The Malta Society of Arts was established in 1852, and is Malta’s oldest institution for the promotion of the arts and crafts.


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MSA’s Annual General Meeting 2017








Election of 3 Members during AGM 

During the Malta Society of Arts’ Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday 27 March 2017 at 6pm, there will be an election of three (3) Members for the Committee of the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce for the period 1st April 2017 – 31st March 2020.

Nominations are to be made on the prescribed form and they will be received by not later than noon of Tuesday 28 February 2017.

For more details, please see the Notification that was sent to the Members.


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Update on works at Palazzo de La Salle


For a few months now, we have been working intensely on upgrading the seat of the Malta Society of Arts – the magnificent 18th century Palazzo de La Salle. Works include the following:

  • The Chapel is undergoing conservation works
  • The Sala dei Cavalieri will also be undergoing conservation works soon
  • Four Halls situated on the Upper Floor are being refurbished to be used as gallery/exhibition spaces, among other things
  • Another hall is being transformed into a fully-equipped space for performances, including concerts, theatre, events and much more


These changes that are being implemented mostly to the first floor of the Palazzo include infrastructural changes – entrances and exits are being modified to accommodate the modern needs of the Malta Society of Arts, and some of the spaces will be larger, thanks to intelligent use of space.


Works will continue throughout the coming months. We are very excited to be working on such a huge but greatly satisfying project for our Society that will provide more modern and adequate spaces for the MSA’s activities and those of the growing artistic and cultural community around us.

We will keep you updated with more developments in the coming months.

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‘The Boats of Malta’ Talk by Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar


Recently, FAA told you about the study about Malta’s boats by Desmond Morris, the world famous anthropologist. This week, they are going to think about the people in those boats. Fiona Vella is the author of Disappearing Malta, a book on culture, crafts and traditional ways of life. She will be joining the talk on the 9th of February, for what was already an incredible talk, to present some of the stories of fishermen from her book.

The questions about Malta’s traditional boats remain, and will be answered in the first half of the talk about the study by Desmond Morris. Did you know that the colours on Malta’s traditional boats are associated with different harbours? Or that the death of a member of a fishing family is marked on their boat?

All these facts and much more will be revealed in Professor Aquilina’s talk for Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar. This special talk comes thanks to the research of world-famous anthropologist Desmond Morris, who lived in Malta for six years in the 70s. 

This long-hidden study has finally been published after being lost for decades. Come along and enjoy learning the fascinating stories behind some of Malta’s most iconic cultural icons.

The talk will be held on Thursday 9th February at the Palazzo de la Salle with an entrance fee of 5 euros.

FAA is teaming up with Faraxa Publishing to bring this study to light. FAA and Faraxa Publishing carried out an interview on TVM to discuss the study which you can watch here.

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MSA’s Annual General Meeting 2017


This year, the Malta Society of Arts’ Annual General Meeting will take place at 6pm on Monday the 27 February 2017 at the Palazzo de La Salle.

More details will follow soon.

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New courses starting in February!

Places are filling up fast on our courses starting at the end of January/beginning of February, so hurry up and book your places. Here’s the schedule of all of our courses (click on or save the image below to enlarge for better readability). For more information, kindly contact us on 21244339 or 21244400. 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from MSA!

On behalf of everyone here at the Malta Society of Arts, we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Great New 2017! May you all have a peaceful and serene time with your close ones. In the meantime, Les Gavroches seem to be delighted by our Christmas tree.


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NOTICE: Closing dates at MSA over Christmas

The MSA will be closed for the Christmas holidays between the 23 December and the 2 January (both days inclusive). If you’d like to apply for our courses starting in February, we urge you to do so before we close to secure your place. 


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New schedule of courses starting in February!

Applications are now open for the courses starting in February. For more details of each course, please visit our ‘Courses‘ section on this website.


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Danilo Arata Photographic Exhibition this January

“A world of human shadows”

Danilo Arata Photographic Exhibition

Between the 4 January and 4 February 2016, Italian pilot and photographer Danilo Arata will present “A world of human shadows” at the MSA’s courtyard.

This exhibition represents a significant milestone for Danilo’s photographic career. A pilot by trade, he spent the last 10 years flying a business jet around the world, collecting thousands of photos, trying to frame intimate and everyday moments of people belonging to their land.

Danilo believes that every human is a shadow, leaving a print of colours during his/her passage on this Earth. His aim is to “Pass a message by painting with light”, transferring to the viewer a small fragment of the emotions he feels flying and wandering around the world. As Danilo says: “Enjoy your flight!”

Follow the exhibition’s Facebook Page and event:

From Monday to Friday the exhibition’s opening hours are from 8am-7pm. Saturdays you can see Danilo’s works from 9am-1pm. Entrance is free of charge.

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Ziguzajg Festival is here at MSA!

This Friday the MSA is proud to be hosting the first performances of  “Shakeshorts presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Christopher Dingli as part of Ziguzajg Festival. Check out our event pages for more info and come watch! 


Performance schedule:

Friday 11th November 2016: 9:30, 11:30 & 17:30
Saturday 12th November 2016: 11:30hrs & 17:30
Thursday 17th November 2016: 9:30, 11:30 & 17:30
Friday 18th November 2016: 9:30 & 17:30
Sunday 20th November 2016: 10:00, 11:30 & 17:30

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