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Art Discussion Group - Malta

86th Meeting Artist

Joseph Muscat - giving an intimate analysis of Shakespeare

The ART DISCUSSION GROUP (ADG) will be holding its 86th meeting on Wednesday 16th June at 18.30hrs at MISCO Offices (first floor on right) in Fino Buildings in Notabile Road Mriehel. Joseph Muscat, who admires Shakespeare immensely, is our guest. He is presenting a personal and intimate analysis of Shakespeare as a man and dramatist focusing on some memorable quotes. 

E. V. Borg will chair the meeting and open a discussion about  the title of the topic: ‘Shakespeare and I’. The email of the artist is: [email protected]  All members are cordially invited to attend together with members of the general public. 

Joseph Muscat is blessed with a brilliant wit and a disarming sense of humour and a calm quiet and unassuming personality. His wisdom is the result of life’s experience which he has exploited to the full.  Joseph is a rare bird, quiet, unassuming, calm and gentle. He was born in Main Street Mosta (near San Ġużepp) but grew up in Curate Calleja Street in Mosta’s old historic core, the traditional main street in front of Mosta church to Ganni (1901-1993) and Carmela Vella (1913-2008) on the 9th of December 1934. 

His love of his native Mosta is almost nostalgic. He remembers with delight his upbringing especially the hours spent in Nicolo Isourd Band Club where his father played the euphonium, the ‘Oratory’ and the large bar know as the ‘Billiards’. 

Such practical education together with that academic formed his character and personality. Joseph Muscat joined the Malta School of Art in 1954 and studied drawing under Vincent Apap (1909-2003) who later introduced him to the painting class (1955-57) of Emvin Cremona (1919-87). In 1957 he attended life classes at St. Martin’s School of Art during breaks from his teacher-training course at Garnett College London. 

Joseph distinguished himself in the sphere of management and administration in Education and edited two MUT publications about the subject. On retirement he attended Anthony Calleja’s life class at Tarġa Gap School, Mosta. In 1968 J. Muscat graduated BA (Hons) in English and between 1968 and 1981 he taught English and led the Department of English at the Secondary Technical School, Naxxar.

E V Borg