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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Passing of Harry Alden


Harry Alden in front of his work The Cross and the Serpents, oils, 2009, Malta Society of Arts

The MSA is saddened by the passing of Harry Alden, MSA’s Gold Medal Awardee in 2013.

Alden stands out singularly as the person who in the 1960s introduced the hard-edge technique onto the local art scene and through his contribution both as an artist, as well as an art teacher, he made a name for himself within the mainstream of Maltese artists over the past sixty years.

For a longer biography please visit:

For photos of the Gold Medal Ceremony that took place in 2013, please visit:

The MSA would like to express heartfelt condolences to the family.

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Alex Dalli exhibition is now open!

On Thursday 27 June 2019, we opened ‘Preżenza’, an exhibition of old and new works by artist Alex Dalli, curated by Roderick Camilleri. The show will remain open until the 20 July 2019 at the Art Galleries, Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta. Entrance is free.

Opening hours:
Monday and Friday – 8am to 7pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday – 8am to Noon and 3pm to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 1.30pm

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Departures – Pawlu Grech, a life in perspective

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This is happening tomorrow!

The event celebrating the life and works of Pawlu Grech will be held tomorrow 14 June 2019 at 8pm at the Concert Hall of Palazzo de La Salle and also the Courtyard.

The event will consist of a Piano recital by  Ramona Zammit Formosa followed by a talk about the composer’s life and work, a small exhibition and a reception

Ticket bookings:

This concert will explore the shifting creative topology of contemporary Maltese composer and visual artist Pawlu Grech (b. 1938). ‘Departures’ will be the occasion of the world premier of various unpublished and never before heard compositions written in the composer’s formative years. A long-awaited event celebrating Pawlu’s artistic career, ‘Departures’ will trace the lifelong development of an aesthetic which, most prominently in the sphere of musical composition, departs from classical artistic forms.

The project is supported by Arts Council Malta – Malta Arts Fund.

More info in the following links:


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LCM Theory exams


On Saturday 15 June 2019, the Malta Society of Arts will be hosting the London College of Music Examinations in Theory.

A total of 302 students will be sitting for this Summer 2019 Theory exam session – 280 in the grades and 22 for Diplomas.

For information about LCM exams call us on 21244339 or 21244400.

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Andreana Boldarini’s ‘RED’ is now open!

The public can visit the exhibition on show at the Malta Society of Arts until 20 June 2019. The artworks are exhibited at the Art Galleries of Palazzo de La Salle in the following opening hours:

1 to 14 June - Monday to Friday from 8am to 7pm. Saturday from 9.30am to 1.30pm
From 15th June - Monday to Friday from 8am to Noon and 3pm to 6pm. Saturday 9.30am to 1.30pm.

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LCM Exams with Stuart Corbett ending soon

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LCM examiner Stuart Corbett

The Summer Practical London College of Music (LCM) exams session at the Malta Society of Arts will be coming to an end this Wednesday 22 May 2019. By the end of it, a total of 308 candidates will have sat for different practical Diploma and Grade examinations at the Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de La Salle, 219 Republic Street, Valletta.

The Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has been representing the London College of Music for the past 75 years.

The LCM examiner for this session was Mr Stuart Corbett, B.A. (Hons), F. DipMus., LTCL, LVCM, ALCM, LLCM, Dip.Ed., FVCM (Hons).

In 1960, Mr Corbett, apart from college-related activities, was involved in playing the piano for Big Bands and Jazz Groups. He furthered his teaching career and became Head of a large Faculty in a 13 – 18 years High School, where he tutored a number of Chamber Groups and Jazz Ensembles.

In the 80’s and 90’s he was a clarinetist and saxophonist with “The West Midland Light Orchestra”, “The Rehearsal Orchestra of London” and with a number of Midland Operatic Companies.

In 1993 Mr Corbett was offered a scholarship to the USA working mainly with High School Students. His activities were based at The International Music Camp (IMC) North Dakota and he was involved in conducting and in a survey of methods instrumental teaching used in the USA.

In 1994 Mr Corbett became a member of the Board of Examiners of the London College of Music. He was also responsible for writing Jazz, Clarinet, Saxophone syllabuses for London College of Music. He is still continuing his own Playing and Music Education in the UK, USA and Ireland.

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ISO Festival concerts start today at MSA!

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The three concerts of the International Spring Orchestra Festival will be taking place in the Concert Hall of Palazzo de La Salle, all starting at 8pm. Tickets from

More info about the festival can be found on:


Chamber music from the 21st century - Camilleri, Musgrave, Conil & Lièvre

Eulalie Charland, Violin
Max Mausen, Clarinet
Maiko Mori, Piano


Pianist Saida Zulfugarova will perform works by Schumann and Beethoven


Repertoire to include works by Schubert, Schuman and Brahms by Joseph Lia, baritone and Natalia Rakhmatulina, piano

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Committee of the MSA 2019 – 2020

 The Malta Society of Arts would like to announce that, following the meeting that took place on Monday 1 April 2019, the structure of the MSA Committee  for 2019-2020 will be as follows:

 Arch. Adrian Mamo

 Mr Roderick Camilleri

 Mr Stephen Sant’Angelo
Hon. Secretary

 Ms Dorothy Meli
Hon. Treasurer

Mrs Margaret Farrugia

Mr Joseph J. Mifsud

Arch. Ms Elisa-Anne Tonna

Mr Anthony Patrick Vella

Mr Norman Cristina
Govt. Representative

 Mr Joe Scerri


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‘Arja’ exhibition now open!

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On Thursday 4 April, Finnish-Maltese artist Arja Nukarinen-Callus opened her new, self-titled exhibition ‘Arja’ within the art galleries of Palazzo de La Salle to a good audience.

Francesca Balzan gave an interesting speech to mark the exhibition’s official opening. For more details of the exhibition, please visit 

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‘Rotot’ Seminar, Blockchain event and closing of Ritty Tacsum show

Busy week at the Malta Society of Arts!

Tomorrow Wednesday 27 March, we are hosting the seminar ‘Rotot’ organised by Inizjamed:

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rotot-square posterThursday 28 March we are hosting ‘Blockchain for Beginners’ at 6pm.

Blockchain for beginners - Poster (1)Thursday is also the last day of Ritty Tacsum’s exhibition ‘Where I Lay Down’ and there is a closing event happening till 9pm:

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