The Malta Society of Arts is Malta’s oldest institution in promotion of arts and crafts.  In its 163 years of activity, the society has sponsored many Maltese artists through exhibitions and by furthering their artistic studies both locally and abroad. … Continue reading

The Crisis of Meaning and the Arts

On Saturday, the 28th March 2015, the MSA is holding an open discussion on the following theme: crisis

“The Crisis of Meaning and the Arts”. The event shall be hosted by Joe Philippe Abela with guest speakers Pamela Baldacchino, Joseph Cassar and Niki Young. Everyone is welcome to attend. Entrance free.

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Annual General Meeting of the MSA

The Annual General Meeting of the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce will be held at the Society’s premises, Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta on Monday 23rd March 2015 at 18:00 hours.

The Agenda:
1. Reading of the last AGM minutes
2. Administrative Report for the year 2014
3. Financial Report for the year 2014
4. Election of 3 Board Directors.

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Annual Fund Raising Dinner for 2015

Villa Arrigo


The Malta Society of Arts is organising it’s Annual Fund Raising Dinner for 2015 on the 30th April at the Grand Marquee, Villa Arrigo, Naxxar.


The Menu

Welcome Aperitiv & Canapes

Spiced Butternut Squash Puree
(broccoli florets and pumpkin seed, goat cheese, emmental and roasted pepper croissant)

Ricotta and Spinach Rotelle
(zenguli tomato sauce and grana padano)

Main Course
Corn Fed Chicken Supreme
Pan Seared Salmon
Beef Stroganoff
(all served with sweet potato, turnip parisienne, mangetout, parsnip and jerusalem artichoke gratin)

Cassettella Siciliana
Milk Chocolate Cremaux

Coffee & Petit Fours
Free flowing Wine and Mineral Water
Price 29 Euro per person

Bookings can be made at the Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de La Salle, 219 Republic Street, Valletta.

Tel: 21244339 / 21244400
Email: info@artsmalta.org


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Historical day for the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce

Historical day 1Yesterday was a historical day for the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. A contract was signed with the Government for the lease of Palazzo de La Salle.

Since 1923 Palazzo de La Salle has been the premises of the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. The Society was granted the use of the Palazzo, rent free, but the Government reserved the right to withdraw this concession subject to six months notice. This right was never exercised by the Government.

Historical day 3Yesterday’s signed lease was granted to the MSA after a resolution was passed during a sitting of the House of Representatives dated November 12th , 2014.

Historical day 2The Contract was signed at the Government Property Division, Auberge de Baviere, by Architect Fleur Ebejer, Vice President and Mr Stephen Sant’Angelo, Acting Honorary Secretary, on behalf of the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. Notary Dr Tania Spiteri represented the Commissioner of Lands.

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Lease of Palazzo de La Salle to the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce

At a Sitting of November 12, 2014 of the House of Representatives, a resolution was passed granting Palazzo de La Salle (219, Republic Street, Valletta), by way of temporary lease for a period of 30 years to the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce.

This with effect from the date of the relative deed.

 The Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce has been holding Palazzo de La Salle as it’s premises since 1923.

Courtyard of Palazzo de La Sallle

The Government granted the Palace ‘rent free’ but reserved the right to withdraw this concession subject to six months notice.

This right was never exercised.

KantinaWith determination and the usual frugality the MSA is prepared to go ahead with the remaining restoration projects which will bring Palazzo de La Salle a worthy visiting building at the south end of Valletta.

Facade restorationSala dei CavalieriHall at Palazzo

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Art Courses at the MSA


The Malta Society of Arts is receiving bookings from students for the February – May 2015 semsester for courses in visual, applied and performing arts. Bookings may be made during our office hours, Monday to Friday between 08:00hrs and 15:00hrs or by post. Information on all courses the MSA is intended to open may be found on this site.  


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Festive Season Greetings

Christmas greetingsNoel.
Peace, Joy and Hope to all the people of the world for Christmas and throughout the New Year.

From the President, Board of Directors, Manager and Staff of the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

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Festive Season Shutdown

Xmas 2014

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Courtesy Visit to the President of Malta

Pic 1 - President

The President and Board members of the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (MSA), recently paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta at the Palace in Valletta.

Pic 2 - President





Dr Vince Briffa, President of the MSA, gave a brief outline of the role of the Society and its activities in the advancement of culture and arts. H.E. the President of Malta expressed her wish to see more collaboration among the various organizations involved in the different fields of culture and the arts.
Pic 3 - President

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Five artists exhibiting solo for the first time at MSA

First solo 4

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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