Summer Opening Hours

Happy Summer!

From this Friday 16 June until 30 September, we’d like to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the summer, so MSA will be open from 8.30am till 12.30pm. May you all enjoy the sun, sea and sand!

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Tnemmis fil-Palazz – Art exhibition at the Malta Society of Arts

Dates:             7 – 31 July 2017
Place:             Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta
Admission: Free

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Tnemmis fil-Palazz

“Tnemmis fil-Palazz” is a visual arts project about the 16th century Palazzo de La Salle, the seat of the Malta Society of Arts. The idea of setting up this exhibition originated from artists who regularly attend art workshops at the MSA.  The Malta Society of Arts provided the artists the opportunity to focus on the project.

The participating artists attended a series of drawing workshops at the MSA.  The participants chose various angles and features of the building to prepare their drawings, using their artistic styles and imagination with a diversity of media.  These artistic works are now being exhibited.

This group of Maltese artists considered that this beautiful palace deserved exposure through art since all of them studied painting within the walls of Palazzo de La Salle.  The palace has some very intriguing features and character, and a very interesting history.

This exhibition is depicting the different aspects and characteristics of the building which has become to be known as Palazzo de La Salle, when it was bought from Comm. Fra Geronimo Basadonne by the Prior of Barletta, Fra Camillo Albertini.  After the death of Prior Albertini this house and its dependencies were passed on to the Treasury.  Grand Master Raymond Perellos Roccaful procured hold of the premises from the Treasury and with great regard, donated the palace to his nephews the Marquis de Dosaguas, Don Gennaro Perellos and the Count d’Albatera, Don Guglielmo Roccaful, Grandee of Spain, on condition that the Treasury was to allow the Knights, who were descendants of the Marquis de Dosaguas and of the Count d’Albatera, to enjoy the use of the premises while in the service of the Order in Malta.

For the first 71 years of its foundation the Society had no permanent residence to carry out its activities and had to move from one place to another, Palazzo Xara being one temporary seat.  In 1923 Joseph Howard, then Prime Minister, offered the use of Palazzo de La Salle to the Malta Society of Arts and to other three organisations. Incidentally Joseph Howard was the President of the MSA from 1917 to 1921 when he had to resign as he decided to serve his country as a politician.

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Participants (text version)

Josephine Hili

Josephine studied art at secondary school where she successfully obtained an O ‘level in art.  At a later age, she started art lessons at the Malta Society of Arts under the guidance of Mr. Matthew Cassar.

She has recently started attending an art workshop at the same Society with nine other colleagues, all having a passion for art.

Since then, she has taken part in a few collective exhibitions mainly with the Pastel Society and the MSA.

This exhibition is a way of showing her love for the Palazzo through her art.

Maria Cauchi

Ever since she can remember Maria’s greatest passion was art and creativity. But it was in her adulthood that she gave it her full focus. In 1997 Maria started to take her two children for art lessons at the Malta Society of Arts. She and her sister were the first two adult students of Mr Matthew Cassar.

A nurse by profession, she has managed to keep a weekly commitment ever since. She took part in various collective exhibitions at the Malta Society of Arts. She researched and explored different media and techniques, her favourite media being water colour, acrylic and pen and ink as well as experimenting with textures and collage.

Maria ‘s interest in this exhibition is the Palazzo’s architecture which has always fascinated and inspired her.

Yvette Carabott

A dentist by profession, Yvette discovered art later in life and attended art classes at the Malta Society of Arts, under the guidance of Mr Matthew Cassar.

She has a fascination for colour, texture and light and enjoys exploring different media especially water colour. Her enthusiasm for art has been an inspiration to her daughters who also enjoy painting.  She has taken part in collective exhibitions.

Yvette is presently attending a weekly workshop at the MSA where, with her colleagues, she is participating in this exhibition with depictions of this beautiful Palazzo.

 Marita Fenech

Marita studied art during her scholastic years under the guidance of artist Harry Alden and has obtained her O’ level in art.

A few years later she started attending art classes again at the Malta Society of Arts under the guidance of Mr. Matthew Cassar.

Marita enjoys using various media. Painting gives her a feeling of peace and relaxation. She attends an art workshop with a group of ladies weekly at the MSA.

She has taken part in various collective exhibitions in Malta and now exhibiting her work together with the group attending the weekly workshop.

Joanna Azzopardi

Joanne started taking art lessons late in life at the Malta Society of Arts, under the guidance of Matthew Cassar. She also attends classes by artist Winston Hassall and is also a member of the Pastel Society.

Her passion is using different media. She has taken part in various exhibitions organised for students attending the Malta Society of Arts

At the moment, she attends weekly workshops at the Society with fellow artists. This exhibition is her way of appreciating the beauty of the Palazzo through art.

