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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Saudade by Gabriel Buttigieg is open!

The opening of Gabriel Buttigieg’s Saudade took place on Thursday 8 November 2018. The event was very well attended and the creative community got together to celebrate art. The exhibition will remain open until the 29 November at the Art Galleries, with the opening hours below (entrance is free):

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

Here are a few photos from opening night.

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LCM Winter Practical Exams starting soon!


The London College of Music (LCM) Winter 2018 Practical exams are soon here!

The exams will be held between the 8th and the 29th October 2018.

There will be a total of 362 students sitting for this exam session – 342 grade exams and 20 diplomas.

The examiner will be Timothy Rogers and the instruments for this exam session will be the following:

GRADES: Piano, Violin, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Classical Saxophone, Pop Music Vocals, Flute, Drum Kit, Snare Drum, Timpani, Trumpet, Euphonium, Baritone, Trombone, French Horn, and Accordion.

DIPLOMAS: Piano, Clarinet, Violin, Classical Guitar, Drum Kit, and Conducting.

We wish the students the best of luck!

Info about examiner Timothy Rogers:

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Timothy Rogers won a major music scholarship to St Edward’s, Oxford, before reading music at Cardiff University. He holds a BMus (Hons) degree and has also been awarded the Fellowship diplomas of Trinity College London and the London College of Music.

Rogers has followed a career in publishing, working for Novello, Music Sales, the Royal School of Church Music and Walker Books. In 1992, he set up his own music publishing business, Encore Publications, and now works as its Head of Publishing. The catalogue enjoys a worldwide reputation as a specialist publisher of choral music, featuring the works of more than 100 composers, such as Stephen Cleobury and Sir Philip Ledger. Choral works published by Encore Publications have often featured in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge, as well as other major events including the royal weddings of H.R.H. Prince William to Catherine Middleton in 2011 and H.R.H. Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in May 2018. He complements and refreshes this core activity with a portfolio of freelance jobs, including composing and private music teaching (violin, composition & theory), as well as work covering marketing, editing and copyright.

In 1987, he became one of the youngest composers in the famous Carols for Choirs series, edited by Sir David Willcocks and John Rutter, and published by Oxford University Press. His output includes choral and organ music, some of which is published by Stainer & Bell and the RSCM. His works for solo organ have been widely performed by distinguished organists including Francis Jackson, who performed Exultate at York Minster, and Kevin Bowyer, who broadcast the piece. The choirs of Coventry, Ely, Norwich and Portsmouth Cathedrals in the UK, and the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral London, Ontario in Canada, have all sung his choral works. His music has been recorded and broadcast on the BBC. Since 2013, he has also worked alongside Bob Chilcott, Adrian Partington and Christopher Robinson as a judge of the John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young Composers.

Rogers became an examiner for the London College of Music at the University of West London in 2015 and has recently made tours to China, Hong Kong, Ireland and Turkey, as well as examining throughout the UK. He is also a member of the LCM’s theory marking panel.


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New exhibition opening: Nick Inguanez

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This Thursday 13 September 2018 at 19:30, the Malta Society of Arts’ Exhibition Halls will start hosting the art exhibition ‘Aesthetics of Disappearance’ by Nick Inguanez, which is curated by Elyse Tonna.

Title: Aesthetics of Disappearance 

Artist: Nick Inguanez

Curator: Elyse Tonna

Dates: 13 September– 28 September 2018

Exhibition Opening Hours:
Monday from 08:00 hrs to 17:00hrs
Tuesday to Friday from 08:00hrs to Noon | 15:00hrs to 18:00hrs
Saturday and Sunday closed

Venue: Art Galleries, Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta

Entrance is free.

In ‘Aesthetics of Disappearance’, visual artist Nick Inguanez presents a series of ‘figurative landscapes’ in mixed media on canvas, experimenting with a hybrid combining figurative poses with local architectural scenes to represent a paradoxical transience of the present superimposed on the historical value of the past. The exhibition will be showcasing a series of concept sketches, large scale works and a contemporary installation.

