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Gold Medal Award 2023 Ceremony

14 December, 2023 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Gold Medal Award 2023 Ceremony

The Malta Society of Arts’ Gold Medal 2023 will be awarded to artist Austin Camilleri. The MSA is honoured to present its prestigious Gold Medal award to a key figure in Malta’s art scene for over 25 years, in recognition of his exceptional artistic achievement in the contemporary local and international visual arts scene.

The private ceremony will take place on Thursday 14 December at our Concert Hall, under the patronage of H.E. George Vella, President of Malta.

𝐀𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐢 𝐁𝐢𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐲

Austin Camilleri works simultaneously and non-hierarchically in painting, installation, sculpture, video and drawing to present ideas of time and transience. An avid traveller and prolific artist, he is driven enough to work contemporaneously on various projects, discovering new media and embracing new techniques.

Born in 1972 and bred into a family of artists and artisans, he studied at the University of Malta and at the Accademia Pietro Vannucci in Perugia.

After winning critical acclaim with his abstract paintings, in 1996 he turned to installations, and, in 2002, co-founded, the group StArt that was pivotal to the contemporary development of Malta’s visual art scene.

He is also founder of 356 and Fundazzjoni Klula, a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malta, and worked with choreographers, musicians, authors, poets and theatre practitioners in many collaborative projects.

His works have been exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in museums, biennales, private galleries, and public spaces in Europe, America, North Africa, and Asia.

Austin Camilleri lives on the island of Gozo and works between Malta and Italy.

Photo by Joe Smith

Gold Medal Award History

The Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, established in 1852, was, for at least a century, the islands’ only nationally recognised promoter of the Arts. Palazzo de La Salle served as the meeting place and exhibition space for the Accademia di Belle Arti group founded by Josef Kalleja in 1930. Notably, in the early 1950’s, the Society came to the aid of the newly-formed Modern Art movements and awarded scholarships to some of the great artists of the time, including Giuseppe Calì, Antonio Sciortino and Joseph Briffa.

Throughout the years, the Exhibition Halls of Palazzo de La Salle have been graced with the works of Malta’s great masters including Anton Inglott, Gianni Vella, Vincent Apap, Lazzaro Pisani and Edward Caruana Dingli.

The first Gold Medal given by the Malta Society of Arts was in 1896, when it was awarded to Emidio Vassallo for his achievements in metal engraving. Past recipients of the Gold Medal Award over the past 127 years have included such illustrious names as Sir Temi Zammit (1904), Robert Caruana Dingli (1916), Emvin Cremona (1963), Oreste Chircop (1997), Richard England (1984), Joseph Calleja (2007), Karmen Azzopardi (2009), Harry Alden (2013) and Carmine Lauri (2015) to name but a few.

For more on the history of the MSA’s Gold Medal visit


Thursday 14 December 2023



Concert Hall of the Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta


14 December, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
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