Fabiola Agius Anastasi 

Fabiola Agius Anastasi, is a graduate in both Engineering and Art and Design. She is currently a contemporary painter and ceramicist with a passion for artistic experimentation, exploration as well as teaching.

Since her early childhood interest in art, she had achieved international painting awards. Fabiola has exhibited her artistic pieces in a number of exhibitions throughout her life. She considers art to be an expression of her interests, moods and outlook on life. Fabiola’s art is often inspired by the natural wonders that surround us, with several pieces being painted outdoors.

The Malta Society of Art is the place where she meets other artists, and enjoys painting in their company.

Loretta Anastasi

Loretta is a retired teacher and has always been interested in art, specialising in art during her College days. Later in life she attended several art classes and Art appreciation courses.

Nowadays she dedicates most of her free time painting and whenever possible tries to enjoy painting outside whilst enjoying the countryside.

Whilst attending the art workshop at the Society of Art, Loretta has been encouraged to take part in this exhibition as this Palazzo has many features and characteristics which can be brought out through visual art.

 Audrey Vella

For Audrey, art is a beautiful way to release emotions, to lose herself in the magnificence of colours and media, to find renewed peace.

A holistic therapy teacher by profession, Audrey started attending art classes at a late age under the tuition of artist Marlene Gouder

Later she began to attend classes at the Malta Society of Arts under the guidance of Mr. Matthew Cassar.  She is currently attending weekly art workshops, with a group of artists with whom she is participating in this exhibition, these workshops also allowing the artists to socialize and share ideas.

Presently Audrey has taken a step forward and is studying History of Art as part of a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Malta

She has exhibited paintings in various collective art exhibitions, however this exhibition is special to her as it reflects the admiration she has for Palazzo De La Salle

Elena Toncheva

Elena is Bulgarian artist based in Malta.

In 1985, she graduated with a Master’s degree in engineering from the University of Mining and Geology, Sofia, Bulgaria and worked for a number of years in scientific research.

In France, 2003 she started her artistic journey with oils.

Moving to Malta in 2005 she further developed her skills in drawing and painting under the tuition of Anton Grech, Philip Agius and Matthew Cassar. In 2008, she joined the Society of Arts and participated in all members’ exhibitions organized annually by the Society.

Since 2012, Elena has taken part in numerous collective exhibitions both locally and abroad.

During the month of April 2017, a number of Toncheva’s paintings were shown in a collective exhibition “Nature, Women and Gold’’ at Palazzo De Piro, Mdina, along with other three Bulgarian artists.

Elena Toncheva paints landscapes, seascapes and countryside scenes, still lives, abstracts using different painting techniques and palette knife.  The preferable media for her paintings are mostly oils, acrylics, and mixed media on canvas or wood.

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Easter period opening dates

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F’isem il-Malta Society of Arts, il-President tal-MSA jixtieq jawgura l-Għid it-Tajjeb lil kulħadd! L-MSA se tkun magħluqa bejn il-Ħamis 13 t’April u l-Ħadd 16 t’April. Il-Palazzo de La Salle se jerġa’ jkun miftuħ nhar it-Tnejn 17 t’April, iżda l-korsijiet jerġgħu jibdew il-Ħamis 20 t’April.

Awguri wkoll mingħand dawn il-ħlejjaq magħmulin tul waħda mil-lezzjonijiet tal-Cake Decorating!

On behalf of the Malta Society of Arts, MSA President would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter! The MSA will be closed between Thursday 13 April and Sunday 16 April. Our Palazzo de La Salle will be open on Monday 17 April, however courses resume on Thursday 20 April.

Happy holidays also from our Easter animals made during the Cake Decorating classes!

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Launch of Summer Courses 2017!

We proudly launch our schedule of Summer Courses starting on the 3 July 2017 and going on until the beginning of September! We offer 30 different courses in the Visual, Applied and Performing Arts. Have a look at the descriptions and details of each course on our Courses page here. You can contact us on or 21244339 / 21244400 for more info. We look forward to seeing you at our Palazzo de La Salle!

