Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (MSA) Committee
His Excellency George Vella
President of Malta
His Grace Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna,
Archbishop of Malta
THE COMMITTEE 2019-2020
Arch. Adrian Mamo
Adrian Mamo is an architect in private practice. He graduated in architecture and civil engineering from the University of Malta in 1989 and worked as architect at the Antiquities Section of the Works Department before setting up ARCHITECTS STUDIO in 1995 with three architect colleagues. Adrian was a co-founder and producer of VOICES, one of Malta’s largest local music events held every two years from 1991 to 2016. Between 1993 and 1995 he managed Image Workshop, a video production and graphic design studio for Associated News. He currently also lectures in Theatre Set Design at the School of Performing Arts of the University of Malta and has designed stage settings for over 50 productions for a number of local theatre companies and national agencies. He was chairman of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts between 2006 and 2013.
Mr Roderick Camilleri
Roderick Camilleri is a practising artist and curator. He studied art, art history and philosophy at the The University of Malta; obtaining a B.A. (2010) and an M.A (2015). He attended various professional development programmes and furthered his studies at international institutions such as Slade University and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, amongst others. His interdisciplinary visual art practice explores themes related to ontology and metaphysics. Camilleri is also a full-time art educator, teaching studio practice and theory at the Malta School of Art.
Roderick Camilleri is the Artistic Director of AMuSE, an international art project led by the MSA – selected and co-funded by the European Commission. He is an active participant in the local art scene, curating as well as exhibiting in various exhibitions and projects. His interest in curatorial studies led him to participate in all the editions of the VIVA Curatorial School, amongst other local and international seminars and symposia.
Mr Stephen Sant’Angelo
Stephen sive Steno Sant’Angelo started his career as a Primary School Teacher. He later joined the Civil Service as an Executive Officer and assigned duty at the Law Courts where he spent some years as Deputy Registrar. He served with various Judges sitting in the Civil and Criminal Courts. After a long term of duty at the Ministry of Finance, he served as Head of the Works and Agriculture Ministries and as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education where he retired in 1989. At the Ministry of Agriculture he was appointed Chairman of the Malta Dairy Products Ltd, known as Benna, and served the Company until he retired. As a retired civil servant he was employed as Administrator at the Foundation of International Studies and appointed Chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Public Service Commission. With the Private Enterprise he worked as Chairman of the Pork Marketing Ltd and Co-ordinator of the Road Building Contractors. In his Government service he was part of Ministerial Delegations representing Malta at UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and WHO.
Ms Dorothy Meli
Dorothy Meli was an educator by profession, having graduated from the former Mater Admirabilis College. She was a teacher in state primary schools, later on promoted to assistant head. In 1993 she became head of school of the former postsecondary School of Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. In 2013 she joined MCAST where she was director of the new Institute of Community Services. Although retired, she is still involved in the Education sector as the administrative support officer of the principal of one of the colleges within the Ministry for Education and Employment.
Mrs Margaret Farrugia
Born in Sliema Margaret attended the Immaculate Conception School in Hamrun. Her first work experience was as a teacher at St. Monica School in Gzira. In 1966 she joined the Civil Service as a Clerk Typist at the Statistics and Electoral Office. Later she served as a Clerical Officer at the Attorney General’s Office until she retired. Art has been her personal hobby. She took her studies seriously and in 1998 obtained a diploma from the School of Art, took private lessons conducted by Harry Alden, John Martin Borg and Winston Hassell. Her paintings vary in different mediums and subjects. She participated in many collective exhibitions and in 2010 Margaret had her first solo exhibition.
Mr Joseph J. Mifsud
Joseph J. Mifsud. Retired Civil Servant. Formerly Director of Culture, ex President of the Malta Society of Arts, ex President of the Malta Trade Fairs Corporation ,former Chairman National Commission for Folklore, ex Deputy Chairman, Malta Crafts Council. Attended the Culture Committee of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg for several years, representing Malta. Formed part of several Malta Government delegations abroad. Served in various capacities in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education and at the Economic Planning.
Arch. Ms Elisa-Anne Tonna
Elyse Tonna is a design architect, researcher and an aspiring curator who works on a range of projects and activities including event production and self-initiated projects. She has been on the Committee of the Malta Society of Arts for five years and on MSA’s Arts Advisory Board for three years. Elyse is actively engaged in art, design and culture through positions at the Kamra tal-Periti as Event Manager and at Teatru Manoel as Educational Officer of TOI TOI. She currently forms part of the Executive Board of ACT as the Arts Coordinator and has been working in a freelance capacity on projects in collaboration with the Gabriel Caruana Foundation and Wikimedia Community Malta, amongst others. Elyse has also curated a number of exhibitions locally and abroad and recently lead production teams for major exhibitions, installations and music videos. She is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators and has been selected to participate in UNESCO European and International Forums related to culture, heritage and creativity.
Mr Anthony Patrick Vella
Anthony Patrick Vella always showed artistic inclinations. As a student of the MSA he obtained a prize in Design in a competition sponsored by Farsons Ltd. After studying architecture and graphic design for a time he proceeded to Italy where he worked with at team of artists. Back in Malta he worked for Raniolo and Bencini Architects. Later he took up employment with an advertising agency where he became interested in the pedagogical aspect of museum communication. A member of the International Council of Museums (UNESCO), Patrick worked as a freelance designer and as a teacher of Art.In November 2018 Anthony was awarded an Academy award by The Academy of Fine Arts “Leonardo da Vinci” of Ficarra, Messina. He is now the Head of Department for Art and Graphical Communication at the Secretariat for Catholic Education.
Mr Norman Cristina
B.Ed.(Hons.) Music and E.M.Y. (University of Malta). Music and Dance Education: Orff Schulwerk, (Salzburg). Musician (piano, percussion). MusicTeacher. Composer. TV and events presenter (conferences, expos, business seminars). WorkShops Coach (Music-For-Beginners, Drama, Percussion, Voice, Business, Parent-And-Baby, Team-Building, Energiser Exercises, Personal-Development, and more). Compositions and Productions include Drum Workshop on UK-featured documentary about Dyslexia, short film SoundTracks, several songs, FlashMob, Art-Exhibition Launches… Recently worked with Ondamarela and acclaimed composer Tim Steiner (participant – Citizens Orchestra and coordinator – Valletta 2018 project Mewġa Mużika ( – SEP 2019). Keeping the legacy, Norman Conducted Mewġa Mużika on 15th DEC (V18 Closing Ceremony) and on 3rd FEB 2019 (Concert for Inspire). He is the ideator (founder) of CSE (Creative Sound Experiment) a project currently seeking popular support to launch regular sessions.
Mr Joe Scerri
Joe Scerri has been at the Malta Society of Arts since 2003. With the MSA he worked as an Acting Director and now Manager. Joe has been working in the cultural field since 1988, first with the Department of Culture and later with the Arts Council Malta, managing and co-ordinating various national events, namely Maltafest, Malta International Arts Festival, Sunday Cultural Tours, Premju Pinna ghall-Palk Francis Ebejer, Festival tal-Baned and Festival tal-Ghana. Between 2009 and 2016 he directed the Maritime Senglea International Festival and also two EU Funded Projects in the name of the locality of Senglea; The Revival of Old Towns and Cities (ROTC) and Let Us Not Forget (LUNF). He is presently the Project Leader, in the name of the Malta Society of Arts, of another EU Funded Project; Artistic Multi Sensorial Experiences (AMuSE).