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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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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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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