The Malta Society of Arts is Malta’s oldest institution for the promotion of the arts and crafts, established in 1852.


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Mario Agius’ exhibition ‘Il-Hajja’ is now open! 

Mario Agius’ exhibition Il-Ħajja was officially opened last Thursday 28 April 2022. It will remain open until the 19 May at our Art Galleries. Entrance is free.

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NEWS – We’ve just launched our Summer Courses!

Check out our new schedule of Summer Courses below…


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Last 3 days of ‘Insights’ exhibition by Wallace Falzon!

Closes this Wednesday 23 March 2022 at 7pm.

Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 8am till 7pm

Entrance is free.

See you at our Palazzo de La Salle!

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Announcing our Annual General Meeting 2022

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Wallace Falzon exhibition opens in a few days!

We’re so excited for this! Artist Wallace Falzon (left) and curator Roderick Camilleri (right) hard at work setting up ‘Insights’ which opens this Thursday 3 March.

Details here:

INSIGHTS, Exhibition by Wallace Falzon, Curated by Roderick Camilleri

Dates: 3 to 23 March 2022

Opening Hours:
Mondays to Fridays: 8am to 7pm
Saturdays: 9am to 1.30pm
Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

Venue: Art Galleries of the Malta Society of Arts, Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta

Entrance is free, subject to Covid-19 measures


Insights is a visual art exhibition by Maltese artist Wallace Falzon. This exhibition presents a recent body of work featuring the artist’s personal reflections and creative work produced during the past two years. It comprises figurative sculptures and paintings, using mixed media and reclaimed material as his main source of artistic expression. The show brings together a variety of compositions, disclosing the artist’s approach and ideas inspired by his biographical context. It probes into existential notions, teasing out aspects about life and existence.

The show will be open for the public from 3 till the 23 March 2022, and will be curated by Roderick Camilleri. It will be hosted at the Malta Society of Arts art Galleries, situated at Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta.

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Charles ‘City’ Gatt passes on 20 February 2022

The Malta Society of Arts sends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Charles ‘City’ Gatt on his passing. In 2017, the MSA awarded Charles its prestigious Gold Medal Award in recognition for his contribution to the arts. The MSA truly regrets the loss of a great artist who left his indelible mark on both the visual arts world, as well as the musical one.

The MSA honours the memory of its Gold Medal Awardee Charles ‘City’ Gatt on this sad day. On this occasion, we are sharing some images of the medal award ceremony which was held on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at our Concert Hall, under the patronage of H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, who was the President of Malta at the time.
The Dominic Galea Jazz Trio, who were joined onstage by Charles Gatt himself, accompanied the ceremony with their live music, playing mostly Charles Gatt’s own compositions. For more photos visit:

During the ceremony, Joe Quattromani gave a speech about his long friendship with Charles Gatt and told stories of musical and other adventures. Dr Vince Briffa put some light on Charles Gatt’s lesser known contribution to the visual arts, while MSA President Arch. Adrian Mamo explained how Charles Gatt’s name, especially in relation to the Malta Jazz Festival, has been known and respected for many years in international music circles.


Charles Gatt Biography
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Born in Żebbiegħ, Gatt is popularly known as ‘City’. His interest in both music and painting started more or less at the same time. He joined the Education Department in 1961 and pursued a training course at St Michael’s College of Education. He taught art from 1968 to 1975 when he joined the staff of the School of Music, teaching percussion. He served as principal of the same school (1995-2005).

Gatt furthered his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA in 1978 and 1979. He formed part of Andy Jaffe’s ensemble, played in David Kikoski’s trio and Joe Mahkolm’s Big Band, and was also a regular percussionist with Boston’s Melrose Symphony Orchestra. He also recorded works for solo percussion by Charles Camilleri whose music he performed at UNESCO-sponsored North-South Encounter in the Netherlands, at London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Centre. Gatt toured several cities in North Italy playing vibraphone with the Jazz Fantasy Trio from Bergamo. In 2004 he played the Jazzmandu, the Kathmandu Jazz Festival in Nepal. In 2014 he was part of the Ortigia Jazz Festival on vibraphone with the Rino Cirinna Sextet. He gave several master classes, workshops and performances at the Tollwood Festival in Munich and in other cities in Europe.

Gatt has accompanied artists like Albert Mangelsdorff, Bobby Shew, and the National Youth Orchestra from Britain in formal concerts and, in less formal situations, played with Steve Coleman, Joe Lovano, Trilok Gurtu, and Arto Tuncboyaciyan, among others. He played at the Bratislava Jazz Days in Czechoslovakia and at other festivals of contemporary music in Greece, Spain, North Africa, the USSR, and Australia. He has also composed music for jazz and percussion ensemble that have been used as dance routines in various musical situations.Charles Gatt is probably best known locally as Malta’s “father of jazz”, having spearheaded the Malta Jazz Festival in 1991, acting as its musical director for its first fifteen years (1991-2005).

As a member of the local Art Group ‘Start’ his installations were part of exhibitions at ‘Cityspaces’ in Valletta, ‘Malta at War Museum’, Vittoriosa (2005), ‘Borders’ at Pinto Wharf (2004), curated by Raphael Vella Ph.D and ‘Escape’ at the Old Prisons, Citadel Gozo (2003) curated by Austin Camilleri. In 2013 he took part in ‘Re-Visit the Contemporary Face of Faith’ curated by Vince Briffa.

Gatt is a member of the European art group ‘Frequenzen’. Recent exhibitions and venues with this group include Borgo a Mozzano, Italy (2017, 2006) Vesprem, Hungary (2016) ‘Umshlagplatz Coburg’ Germany (2016), Neumarkt a.d. Raab Austria (2015, 2012, 2008), Higueras and Castellon in Spain(2014), Le Rocher d’Ongles , France (2013) Rosenheim, Germany (2009) Ascoli Piceno, Italy (2004, 2009), Triumphforte, Inssbruch (2003), Galerie Hallman Strauss, Munich (2010,2005), Chongju and Gaya, South Korea, Tuchersfeld Frankishe Schweiz Museum, Germany National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta.

For a short biography of Charles ‘is-City’ Gatt, visit:

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2 more weeks for Paul Ellul’s photography exhibition!

Our current photography exhibition ‘IMITARI MMXXII’ by Paul Ellul (Pav Ellul Images Malta), which was launched on Thursday 3 February, will remain open until Thursday 24 February. Entrance to Palazzo de La Salle is free, and you can view the exhibition as well as the other spaces of the Palazzo, including the Chapel and the Sala dei Cavalieri.

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Michelle ‘Mixa’ Gialanze’s exhibition ‘Motherhood’ closes

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Michelle ‘Mixa’ Gialanze’s exhibition ‘Motherhood’ closed on Thursday 27 January 2022. The MSA hosted this sensitive and emotional show for 2 weeks and all visitors expressed how the exhibition touched them in one way or another. We look forward to … Continue reading

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We’re OPEN from today 3 January 2022

Dear Patrons,

The Malta Society of Arts re-opens today after the holiday period. We welcome you to visit Palazzo de La Salle where we’re hosting the Malta Photographic Society exhibition until this Friday 7 January 2022 from 8am to 7pm. Entrance is free, subject to Covid-19 measures.

See you at Palazzo de La Salle!

Malta Society of Arts

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Holidays Closure Dates

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