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The Committee

PATRONS

 

Her Excellency Myriam Spiteri Debono,

President of Malta

 

His Grace Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna,

Archbishop of Malta

President

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.

Vice-President

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. 

Honorary Secretary

Ms Lara Boffa

Lara Boffa holds an MBA (UK) and a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems (UK). She has undertaken managerial roles in diverse sectors within public, private, and international settings. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors at Enemalta, as a Governor at the Malta Digital Innovation Authority, and as a Council Member and Honorary Secretary at the Malta Institute of Management.

Currently, Boffa serves as an advisor at Screen Malta. Introduced to the world of fine arts in the ’90s by the late Dr. Fr. Marius Zerafa, former Director of Museums, Lara honed her skills in surface cleaning antique paintings and restoring gesso artifacts while creating her own art mainly in the same medium, participating in exhibitions featuring both historic and artistic themes.

Honorary Treasurer

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.

Member

Judge Joseph A. Filletti

Joseph A. Filletti, Judge Emeritus, was a civil lawyer in private practice as from 1972, until his appointment as Court Magistrate in 1979.

Between 1972-79, he formed part of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Malta. In 1984 he was elevated to the Judicial Bench where he served as a Superior Courts Judge over a period of 27 years. He was appointed Judge ad hoc to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg between 2002-04. Following his retirement, he was first appointed as Malta’s ambassador to Portugal in 2012 and a year later Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, becoming Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in 2020. During this period he formed part of the Governing Board of the COE- CEB Development Bank which has its seat in Paris.

For several years, Judge Filletti was guest lecturer and examiner at the Law Faculty, University of Malta. He previously served as President of the Malta Society of Arts between 2011-12.

Member

Ms 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.

Member

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.

Co-opted Member

Mr Emmanuel Montebello

Emmanuel Montebello attended De La Salle College and St. Joseph Technical School Paola.

He was an apprentice in various building trades and studied art under George Fenech, Gabriel Caruana and Chev. Manuel Gauci. Montebello went on to develop a career in teaching arts, crafts and trade, while developing his pedagogic skills via various certificates and diploma courses.

Co-opted Member

Ms Mariella Pisani Bencini

Mariella Pisani Bencini is mostly known for her presence on local TV stations spanning a continuous period of 34 years. Her arts and culture programme Meander has effectively witnessed and visually documented the evolution of the local arts and culture scene over a span of almost 30 years and continues to be popular and highly appreciated to this day.

Ms Pisani Bencini’s career includes researching, scriptwriting, producing, and presenting Meander for the 20 years during which it aired on TVM, and subsequently throughout the seven years it has aired on Net TV to date. The programme has received several key awards, including the Broadcasting Authority Award assigned to cultural TV programmes. She is also the prolific author of varied radio scripts and screenplays and has published two novels. Her first, entitled Tliet Nisa u Mara in 2004, won the Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb in 2005, while her second novel, this time in English with the title We Belong, was published in 2018.

Government Representative

Ms Beverly Saliba

Manager

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 Arts Council Malta, managing and co-ordinating various national events, namely Maltafest, Malta International Arts Festival, Sunday Cultural Tours, Premju Pinna għall-Palk Francis Ebejer, Festival tal-Baned and Festival tal-Għana. 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).

In the name of the Malta Society of Arts, he acted as Project Leader for the EU-Funded Project ‘Artistic Multi Sensorial Experiences’ (AMuSE), which involved four European partner countries.