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NUCLEUS – An Exhibition By Six Watercolourists

11 January | 9:00 am - 1 February | 7:00 pm

NUCLEUS – an exhibition by six watercolourists

Coordinated by Caroline Miggiani

A collective exhibition of six artists who wish to inspire a younger generation take up the baton to set up a watercolour society in Malta.

Participating artists:

Jeni Caruana
Debbie Caruana Dingli
Anna Galea
Anna Grima
Tonio Mallia
Kenneth Zammit Tabona

Jeni Caruana became a Maltese local artist by adoption, moving from the UK to live and work as an artist in the 1970’s. Her formal art education has contributed to the Maltese art scene as a prolific exhibiting artist. She is also an inspirational tutor of private students and painting holidays in Malta and overseas. Representing Malta in various exhibitions all over the world, her work now forms part of many public and private collections. Jeni works mainly in water based and dry media and favours good drawing techniques, combined with experimental mixed media textures and vibrant colour. Her ability to capture moving subjects and moments in time result in expressive series of paintings of musicians, dancers, nudes, portraits and landscapes.

Debbie Caruana Dingli was born on the 3rd March 1962. Her family’s connection with art goes back to the 19th century. Debbie was drawn to art from an early age. She was tutored by Harry Alden at the Malta School of Art. She also worked as a graphic artist in an advertising agency. Debbie’s first solo exhibition was in watercolours, back in 1985.  Watercolour is a medium that came naturally to her. She has held many more along the years, sometimes using oils. Games People Play, 2001, was a landmark one for her as she was finally able to communicate her vision of human interaction in the form of humorous cartoon painting. Since that date she has managed to balance her commissioned portrait works with her cartoon painting. In 2015 Bank of Valletta held a retrospective of her work. Debbie has three sons, Steve, George and Bruce who are all artistically inclined. She also has one grandson, Marco. She is a keen sportswoman. Debbie has competed in numerous triathlons and other events which involve running, cycling and swimming. She has swum the Gozo Malta Channel around twenty times and in her own words ‘is mad about the sea and my dogs.’

Anna Galea is an established, award-winning artist based in Malta, Rome and Dubai, best known for her abnormally large still life paintings and abstractions. A Master’s Graduate in Creativity and Innovation (University of Malta), she has exhibited her art extensively across the main capital cities of Europe, in the UAE as well as in China, South East Asia, Washington and New York. Anna’s paintings have been published by the highly acclaimed International Artist (USA) publishers, in books, book covers, calendars, telephone cards and other publications. Her works can be found in various private collections of art connoisseurs, in palaces, museums, banks and offices. Earlier this year, in October 2023, she was one of the participants at the prestigious Biennale of Florence, where she exhibited a large scale watercolour triptych. Galea’s watercolour work has been acknowledged as masterful in the United States, as well as in Europe and China where she was invited to conduct featured masterclass watercolour demonstrations at the International Watercolor Conventions in Fabriano(2016), in Dubai (2018), in Izmir (2022), in Rybnik (2023) and Qingdao (2023).

Anna Grima (b. 1958, MA) lives and works in Malta and Gozo, and has been known throughout her career for having a portfolio of work that includes elements of energy and complexity. Interdisciplinary art practices include painting, drawing and illustration, creative-writing and print-making. Although considered a figurative artist, her recent art explores form and colour. Anna studied Foundation at the National School of Arts, Malta, figure drawing at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Perugia, and in 2015 obtained a UOM Masters in Fine Art and Digital Media. Her works hang in private and public spaces including the National Art Collection of Malta (Fondazzjoni Kreattività Art Collection) and the Berlaymont summa artis II Collection at the Berlaymont Building, House of the European Commission in Brussels, representing Malta.

Tonio Mallia has been an exponent of watercolour painting in Malta for the past four decades. Throughout these years he has incessantly explored the frontiers of this and other water-based media to find new forms of expression. The elemental factors of sea and wind, the earth and the sky, are combined through a lucid handling of the water-based media, utilising a refined technique which the artist has honed after many years of extensive practice. Through such improvisational working methods, the artist encapsulates the somewhat melancholic, dramatic and turbulent coastal landscape of the Maltese islands. He captures the transient interplay of predominantly dark seas and skies interspersed with shafts of contrasting light areas through the fluid medium of paint, evoking the stoic rigidity and weight of the Maltese coastline that stands steadfast through the storms of time.

Kenneth Zammit Tabona has enjoyed a career in music as well as art. In 2014 he was appointed the first Artistic Director of the Manoel Theatre. He is the founder and has been the artistic director of the Valletta International Baroque Festival since 2012 with performances by leading international ensembles from most European countries. Additionally, he also founded the Valletta Baroque Ensemble, The Monteverdi Project as well as the Valletta Baroque Opera Festival which takes place in November every year.  He is a board member of the Versailles based Reseau Europeen de Musique Ancienne and former president of the Association of Historic Theatres of Europe. He has been awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and Cavaliere Dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia by the Italian government for his services to culture. He was also the founder president of the Friends of the Museum of Fine Arts. Kenneth is also a well known Maltese book illustrator and watercolourist with many exhibitions under his belt and paintings found in collections both in Malta and overseas including Berleymont in Bruxelles. His is an instantly recognisable style using strong colours and distinctive shapes, always epitomising the beauty of his land of birth; whether through its landscape, urbanscape or interiors.


11 January to 1 February 2024


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

Opening Hours

Mondays to Fridays: 9am to 7pm
Saturdays: 9am to 1pm
Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

Entrance Fee



11 January | 9:00 am
1 February | 7:00 pm


Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
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