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Members’ Exhibition ‘Perception’ in the media

Our Members’ Exhibition titled ‘Perception’ is receiving some attention in the press. Here are a few articles that appeared.

Article on the Times of Malta below (online version here:



Article on MaltaToday below (online version here:



Article on the Malta Independent below (online version:

Malta Independent Article


Article on here:

Feature on the programme Kultura News which aired on the National Maltese station Television Malta:



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Perception – MSA Members’ Exhibition

Perception poster Curated by Roderick Camilleri


Official Opening – Thursday 2 August 2018
Open to the public – Friday 3 August to Thursday 30 August 2018

Opening times: 

Mondays and Fridays from 8am to 7pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8am to Noon and 3pm to 6pm
Saturdays from 9am to 1.30pm
Sundays & Public Holidays closed 

Venue: Art Galleries, Palazzo de La Salle, 219 Republic Street, Valletta

Entrance is free.

The Malta Society of Arts’ traditional Members’ Exhibition for this year has been revamped and will revolve around the theme of the senses

Under the guidance of young curator Roderick Camilleri, more than thirty members of the Malta Society of Arts (MSA) have taken up the challenge to participate in 2018’sofficial Members’ Exhibition entitled ‘Perception’. The show is being relaunched by the MSA after a short hiatus, updating its traditional annual members’ exhibition through a new exciting approach, which for the first time ever is being framed by a particular theme.

The participating members’ ideas have stemmed from an ongoing international project led by the Malta Society of Arts called AMuSE (Artistic Multi Sensorial Experiences), which is co-funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe umbrella. Through this project, the members were able to partake and assimilate from the main theme of thismulti-national multi-sensorial project and present experimental ideas which will translate into artistic works.

Through a number of workshops, informative meetings and curatorial advice by Roderick Camilleri, who is also the artistic director of AMuSE, the participants took on this fascinating journey to explore different modes of expressions, roping in diverse sensorial approaches to express their own personal creativity. All the participants formulated ideas and developed their inventive method and experimented with a number of different and at times alternative media to create innovate compositions. The exhibition reflects the numerous processes and practices explored by the participants during the past six months.

The event will showcase artworks by individual participants as well as group works. Perception presents diverse artworks such as tactile and olfactory paintings, mechanical, automated and interactive sculptures, sound images, mobiles and kinetic installations. The event will also reflect an artistic awareness and sensibility to the palace, as it will adorn all the possible open spaces, halls and galleries of Palazzo de la Salle.

The exhibition ‘Perception’ will be open from the 3rd till 30th August 2018 at Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta. Opening times are Monday and Friday from 8am to 7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am to Noon and 3pm to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 1.30pm. For more information kindly visit 

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Series of ‘Virtuosi’ concerts is ongoing!


Maltese soprano Nicola Said who’ll be performing ‘Virtuosi 4′ at Palazzo de La Salle.

At the Concert Hall of Palazzo de La Salle, we are hosting a series of daytime concerts called ‘Virtuosi’ as part of the Malta International Arts Festival, all starting at 11am.

For a full list of concerts please visit the ‘Events’ section of the Malta Society of Arts’s Facebook Page:

Or visit the MIAF 2018 website:

See you at Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta!

Entrance is free for all concerts!


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Launch of ‘Watercolour Madness’ – Kenneth Zammit Tabona

Part of the Malta International Arts Festival, the solo exhibition ‘Watercolour Madness’ by Kenneth Zammit Tabona opened at Palazzo de La Salle on Saturday 30 June.

Renowned Maltese artist and illustrator Kenneth Zammit Tabona is exhibiting over 60 watercolour paintings in what is his first solo exhibition since 2011. These last seven years, were, however, no hiatus for the artist as he has participated in several collective exhibitions and has incessantly produced paintings that continue to be in great demand by locals and foreigners alike.

