Closing dates during the holidays

We would like to inform everyone that the MSA will be closed between Saturday 22 December 2018 and Wednesday 2 January 2018 (both days included). We will re-open with the usual opening hours on Thursday 3 January 2019.

All of us here at the Malta Society of Arts would like to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful New Year!



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MSA Crowdfunding campaign launched!

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Conservation of the wall paintings of the Chapel at Palazzo de la Salle

Support the completion of the conservation of the stunning Baroque wall paintings of the Chapel of Palazzo De la Salle, Valletta, started by the Department of Conservation and Built Heritage of the University of Malta in 2016. Such important paintings will be finally presented to the public after hundreds years of obscurity.

There are some amazing rewards for those who donate funds, including a free one-year membership to the MSA, attendance to a lecture about conservation by professional conservationists, a concert by The Goldberg Ensemble presenting a new composition by Christopher Muscat, a course of your choice at MSA, a concert in the magical setting of the Chapel itself, and many prime tickets for the Baroque festival and other events at the Manoel Theatre!


Located in the lower part of the Republic Street, in Valletta, and built in the late 16th century, Palazzo De la Salle has been home to Knights of the Order of St John for over 200 hundreds years during the Baroque era. The magnificent Palazzo has been the seat of the Malta Society of Arts (MSA) since 1923, and is currently used for arts education, exhibitions and performances.

The little-know Chapel within the Palazzo is decorated with stunning 1730s wall paintings depicting the Coats of Arms of Fra Guillaume de la Salle, the eponymous resident of the Palazzo, Grandmaster Manoel de Vilhena, and scenes from the Life of St John. These paintings are highly significant as some of the few Baroque wall paintings in Malta to survive within a domestic context, but they are virtually unknown to scholars and the public alike, since the Chapel has been closed to the public since the early 20th century.

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The Project entails the completion of the conservation of the wall paintings of the Chapel, started by the Department of Conservation and Built Heritage of the University of Malta in 2016. Such important paintings will be finally presented to the public after hundreds years of obscurity.


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Gold Medal 2018 Ceremony – Awardee Paul Haber

This year the Malta Society of Arts will be awarding its Gold Medal to ceramist Paul Haber.

The ceremony will take place at the Concert Hall of Palazzo de La Salle on Thursday 6 December 2018 at 7pm.

Paul Haber biography:

Born in Gozo, Malta, Paul Haber graduated in ceramics from Central St. Martins College of Art in London after following intensive studies in art and sculpture in Malta, Italy and the UK.

Today Paul produces unique ceramic art works, which although dissimilar to each other, bear the imprint, inspiration and skilled execution which connects each superb piece created by him.

Although intrinsically simple in form, Paul’s works invoke a power which belies the seemingly effortless building techniques culminating in the final creation. His choice of glazes, whether in bright or muted hues, or even the lack of glazing, when he is impelled to use the natural colours of the different clay bodies as his canvas, are in perfect harmony, complementing the inspired idea exposed to the viewer in a myriad of forms and shapes. These are at times deformed or purposely distorted to engage the audience and stimulate each viewer to allow for personal interpretation.

Without forcing himself or the material he treats with sublimity, Paul produces exciting works, which like his own spirit, are uncomplicated but strong, minimal but at the same time laden with feelings and inspirations etched on his soul through a lifetime of memories, impressions and experiences.

Paul has exhibited his works in several collective exhibitions and personal shows in museums and art galleries in Malta and abroad, with the most important ones being his exhibitions at the Lincoln Centre in New York, at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and his retrospective exhibition in the Bank of Valletta series.

History of the Gold Medal Award

The Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, established just over 160 years ago, was, for at least a century, the islands’ only nationally recognised promoter of the Arts. Palazzo de La Salle served as the meeting place and exhibition space for the Accademia di Belle Arti group founded by Josef Kalleja in 1930. Notably, in the early 1950’s, the Society came to the aid of the newly-formed Modern Art movements and awarded scholarships to some of the great artists of the time, including Giuseppe Calì, Antonio Sciortino and Joseph Briffa.

Throughout the years, the Exhibition Halls of Palazzo de La Salle have been graced with the works of Malta’s great masters including Anton Inglott, Gianni Vella, Vincent Apap, Lazzaro Pisani and Edward Caruana Dingli.

Past recipients of the Gold Medal Award have included such illustrious names as Sir Temi Zammit (1904), Robert Caruana Dingli (1916), Emvin Cremona (1963), Oreste Chircop (1997), Richard England (1984), Joseph Calleja (2007), Harry Alden (2013) and Carmine Lauri (2015) to name but a few.

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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:

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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.

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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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