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Elezzjoni ta’ Membri tal-MSA – MSA Members’ Election


Il-Kummissjoni Elettorali tal-MSA rċeviet dawn in-nomini għall-Elezzjoni:-
The MSA’s Electoral Commissionreceived the following nominations  for the Election:- 

Kandidat/Candidate         Nominat minn/Nominated by          Sekondat minn/                                                                                                                                Seconded by

Agius P. Paul                                        Sant’Angelo Stephen                          Scerri Joe
Camilleri Roderick                              Sant’Angelo Stephen                          Scerri Joe
Galea Francis                                        Scerri Joe                                              Vella Rosette
Meli Dorothy                                       Sant’Angelo Stephen                            Scerri Joe
Mifsud Joseph J.                                  Vella Rosette                                        Inguanez Maria

Saviour J. Zammit
Chairman Kummissjoni Elettorali 2017/Chairman Electoral Commission 2017


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Laqgha General Annwali – Annual General Meeting

(English version below)       

Kif diġa notifikat, il-Laqgħa Ġenerali Annwali tal-MSA ser ssir nhar it-Tnejn 27 ta’ Marzu 201fis-6pm ġewwa Palazzo de La Salle, 219 Triq ir-Repubblika, il-Belt.  F’nuqqas ta’ quorum is-Seduta tibda mhux aktar tard minn 15-il minuta mill-ħin avżat (Artiklu Nu 8.5 tal-iStatut).

As already notified, the MSA’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 27 March 201at 6pm  at Palazzo de La Salle, 219 Republic Street, Valletta. If a quorum is not reached, the meeting will start not later than 15 minutes from the announced time (Article No 8.5 of the Statute).

                 AĠENDA                                                        AGENDA

 1. Qari ta’ Minuti tal-aħħar Laqgħa Ġenerali                 Reading of Minutes of the last General Meeting

2. Rapport Amministrattiv għas-Sena 2016                   Administrative Report for the Year 2016

3. Rapport Finanzjarju għas-Sena 2016                          Financial Report for the year 2016

4. Emendi għall-iStatut                                                       Amendments for the Statute

5. Elezzjoni ta’ tliet (3) Membri fuq il-Kumitat             Election of three (3) Members on the Committee

6. Ħatra ta’ Awdituri                                                           Appointment of Auditors   


Stephen Sant’Angelo
Segretarju Onorarju / Honorary Secretary


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Clowntifics Interactive Show

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The combination of science and comedy has never been so exciting, from explosions to fire and rockets, come and witness it all! Clowntifics will use comedy and entertainment to explain the scientific concepts behind everything around us in a new and original way.

Clowntifics, brought to you by the minds behind Science in the City, is an interactive science show where members of the audience get to take part in the experiments themselves whilst learning about science and how it affects our day to day lives.

The Big Van Theory, a group of Spanish scientists who are also trained in theatre, will be performing this comedy show for children on Saturday 11 March between 5-6pm at the Palazzo de La Salle.

This interactive show, for children of ages 4 to 11 combines clowns, comedy and experiments to help kids explore the wonders of science. Entrance is against a donation of €5 per person at the door.

This event is organised by the Science in the City festival team and the Malta Chamber of Scientists. Supported by the Valletta 2018 foundation and Get Your Act Together. 

To register your interest, avoid disappointment and save time on the day please contact

Come join the Big Van as we delve into the secrets of the universe!

Date: Saturday 11 March, 5-6pm

Place: Palazzo de La Salle, Malta Society of Arts, 219 Republic Street, Valletta

For more info

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Littlebot Film Labs at MSA

Starting from the 7 March and for three weeks, the MSA will be hosting a series of fun hands-on workshops that aim to educate eleven to fifteen-year olds on how to make a film on their phone in a total of sixteen hours.

The project seeks to educate and inspire Malta’s youth on the art of film making through screenwriting, sound, filming and editing. It comprises a series of four hands-on workshops in which participants will be producing their own film from scratch, using nothing but a smartphone and open-source software.

They’ll be taken through the creative process step by step, starting with the basics of storytelling from screenwriter Cassi Camilleri, capturing and effectively using sound with sound designer and musician Yasmin Kuymizakis, as well as getting to grips with directing and editing with director Keith Tedesco and editor Franny Schembri.

With the support of Arts Council Malta and Creative Europe Desk Malta, the films produced at the Littlebot Film Labs will be shown at the EFA’s Young Audience Film Awards.

The workshops are scheduled as follows:

Screenwriting: 7th, 8th, 9th March from 4pm till 8pm
Sound: 14th, 15th, 16th March from 4pm till 8pm
Filming: 21st, 22nd, 23rd March from 4pm till 8pm
Editing: 28th, 29th, 30th March from 4pm till 8pm

All workshops will be held at the Malta Society of Arts at Palazzo de La Salle, 219 Republic Street in Valletta. Click here for more information. 

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MSA’s Annual General Meeting 2017








Election of 3 Members during AGM 

During the Malta Society of Arts’ Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday 27 March 2017 at 6pm, there will be an election of three (3) Members for the Committee of the Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce for the period 1st April 2017 – 31st March 2020.

Nominations are to be made on the prescribed form and they will be received by not later than noon of Tuesday 28 February 2017.

For more details, please see the Notification that was sent to the Members.


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