Opening of ‘Vernacular’ by Karen Caruana


Vernacular by artist Karen Caruana (curated by Sabrina Calleja Jackson) opened at the Art Galleries of Palazzo de La Salle on Thursday 10 May.

Dates: Thursday 10th May 2018 – 26th May 2018

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30-19:00, Saturdays from 10am-2pm

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

VERNACULAR is an exhibition of works by Karen Caruana and curated by Sabrina Calleja Jackson illustrating a nostalgic walk through the current evidence of our country’sdevelopment. These dreamy yet realistic oil paintings characterize a wish to stay in a better past and a direct sensitivity towards a questionable future. The representation of made up spaces vs existing spaces is evident in Caruana’s work which helps to portray her interest towards the comparisons between mind and matter and how these two important aspects work together.

Artist Bio:

Karen Caruana is a Malta-based fine artist and illustrator. She has been studying Fine Art since 2001, works mainly with painting and is mostly intrigued by colour, form, facial expressions, and captured movement. Most of the time, she works through a painting with the aim to understand and indirectly tackle personal struggles along the whole process, using visual imagery as a ritual or confession to reach out to herself and sometimes others.  Karen works as a full-time artist and is currently producing work for her first solo show.



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LCM Summer 2018 Practical Exams

The next session for the London College of Music (LCM) examinations will be taking place at Palazzo de La Salle from 7-23 May 2018. This will be a Practical Exams session where 333 students in total will be sitting for exams divided as follows:

324 students sitting for their respective Grades for various instruments
3 students sitting for their Diplomas (Piano, Trombone, Viola)
6 students sitting for their Acoustic Guitar exam

This will be the first time ever that students will be sitting for an Acoustic Guitar exam for LCM.

In Malta, five exams, (three Theory and two Practical) are held annually. All exams are accredited by and also recognised by The Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF).

The LCM examiner for this session is Paul Carter.


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Paul Carter – LCM Examiner

Paul Carter has lived and worked in many different parts of the UK, including the North West close to Manchester, the Midlands and for many years, in London.

He studied a number of musical instruments but specialised in pipe organ. As such, he was a church organist and choir trainer for many years whilst living in the UK.

He studied at a number of colleges and universities, including Royal Holloway College, University of London and the University of Durham.

He has worked as a conductor, composer, performer and examiner throughout his professional life. He has held positions as Director of Music in both public schools and in the state sector.

In the early 2000s, he moved to Germany where he now lives. Besides music, he has worked at two major universities teaching a range of English courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Outside of work, he is a keen amateur cook, and also is very interested in renovating residential properties.


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Structure of MSA Committee for 2018-2019

During the first meeting of the Committee after the Annual General Meeting, the structure of the committee for the next two years was announced, re-confirming most of the members’ positions in affirmation of the excellent work and achievements of the Society in the past few years.


 Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca,
President of Malta

 His Grace Mgr. Charles j. Scicluna,
Archbishop of Malta

COMMITTEE 2018 – 2019

 Arch. Adrian Mamo

 Mrs Marika Azzopardi

 Mr Stephen Sant’Angelo
Hon. Secretary

 Ms Dorothy Meli
Hon. Treasurer

Mr Roderick Camilleri

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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Book your place for our Annual Fund-Raising Dinner!

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This year, MSA’s much-awaited Annual Fund-Raising Dinner will be held at the Grand Marquee, Villa Arrigo, Naxxar on Friday 27th April 2018 at 7:30pm. Organised to support the Special Projects Programme, the Fund-Raising Dinner is an initiative set up by the Committee of the Malta Society of Arts to grant scholarships to students showing aptitude for artistic work.

For more info or to book, contact Joe Scerri on 21244339 / 21244400 or 79093885 or email

Book early to avoid disappointment! 

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Three elected members on MSA Committee

On Monday 26 March 2018, the Malta Society of Arts’ held its Annual General Meeting for 2018 at Palazzo de La Salle.

The meeting included the election of 3 Members on the MSA Committee:

Elyse Tonna – re-elected
Margaret Farrugia – re-elected
Anthony Patrick Vella – newly-elected

The structure of the Committee will be announced soon.

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MSA’s Annual General Meeting 2018

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The Malta Society of Arts’ Annual General Meeting for 2018 will be held at 6pm on Monday 26 March 2018 at the Concert Hall of Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta.

The meeting will include the presentation of the Administrative and Financial Reports for the Year 2017 and the election of 3 Members on the Committee.

