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9 must-visit places for the art buff
Love your art? Check out Malta's most creative hubs.

Lisa Borain

Lily Agius Gallery

Known for her dynamic energy and memorable exhibition openings, Lily Agius's gallery lies in the heart of the commercial town of Sliema. The gallery marries the best of Maltese art with internationally renowned talent through exhibitions and other art and design related events. The gallery's beautiful and spacious interior lends itself to creating the perfect environment to host contemporary exhibitions and solo artist shows, as well as community-centred events.

Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier 

Established in 2000, Valletta's Centre for Creativity's aim has always been to further Malta’s cultural objectives by supporting the developing contemporary art scene and celebrating the country’s treasured history. Established within a 16th century fort, the space consists of a small theatre arena, art-house cinema, chamber music room and gallery space.

Malta Contemporary Art

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Established as a leading forum for contemporary art in Malta, MCA has collaborated with over 100 artists in over 20 exhibitions and projects including Simon Starling, Cyprien Gaillard, Spartacus Chetwynd, Douglas White, Jess Flood-Paddock & Haris Epaminonda. Up until 2015, it operated as a roving project entitled Parallel Borders, presenting projects in several European cities. In 2017, MCA opened a new gallery in Valletta and is presently representing five international artists.

Blitz

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The independent, not-for-profit, project space Blitz supports experimental and radical arts practice in all its forms. The concept of the space is to nurture creative talent, encouraging artists to develop ideas and build relationships. The curated space focuses on contemporary existence, operating within a four-level, 400-year-old Valletta townhouse, which has been repurposed into a site for residencies, exhibitions and education, as well as a social space for the creative and the curious.

Christine X Art Gallery

Previously known as the Artitude Gallery, Christine X Art Gallery promotes the work of local emerging artists as well as international artists in Malta. With a slant towards colour and genre variety, the cohesiveness of the pieces displayed is an art installation within itself.

Victor Pasmore Gallery

A joint venture between the Central Bank of Malta and the Victor Pasmore Foundation, the Victor Pasmore Gallery displays paintings and constructions which the artist created during his time in Malta, in conjunction with a small number of works created a few years earlier. This is the first gallery dedicated to presenting a wide selection of the artist's personal collection.

Iniala5 Galleries

With the aim to widen the opportunities for local and international artists in the local contemporary art scene, Iniala5 is a company formed between international brand Iniala and previously existent Marie Gallery5. Four gallery spaces host regular solo exhibitions and events with a yearly percentage of the projects going to the charitable foundation Inspirasia.


COMING SOON 

MUZA

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Due to open in June of this year, MUZA is Malta’s new museum of art, and flagship project for Valletta’s European Capital City of Culture title. The project promises to be green-powered, generating its energy requirements through renewable sources, and represents a best practice in retro-fitting a Maltese historic building. 

Valletta Contemporary

The grand opening of the all-new Valletta Contemporary will take place on April 13th, commencing with the exhibition by Carlos Coronas. Under the direction of architect and artist Norbert Francis Attard, the new international contemporary art gallery will be run by the META Foundation. The gallery looks to showcase the engaging, boundary-pushing and diverse work of highly influential local and international contemporary artists. 

30th March 2018


Lisa Borain
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Lisa is a copywriter/editor with an adventurous interest and penchant for all things Malta.

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