Kenneth Zammit Tabona Launch (7)

Zammit Tabona’s exhibition will showcase new compositions of the “fuoridentro” room-with-a-view type, as well as his musings on the landscape. “Fuoridentro” was a term aptly coined by the late Professor Fr. Peter Serracino Inglott, and which Kenneth has unwaveringly continued to develop over the years. These paintings feature interiors full of all things beautiful, items that the artist has close to his heart: lavish textiles, exotic motifs, chinoiserie, Maltese silver, and the like.

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Kenneth Zammit Tabona Launch (4) All of the rooms that feature in the “fuoridentros” are also dotted with several still life motifs over which the eye can wander. These include fresh fruit, flowers and vases, birds, fountains, furniture, obelisks, lamps – elements that have become ubiquitous with Kenneth Zammit Tabona over the years, as are the chequered tiles.

The “fuoridentros” themselves each incorporate landscape scenes through the open windows or balcony doors, often open sea views, but also country and village views with churches, or landscape paintings hanging on the walls, as well as portraits and Modern Art. A lover of fine things, this passion is exuded into many of these paintings. However, some more humble interiors also feature, as do nocturnal scenes.

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The human form is curiously absent from most of these works, but the lone figure does occasionally feature; at the poolside, in a hot air balloon, on a hanging portrait, or framed through the neighbours’ window.Each painting is delectable, and all of them are imaginative, painterly and calligraphic, and particular in style, technique and execution.

Kenneth is the Artistic Director of the Manoel Theatre. He is also Artistic Director of the Valletta International Baroque Festival, chairman of the Valletta and Floriana Rehabilitation Project, and the President and Founder of the Friends of the National Museum of Fine Arts.

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This exhibition will be bringing together a significant collection of works which were painted over a number of years by this seasoned artist whose works are much loved by the public.

“Watercolour Madness” is being held with the generous support of Arts Council Malta, and is being organised as part of the Malta International Arts Festivaland Valletta 2018.

 Watercolour Madness by Kenneth Zammit Tabona will run between 30 June and 14 July 2018 at Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta. Entrance is free. For more information visit or

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Updated Office Hours

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Kindly note that between Monday 18 June and Saturday 30 June, our office hours will be from 8am to 12:30pm.

Our opening hours will be updated from Monday 2 July onwards when our summer courses start.

For any questions, call us on 21244400 or 21244339.

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Last chance to see Vincent Kraft’s ‘Street’!


Date: 31 MAY – 15 JUNE 2018
Opening: 31 MAY between 7pm – 10pm
Curator: LISA GWEN


- Friday 1 June – Thursday 14 June from 08:30hrs to 19:00hrs
- Friday 15 June from 08:30hrs to 17:00hrs

Weekend and Public Holidays:
- Saturday 2nd June 2018
- Thursday 7th June 2018 (Public Holiday)
- Saturday 9th June 2018


Vulnerabilities, violence and societal brutality are harsh realities that transcend geographical boundaries. Capturing striking and compelling instants from 12 countries, STREET explores a raw transcription of society that pervades both human interactions and physical spaces.

Through the shocking juxtaposition of images, this exhibition is a thought-provoking journey in contemporary concerns. 

Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018 

Valletta European Capital 2018, Nestle, French Embassy, JPA, Stage Up Malte, Jean de la Valette Foundation, 1969, UI Digital.

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Jeffrey Siegel’s concerts a great success!

Renowned American pianist Jeffrey Siegel wowed audiences at Palazzo de la Salle last weekend at two stunning concerts, one featuring works by Beethoven, and another featuring works by Bernstein and Gershwin. Mr Siegel presented a programme from his well-loved series Keyboard Conversations, which he has performed at illustrious venues across the United States and beyond. Mr Siegel was among the first artists to perform on Palazzo de la Salle’s beautiful new Steinway grand piano.



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