Since its foundation in April 2018, VALLETTACONTEMPORARY has been supported by a team of talented, diverse staff members and volunteers. Each of the gallery’s team members share a central vision – to present art as a catalyst for discussion, social cohesion, and cultural discovery. Our work thrives through constant dialogue, exchange of ideas, and a collective desire to bring globally recognised contemporary art to Malta.
Norbert Francis Attard
Founder & Administrator of META Foundation, Artistic Director and Gallery Manager of Valletta Contemporary
Norbert Francis Attard is the founder of Valletta Contemporary and META Foundation. Born in Malta in 1951. He lives and works on the island of Gozo, Malta, and based also in Berlin, Germany, since 2010. Graduated in Architecture from the University of Malta in 1977, and practised as an architect for twenty years until 1996. A self-taught painter and graphic designer (1965–1997), he turned to multi-media and site-specific and context-driven works in 1997. His present practice employs several disciplines, including architecture, sculpture, video and photography, to explore his major interests in places and their memories. He is a founding member of stART (2002) – a group of Maltese contemporary artists; a committee member of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (2002–2005); a committee member of Piazza Teatru Rjal since May 2013; and (since 2001) director of GOZO Contemporary – an art space on the island of Gozo that offers self-directed residencies to international and local artists.
Administrator of META Foundation
Marisa Vellawas born in 1960, Marisa Vella has for the last twenty years, been House Manager of the tourist holiday complex, ‘Tal-Mirakli’, in Gharb, Gozo. As well as having managerial skills, she is also experienced in book keeping and accounts. She has been assisting Norbert Francis Attard in his artistic projects for the last 28years
Administrator of META Foundation
Victor Sladden was born in 1969. He graduated as architect from the University of Malta in 1983. His present occupation, since June 2014, is of Assistant Director Development Services at the Malta Environment Planning Authority. Between 2004 and 2007, he was Technical Adviser for the Valletta Local Council, and between 1994 and 2003, he lectured on various subjects at the University of Malta. In 1997 he was awarded an MA in Environmental Management from the University of Central England. His special interests are travel and visiting art galleries and museums. He is an art collector with a special interest in modern and contemporary art and design. He is also interested in the theatre and cinema.
Dr. Joanna Delia
Head Advisory Board of META Foundation
Dr. Joanna Delia is a medical doctor specialized in cosmetic medicine, is a keen cultural consumer and an aspiring art collector. She tirelessly supports local contemporary artists of all genre and hopes to dedicate more of her energy in the pursuit of better recognition of their work both in Malta and worldwide. She believes that META Foundation could be a tool to make it happen.
Sales and Marketing
Sean Buttigieg has a M.A. in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Malta. He is the founder of Co.Arch, an international cloud based architectural studio operating from Malta. Buttigieg also co-founded FabLab (short for fabrication laboratory) in Valletta, which forms part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) global network of 1,200 FabLabs across 30 countries worldwide, providing widespread access to contemporary means of invention. Buttigieg is also a visiting Lecturer at the University of Malta, within the Faculty for the Built Environment.
Content Writer & Editor
Ann Dingli is a freelance writer, editor and marketing strategist for art and architecture professionals. She edits and writes about art and design for a number of culture publications and has had her own design blog since 2011. Dingli has a B.A. and M.A. in Art History from the University of Malta, and an M.A. in Design Criticism from the University of the Arts, London. Before shifting to freelance work, she was responsible for all PR content for the RIBA Stirling Prize winning studio, dRMM Architects in London.