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Ten Art Galleries
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21 August 2022 | Gattaldo

Malta's strategic position in the Mediterranean attracted many visitors over the centuries, each leaving their own cultural and artistic imprint. Familiarising yourself with Malta's contemporary art scene enriches your experience of the island. L take a look at ten art galleries on the island.

Olaug Vethal

Gossip Under the Sun by Olaug Vethal. Photo: Christine X

Christine X Art Gallery

Established eighteen years ago, this Art Gallery in Sliema represents a collection of local and international artists. You'll find the usual local landscape paintings as well as other more challenging subjects. The gallery's Christine X Curated collection brings together contemporary local, European and African art.

Visitor reviews mention friendly and knowledgeable staff. If you wish to purchase a work too large to fit in your suitcase we're assured that they are able to arrange for insured shipping.

Christine X Art Gallery, 17, Tigne Street, Sliema

Victor Pasmore Gallery

A small collection of work by Victor Pasmore, one of Britain's foremost abstract art pioneers, can be viewed in this gallery in Valletta.

The works on display are largely post-1966 and representative of Pasmore's artistic practice during his stay in Malta. They exhibit a greater sensitivity and interest in light, colour and myth. Temporary exhibitions related in some way or another with Victor Pasmore and his work are staged there from time to time.

The gallery was set up by the Victor Pasmore Foundation and FPM (Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti).

Victor Pasmore Gallery, Vjal Nelson, Valletta


Photo: Valletta Contemporary

Valletta Contemporary

This exhibition space and art gallery opened in 2018 and is run by the non-profit META Foundation (no, not Facebook) which was founded by artist Norbert Attard. It's a large contemporary art space housed within a 400-year-old former warehouse in East Street close to Queen Victoria Gate.

The contemporary works range from painting to fine art photography, light sculpture, video art, and large-scale installations.

Getting there from Indulgence Divine is easy. Take the ferry from Cospicua to Valletta and walk up Liesse through Victoria Gate to ‍the gallery.

Valletta Contemporary, 15–17 East Street, Valletta


This gallery is is situated in Rabat, Gozo and focuses on contemporary and modern works by local and international artists.

Arthall has shown works by renowned artists such as Sergio Muscat, Penny Foster, Vince Briffa and Victor Agius.

Arthall, G.P.F Aguis De Soldanis St., Rabat, Gozo

Kane Kali

Human Construct by Kane Kali. Photo: Blitz


This contemporary art space housed in founder Alexandra Pace's grandparents' family home, a townhouse standing 4 storey proud in Valletta.

Through prominent collaborations with institutions such as London's Royal College of Arts, Central Saint Martins University of the Arts, the European Graduate School and the annual Network of European Museum Organisations conference, Blitz has created an international space.

Blitz now operates on its online platform OPEN and in the city of Valletta besides its physical galleries.

Blitz is only open to the public on project-by-project basis so always visit their website before visiting.

Blitz, 68, St Lucia St., Valletta

Kamy Aquilina

Il-Monument tal-Paċi by Kamy Aquilina. Photo: Marie 5

Marie Gallery 5

Maria Galea founded the gallery in 2016 on the principle that galleries are a voice for art and artists. Its aim through its two locations (Valletta and Mosta) is to provide a platform to artists entering the global art market. The gallery has represented local artists in international art fairs in New York, Miami and Dubai.

Marie Gallery5 is also the sole representative of the Isabelle Borg estate and collection, managing the private collection of Malta's most prominent female artist who passed away in 2010.

Marie Gallery 5, 9th April Street, Mosta

Frank Portelli

Frank Portelli - Photo: MUŻA


Oh OK, MUŻA is a museum and not a gallery as such but it's one I don't want you to miss. Located at Auberge d'Italie, Malta's national community art museum features a remarkable collection of over 20,000 works of European artists from the 15th to the 20th Century.

Amongst the most valuable works in its collection are those by Giuseppe Cali, Mattia Preti, Giovanni Baglione, Filippo Paladini, Antoine de Favray, Antonio Sciortino and Vincent Apap.

The museum is a good introduction to Malta's art history.

MUŻA, Auberge D’Italie, Merchants St,Valletta

Patrick Dalli

Patrick Dalli exhibition at De La Salle. Photo: Andrew Zarb

Palazzo De La Salle

One of the most beautiful palaces in Valletta has housed the Malta Society of Arts since 1923. Originally it belonged to Comm. Fra Geronimo Basadonne in the 1600s.

Although primarily an art school, its art galleries house regular art exhibitions by up-coming, as well as renowned, artists and stages various cultural events (including concertos and recitals).

Palazzo De La Salle, 219 Republic Str, Valletta

Gabriel Caruana

Untitled. Photo: The Gabriel Caruana Foundation

The Mill

The story of The Mill can't be separated from its founder, Maltese painter, sculptor and ceramicist Gabriel Caruana (1929-2018), one of the pioneers of modern art on the island.

The building is a windmill built in 1724. Gabriel Caruana  gained the lease title for the Mill to be used as contemporary art, culture and crafts centre, and opened it to the public in June 1990 with the help of Mary Rose Caruana. Since 2014 the Gabriel Caruana Foundation have assisted with managing the Mill and have continued to do so after Gabriel passed away in 2018.

The Mill now holds a permanent exhibition of Gabriel Caruana, complimented by temporary exhibitions, book launches and poetry sessions.

The Mill, Triq Bwieraq, B'Kara

Austin Camilleri

Work by Austin Camilleri at Spazju Kreattiv

Spazju Kreattiv

This cultural centre is housed in St James Cavalier, built by the Order of St John and designed by the Italian military engineer Francesco Laparelli. The cavalier was restored and transformed into what it is today as part of Malta's Millennium Project in the 1990s.

It now hosts exhibition spaces, a cinema and a theatre.

Spazju Kreattiv, Castille Square, Valletta

Look out for Malta's quarterly magazine of contemporary art, Artpaper.

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