MSA - History
The Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce was established on April 24, 1852 and has been based at Palazzo de La Salle at 219 Republic Street, Valletta since 1923.
During over 160 years of activity the MSA has organized competitions and exhibitions, participated in overseas expositions, and awarded medals. Many Maltese artists and craftsmen were assisted to further and complete studies abroad. The MSA gained the prestige of official recognition and patronage of different Governors, successive Presidents and Archbishops of Malta.
The MSA was the first institution in Malta to set up a School of Lace, and to organise adult classes in arts, crafts and music, promoting local talent whilst providing the proper skills in visual and performing arts. It pioneered apprenticeship schemes and technical education in Malta. It has been the Maltese representative of the London College of Music (London) for some 80 years, with Palazzo de La Salle becoming the Malta Centre for these music examinations.
In recent times, the Palazzo has undergone a series of major works to re-pristine its condition and transform it into a major art centre in Valletta. Today the Palazzo boasts art spaces in the form of a central courtyard and four upper galleries
a concert hall with a capacity to hold 150 persons, making it the biggest one in Valletta
classrooms, a music room, and a small conference room.
Today the MSA offers diverse courses in the Visual Arts, the Applied Arts and the Performing Arts. Teaching is provided by professional and dedicated tutors with lectures and workshops being held within the Palazzo itself.
As a hub for artistic activity, the MSA offers opportunities to learn arts and crafts in varied modalities, including piano, guitar, violin and voice studies, art, sculpture and human figure painting, embroidery, ganutell, sewing & tailoring, amongst others.
Applications for courses are open twice annually, for the winter and summer sessions, with courses being available for all ages, at different times of day.
Malta Society of Arts – 21244400/21244339