuring five artists who have expressed themselves in Sculpture, painting and photography among other art genres.

First solo 3Five individual exhibition halls within the magnificent palazzo are hosting these artists: Aaron Bezzina, Gabriel Buttigieg, Kerstin Arnemann,Sam Falzon and Samuel Sultana. Their work can be viewed up to Friday, 19 December, 2014, at Palazzo de La Salle.

MSA President Dr Vince Briffa said at the opening on Thursday, 13 November, 2014: “The MSA prides itself in acting as a catalyst for debate concerning young art as well as being the springboard for young artists who are serious about their work and are set on a solid launch of their artistic career. I am positive that we will bear witness to much more work coming from these five young artists in the years to come and augur them all the success and recognition they deserve.”

First solo 1Each artist is being given the opportunity to exhibit ten works and, as the exhibition’s Curator Eman Grima said: “We set out to promote works for their originality, creativity, innovation and artistic expression and after an arduous task of evaluating the works of 45 artists, the Selection Committee set their eyes on these 5 artists.”

Aaron Bezzina’s installations present a set of sculptural compositions in mixed media. These works are aesthetically stimulating, featuring unusual three dimensional contraptions. These works speak ironically or comically of conventions and ideologies which inform the rational fabric of our society, whilst simultaneously revealing the incongruous and absurdity of reality. Through these works, the artist expresses a playful discourse which stimulates reflection on ideas which exist in a dialectical tension within our worldview.

First solo 8Kersten Arnemann’s photographs are intriguing for they reach an imaginative understanding of the essence of architectonic structures or compositions. Her work is remarkable for its use of light and shade, tonal value and chiaroscuro, used to emphasize the appeal of structural form. It goes beyond a stale game of patterns and lines. Her work speaks the language of minimalism, exposing starkness of form and the exploring the paradox of complexity within simplicity.

First solo 7The work presented by Gabriel Buttigieg is accentuated with a psychological streak delving into a concern for the human being. These drawings and paintings capture states of mind. They represent particular gripping features or characteristics of the subject matter. These works can be seen as visual interpretation and an exploration of the human psyche, an expression which tries to disclose underlying facets of the subject, as seen through the eyes of the artist.

First solo 6The series of paintings produced by Sam Falzon is another set of appealing works. They are an ensemble of images featuring stylized representative compositions and abstract paintings which articulate an abstraction of primary colours and a simplification of vivacious geometrical and organic forms. These paintings have a particular lure and address the decorative or ornamental aspect. They appeal more to the senses than the intellect. The colourful use of shapes and jagged rhythmical patterns create a pictorial language which recalls what Kandinsky referred to as the emotional intensity of music.

First solo 2The paintings of Samuel Sultana draw their inspiration from mythology, derived from of the Pacific region, especially the tradition of the Maori. The aesthetic of these works combine swerving planes, forms and lines into an organic composition, more often than not in blue monochromes or jolting strokes of primary colours, which picture epic creatures or dynamic abstract compositions. These paintings highlight the role of myth as a striking medium, a source which tries to come to terms with the irrational, quixotic or unfathomable facets of reality.

First solo 5All the works showcased in this exhibition present an inventive expression, and reveal routes of intellectual discovery which disclose new possibilities for thought and inspiration. Moreover, they highlight a stimulating event which marks the beginning of a series of activities organised by the MSA, in order to inject new opportunities for local talent, establishing a fresh and fruitful platform for artistic creativity.

For more information visit the MSA website www.artsmalta.org.

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The Malta Society of Arts’ Gold Medal awarded to Gabriel Caruana

Gold Medal 1The President of the Malta Society of Arts, Dr Vince Briffa, presented the MSA’s Gold Medal to Maltese Artist Gabriel Caruana in recognition for his contribution as an artist and art educator. The private ceremony was held at Gabriel Caruana’s residence in the presence of the Hon. Secretary of the MSA, Mr Eman Grima, and the Caruana family.
Gabriel Caruna (b. 1929) is recognised as perhaps Malta’s most inventive artist and his original approach in the art of ceramics makes him stand out singularly as the person who has worked so intensely in this genre on the local art scene. Through his contribution as an artist he made a name for himself within the mainstream of Maltese artists over the past fifty years and earned esteem on the international scene.
His prolific output includes sculptures in bronze, wood, cement, stone and perspex, paintings, drawings and prints. What he is mostly known for, is his own original interpretation of ceramic art that includes numberous large murals, free standing sculptures, plates and wall plaques with modelled relief, also a note worthy collection of columns.

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Marianne Zammit’s Retirement


The President, Board of Directors, Manager and Staff of the MSA wish Mrs Marianne Zammit all the best in her retirement from work and thank her for all the contribution and dedication she gave for so many years to the Malta Society of Arts.

We are grateful to salute you.

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Graduation Ceremony of the London College of Music Diplomas at Palazzo de La Salle

Pic 3The Annual Graduation Ceremony of the University of West London, London College of Music, was held at the Malta Society of Arts on the 16th October 2014. The event started off with a series of instrumental performances.

The Vice President of the MSA, Arch. Fleur Marie Ebejer together with Mr Robert Marsh, the examiner of the London College of Music, presented the diplomas to all graduates.

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The MSA opens it’s doors for the Notte Bianca

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The Malta Society of Arts will once again open it’s doors during the Notte Bianca.

Visitors will be able to tour the Palazzo between 19:00hrs and 00:00hrs free of charge. During these hours the public will have the opportunity to view the MSA’s Members’ Annual Exhibition, the Filigree Centre, Malta Lace students of Ms Carmen Ellul at work, the Sala dei Cavalieri, and performances by pianists Sarah Mercieca, Laetitia Amodio, Isabelle Micallef, Jacqueline Mifsud and Freya-Jo Curmi. There will be also performances in the Courtyard by violinists Alex and Timothy Spiteri, Celine Schembri and Amy Schembri on the flute.

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Mr Robert Marsh is the LCM Examiner for the Winter 2014 Practical Exams

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Mr Robert Marsh is the London College of Music examiner for this Winter’s 2014 Practical Exam session which will be held at Palazzo de La Salle between the 13th October 2014 and the 1st November 2014. He will be examining candidates sitting for both the Grade and Diploma exams.

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Participants announced in MSA’s 2014 Members’ Annual Art Exhibition

MSA POSTERNo fewer than 46 artists have submitted original works for this year’s Malta Society of Arts Members’ Annual Art Exhibition.

The majority of the entries are executed in oils with the subjects varying from portraits and still lifes, to landscapes and abstracts. Among the other media used are acrylics, watercolours, pastels, photography, limestone, ceramic and mixed media.

The exhibition, sponsored by Vee Gee Bee Art and Delicata Winemakers, is being held from 26 September to 31 October, 2014, at Palazzo de La Salle, Republic Street, Valletta. Opening hours are:

26 – 30 September: Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 12:00hrs

1 – 3 October: between 08:00 and 15:00hrs

4 October (Notte Bianca): 19:00 and 24:00hrs

6 – 31 October: Monday to Friday 08:00 and 19:00hrs, Saturday 09:00 hrs to Noon.

Entrance is free.

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What We Learn is What We Are

MSA Poster 2With 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.

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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; two Art Sec ‘O’ Level courses, two Art Preparatory courses for ‘O’ Level; three Digital Arts courses – Basic Graphic Design, Photography and Basic Photoshop; five courses in Fine Arts – History of Art, Creative Process, Human Figure (Nude), Ways & Methods of Understanding Art, Working from Observation; 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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