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


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Temporary closure of Sala dei Cavalieri

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Our Sala dei Cavalieri, also referred to as the Grandmasters’ Hall or Knights’ Hall, situated on the first floor of Palazzo de La Salle is currently undergoing conservation works on its decorative wall surfaces. ⚠️

Due to the nature of the works underway, it is regretfully inaccessible to members of the public. Works are due to be completed by the end of 2020, after which the Sala dei Cavalieri will be open for public viewing.

The project is being fully funded by the MSA. Works are being carried out by ReCoop under the supervision of Project Manager Professor Keith Sciberras.

We will be keeping you updated about the conservation’s progress. But first, here’s a little history…

The Sala dei Cavalieri (Grandmasters’ Hall or Knights’ Hall) was added to the palazzo in 1732 by the brothers de La Salle in a space which had previously been an open terrace. Although it has been hinted that the hall was conceived as a chapel, there is no evidence of this, especially since the palazzo also boasts a unique chapel on the same floor. Rather, it was probably only intended as a prestigious secular space commemorating the de La Salle family and its connection with the Knights of the Order of St John. As the most lavish room within the palace, it was probably used for official and special events. The style of its decoration is 18th Century Baroque Manner. The Hall includes a life-size gilded sculpture of St John the Baptist and gilded busts of varied Grandmasters. The oil paintings depicting different Grandmasters are the later work of Domenico Micallef and dated 1926-29. The portrait of Enrico de La Salle is a copy of the original found in St Catherine’s Convent further up in Republic Street.

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Last day of contemporary jewellery exhibition

Tomorrow Wednesday 5 February 2020 will be the last day of our ‘Southern Depths and Northern Lights – Different Likeness‘ contemporary jewellery exhibition of the artistic duo Gioia Clavenzani and Ivano Ghinelli / JAD which was being exhibited at our Courtyard.

Opening hours for Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 February are from 8am to 7pm. Entrance is free. Come visit!

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Planet of Prunes concert this Saturday 18 January!

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Frank Zappa Songbook

Voice, Dance, Piano, Gas Masks, Poodles and other weird stuff!

Performed by the 2XZ Duo
Alba Dal Collo, voice
Giovanni Mancuso, piano

Date: 18 January 2020

Time: 8.30pm


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‘Anima’ – Exhibition by Dione Borg opens soon


‘Anima’ by Dione Borg opens this Thursday 9 January 2020 at 7.30pm. It will remain open until the 31 January 2020. Visit it at our Art Galleries, Palazzo de La Salle, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 08:00 to 19:00hrs
Saturday 09:00 to 13:30hrs

For more info visit

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Christmas Break

NOTICE: The Malta Society of Arts would like to inform the public that it will be closed for the Christmas break from Friday 20 December 2019 at 12pm (noon) until Thursday 2 January 2020. It will re-open on Friday 3 January 2020.

The MSA wishes you all a very merry Christmas and a great 2020! 

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‘Xebgha Nies 2′ a great success!

‘Xebgha Nies 2 – The Human Clay’ closed on Thursday 19 November 2019 at the Malta Society of Arts. The participating artists were Paul Scerri, Debbie Caruana Dingli, Kenneth Zammit Tabona, Steve Bonello, Francesca Balzan, Saviour Baldacchino, Marisa Attard and Andrew Diacono, under the curatorship of Caroline Miggiani. 

The exhibition was received incredibly well by both the critics and the general public and the MSA is proud to have hosted such a successful exhibition.

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Stephen Sant’Angelo Celebration Night

The Malta Society of Arts celebrates to its long-standing Hon. Secretary

 Stephen Sant’Angelo’s name has become synonymous with the MSA during his 17 years of voluntary service to the Society

During a musico-literary night on Wednesday 11 December 2019, the Malta Society of Arts celebrated the long contribution given by Mr Stephen Sant’Angelo, who served as its Honorary Secretary for 17 years and continues to occupy the role to this day. The evening was aptly called ‘Memoirs’ and it collated key social, cultural and political memories spanning Sant’Angelo’s nine long and variegated decades of personal and professional life.

Attended by family, friends, current and past members of the MSA Committee and MSA employees, the night featured readings by Jo Caruana and musical accompaniments by Dominic Galea. In his message, MSA President Arch. Adrian Mamo thanked Mr Sant’Angelo for his relentless work, commitment, love and dedication to the MSA. The evening served as a fitting tribute to the man whose work and unstinting contribution developed and enriched the institution that is the Malta Society of Arts. His daily committed work continues to help the MSA in its endeavours.

At the end of the night, Sant’Angelo was donated a lithographic portrait by artist, curator and MSA Vice President Roderick Camilleri.

For Stephen Sant’Angelo’s full biography, please visit and

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Xebgha Nies 2 – Gallery Talk

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Gallery Talk & Meet the Artists! 

Saturday 7 December 2019 at 10:30am

Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle,

Entrance is free

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Last chance to see iMprint’s exhibition!

Our ongoing exhibition ‘Grafika: Of Form and Image’ will be closing this Saturday 30 November 2019. The exhibition has been getting incredible comments and reviews and is not to be missed.

iMprint founder Jesmond Vassallo together with the exhibition’s curator Christian Attard are very satisfied with the high level of the exhibition and the turnout of the public.

Being a biennal event, the next iMprint exhibition will be back in 2021.

For more information, please visit:

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NEWS! Call for Artists for 2021!

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The Malta Society of Arts (MSA) is inviting artists/curators to send in applications for the holding of visual arts exhibitions at Palazzo de la Salle, Valletta, during 2021.

Over recent years, the MSA has expertly converted Palazzo de la Salle in full respect of its historical character, whilst adapting it to excellently fit the needs of modern artistic and cultural activities.

Applicants are to submit applications, duly filled, with all required documents related to the planned exhibition of works. Applications and guidelines may be downloaded from for information purposes, however applicants are encouraged to visit the premises and discuss any queries with MSA before submitting their applications.

All applications will be processed by the MSA’s Visual Arts Advisory Board, according to specific artistic and logistical criteria. The MSA will notify the outcome to the artists/curators in February 2020.

Applications are to be submitted by hand by not later than Thursday 12 December 2019.

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