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Members’ Online Exhibition – Call for Applications!

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❗️ WE HAVE BIG NEWS ❗️

Today we’re officially launching our Members’ Online Exhibition Call for Applications

Titled ‘DREAM WORLD’, our Members’ Exhibition for 2021 will happen ONLINE between 1 November and 21 December 2021. We’re inviting and encouraging all our Members to apply. Anyone interested in becoming a Member of the MSA can also contact us for more details.

This year, just like everything else, our Members’ Exhibition will be special! Here at MSA, we’ve decided to take this exhibition online and reach more people out there, especially our international friends.

Download the full Terms and Conditions from this link: www.artsmalta.org/members-online-exhibition-terms-and-conditions

ℹ️ If you’d like more information, contact us on info@artsmalta.org.

The closing date is the 30 September 2021.

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Return Island exhibition is now open!

Dominique Ciancio - ilFestin_LittleFeast_OilOnCanvas_92cmX82cm_2021 Panigierku - Oil on Canvas - Dominique Ciancio

Dominique Ciancio, The Golden Hour, Oils on canvas, 150cmx100cm, 2021 Dominique Ciancio, Trab, Oils on canvas, 92cmX82cm, 2020 Return Island - Dominique CiancioOur exhibition ‘RETURN ISLAND’ by Dominique Ciancio opened last Thursday 6 May 2021 at the Art Galleries. A good number of visitors have seen the exhibition and some paintings have already been sold. We’re very proud to be hosting Dominique’s work at the Malta Society of Arts.

For a cheeky preview of the exhibition, you can also visit virtually through this link: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/node/5110909

Dates: 6 to 27 May 2021

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

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 08.00hrs – 19.00hrs
Saturday 09.00hrs – 13.30hrs
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Entrance is free
Subject to Covid-19 measures

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Return Island exhibition opens next week

 

Return Island posterDominique Ciancio exhibition at the Malta Society of Arts

The artist’s latest solo show, inspired by the divergence between dreams and reality on the island, opens next week at MSA’s seat Palazzo de La Salle in Valletta

Dominique Ciancio is a Malta-born artist who has been working as a freelance artist between Norway and Malta for the past 10 years. His solo exhibition, titled Return Island, will feature works that are mostly influenced by the consequences of recent flight restrictions where, like many others, the artist found himself bound to the island. The resulting moments of introspection prompted an urge to paint, inspired by the idea of ‘islands’ or people surrounded by water, and how that affects the way one thinks.

 “I chose Return Island as the title for this body of work because for some reason that name kept echoing in my mind while I spent more time here than in Norway during the pandemic. My memories of growing up on this Mediterranean island with its temperament and traditions intertwined with present realities of urbanisation and changing human relationships. This is what inspired many of the works,” explains Ciancio.

 Running between the 6 and 27 May 2021 at the Art Galleries of Malta’s oldest art institution the Malta Society of Arts (MSA), the show will consist of a series of paintings on canvas, linen or jute which are reminiscent of theatrical scenes or acts involving fictional protagonists within their surroundings. A selected number of preparatory works will also be exhibited alongside the finished works in the galleries.

 Propelled by his keen observation of local life and colourful characters, some of the works feature celebrations, more specifically how, out of habit, we may celebrate things that perhaps should not be celebrated, while the things that deserve to be celebrated are often overlooked. Ciancio admits that some works like The Sermon / Listen to Me! (Paniġierku / Ismagħni!) are the result of a good dose of irritation mixed with inspiration. “This combination gave birth to a number of works in this series. I also think that a sense of humour is crucial,” he shares. “I do laugh a lot while composing and working on the paintings, but then I like to mix different elements – the humorous, the tragic, and the dynamics between different personalities.”

 Curator Marit Anette Lurås describes Dominique’s particular style of painting as “figurative yet imaginary. It reminds me especially of the storytelling in films. For Return Island we hope that visitors will enjoy walking from one scene to another much like seeing stills of a movie and being able to make up their own stories along the way.”

 MSA President Arch. Adrian Mamo is proud that the MSA will be hosting its third exhibition since the beginning of the year. “Despite all the ups and downs of this pandemic, the MSA is determined to keep exhibiting high-quality art. We are taking all necessary safety measures to ensure that we accomplish our mission of supporting artists and their work,” he says.

 The exhibition of paintings Return Island by Dominique Ciancio is open from 6 to 27 May 2021 and can be visited during the Malta Society of Arts’ opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm, and Saturdays 9am to 1.30pm. Entrance is free subject to Covid-19 safety measures.For more information about the Malta Society of Arts and ‘Return Island’ please visit www.artsmalta.org or www.facebook.com/maltasocietyofarts.

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Courses to resume on Monday 12 April 2021

Notice 9 April 2021

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2021 Annual General Meeting happening on ZOOM

AGM2021 POSTER - e-meeting

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Anna Calleja exhibition postponed

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COURSES COVID-19 UPDATE

Notice 11 March 2021

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HOMEBOUND by Anna Calleja is open!

Today Thursday 4 March 2021 we opened ‘HOMEBOUND’, an exhibition of paintings by Anna Calleja. You can visit the show until the 25 March 2021 at our Art Galleries, Palazzo de La Salle, 219 Republic Street, Valletta.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 08.00hrs – 19.00hrs, Saturday 09.00hrs – 13.30hrs and closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Entrance is free, subject to Covid-19 measures.

Anna Calleja, Comfort Zone, oil on panel, 30x40cm, 2020

Anna Calleja, Fate, oil on panel, 30x40cm, 2020 Anna Calleja, Lucia and Nina Sleeping, oil on canvas, 40x40cm, 2020 Anna Calleja, Reflection in Mirror, oil on canvas, 20x25cm, 2020

 

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Our next exhibition announced!

A3 poster Anna Calleja Homebound

Homebound

Exhibition by Anna Calleja

Dates: 4 to 25 March 2021

Venue: Art Galleries, Palazzo de La Salle, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 08.00hrs – 19.00hrs
Saturday 09.00hrs – 13.30hrs
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Entrance is free
Subject to Covid-19 measures

For more info visit
http://artsmalta.org/events/homebound-exhibition-by-anna-calleja

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Madeleine Gera exhibition closes

The Madeleine Gera exhibition titled ‘Twilight’ closed on Saturday 16 January 2021 after an extension of 2 days to the original one-week run (4-14 Jan). The exhibition, which was curated by Marika Azzopardi, was very well-received by both public and critics alike and we would love to host Madeleine again in the future!

In the meantime here’s what our Art Galleries looked like adorned with Gera’s beautiful works… (click on the images for enlarged versions)

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