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Embedded exhibition launched

On Thursday 1 February 2018, our newest exhibition ‘Embedded’ by Wioletta Kulewska and curated by Sandra Zaffarese was launched in the renovated galleries of Palazzo de La Salle. The event was very well-attended and the feedback was very positive for the Malta-based Polish artist.

Here are a few snaps from Opening Night. Further details of opening dates and times can be found below.





Preview: Thursday 1st February 2018 – 19:00 – 22:00

Open to the general public: 2nd February – 1st March 2018

Time: Monday to Friday from 8:30-19:00, Saturdays from 8:30-13:30

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

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A collection of abstract, biomorphic paintings by Wioletta Kulewska, inspired by the marine fossil remains found inside Maltese limestone.

From its greensand beaches, its coralline cliffs, to the limestone used in the construction of its buildings — all the rock found in the Maltese archipelago contains petrified lifeforms.

Like an ancient fabric of memories, the prehistoric life recorded in Maltese rock dates back some 35 million years.

Painting in oils with use of gold leaf, and using a technique of printing plaster sculpture directly onto the canvas, Kulewska recreates the elemental process of fossilisation, and explores themes of embodiment, resemblance and disappearance.

The vestiges of these prehistoric lifeforms inspire a series of meditations in oil — on fragility, the infinite and the sublime.


Wioletta Kulewska is a Polish artist who has been living and working in Valletta since 2008. Kulewska is a graduate of the Department of Fine Arts & Display Design at the High School of Arts in Opole, Poland, as well as the Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw and London Metropolitan University, UK.

In 2017 she completed a Painting in Contemporary practice course at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London.

Her process is rooted in the close forensic studio observation of natural phenomena but she also employs a spontaneous method of ‘on-the-spot’ figurative painting.

In her current exhibition she uses the patterns of marine fossils as a starting point for her explorations in paint and print reliefs.

‘Embedded’ is her first solo painting exhibition in Malta.

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LCM Graduation Ceremony 2017


Aerial view of all the London College of Music Examinations Graduates.

On the 20 December 2017, the Malta Society of Arts held a Graduation Ceremony for the 50 music students who obtained their Diplomas with the London College of Music Examinations in the Practical and Theory sections.
The evening started out with a few selected students playing their chosen pieces on the new Steinway piano to a delighted audience, which was followed by the handing out of the Diploma certificates by MSA President Arch. Adrian Mamo.
We would like to congratulate all the students for their efforts and commitment. The tutors from LCM remark repeatedly that the level of local students is very high and we are proud to be the LCM’s representatives on our islands.

MSA would like to thank its team member Rosette Vella for her impeccable work coordinating the LCM examinations.


MSA President Arch. Adrian Mamo giving a short speech before handing out the Diploma certificates.


Student Chantal Mangion performing “Berceuse in D flat Major, Op.57” by Frederic Chopin.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Blue Palazzo de La Salle (2)

The President, Members of the Committee, Manager and staff of the Malta Society of Arts would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year full of creative and artistic adventures!

We’d also like to remind you that our offices will now be closed until the 2 January. We’ll re-open to the public on the 3 January 2018.

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Inauguration Ceremony – 29 November 2017

The Malta Society of Arts officially inaugurated the renovated Upper Floor of Palazzo de La Salle on Wednesday 29 November 2017 with a piano concert. The newly-renovated spaces include the Concert Hall, the Art Galleries and a Conference Room.

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Renovation works at Palazzo de La Salle in Valletta started in June 2016, and after eighteen months of intense and difficult works, the final result was unveiled a few weeks ago with a piano concert. This was followed by an Open Day on Friday 1 December, where Members of the MSA and the general public were shown around the premises and given details of the works and the cultural events which are already transforming the Art Galleries and the Concert Hall of Palazzo de La Salle into a hot cultural hub.


_053The inauguration ceremony was attended by Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018 Hon. Dr Deo Debattista, who was shown around the exhibition iMprint III by the President of the Malta Society of Arts Arch. Adrian Mamo.

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Maltese pianist Maureen Galea unveiled the brand new Steinway piano which has recently been acquired by the Malta Society of Arts as part of its renovation process, playing pieces by Grieg, Charles Camilleri, Kaprálová, Beethoven, Suk and Tomášek. The programme was curated by Michelle Castelletti who commented she chose “works that were performed here for the London College of Music piano examinations and diplomas, patriotic pride, all the various associations of a ‘cantilena’, and compositions which have been used to inspire painting (in both improvised live painting sessions, as well as in the studio).”


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