Work has started on the first Malta International Contemporary Art Space known as MICAS. This is being developed in Floriana at the sites of the Ospizio and the Ritirata where restoration work is currently underway by the Restoration Directorate.
MICAS will have a central role in the cultural development of Malta as a participant at an international level to bring together artistic communities while promoting internationality and cultural diplomacy. MICAS will be serving as a platform for the Arts and visual and contemporary culture at the highest level through exhibitions, installations as well as a wide range of cultural and educational activities.
Phyllis Muscat, the Chairperson of the co-ordination board for cultural projects said that MICAS is a dream come true for contemporary artists. Culture Minister Owen Bonnici said the the project is also for the people of Floriana who are also part of the project. He said that this is a new concept in the field of contemporary art.