Conrad Shawcross At MICAS 2024 Opening

In a thrilling prelude to the grand opening of the Malta International Contemporary Art Space (MICAS) in 2024, celebrated artist and Royal Academician Conrad Shawcross debuted his highly anticipated sculptural installation, aptly titled “What is to Become is Already Here.”

This monumental milestone in the art world was recently unveiled during the MICAS International Art Weekend, held from October 27th to 29th, 2023. Shawcross’s artistic vision was poised to leave an indelible mark within the historic confines of the MICAS site, offering a glimpse into the future while paying homage to Malta’s rich cultural heritage.

A Legacy of Innovation: MICAS’s Commitment to Contemporary Art

The Malta International Contemporary Art Space (MICAS) has quickly established itself as a trailblazing platform for international contemporary art. As a not-for-profit organization, MICAS is dedicated to championing innovation and creativity within the art world.

Since its inception, the institution had commissioned and showcased remarkable works by visionary artists, offering a tantalizing taste of what had come.

These captivating installations have graced the historic city of Valletta, strategically placed near the MICAS site, offering a tantalizing taste of what’s to come.

Conrad Shawcross: A Royal Academician’s Vision

Conrad Shawcross, a distinguished Royal Academician, has been chosen as the harbinger of artistic excellence at MICAS. His sculptural display, “What is to Become is Already Here,” promises to be a compelling testament to his creative genius.

Shawcross shared his thoughts on this monumental occasion, stating, “I am honoured to be the first artist to exhibit at the new MICAS campus.” His choice of exhibit title, “What is to Become is Already Here,” reflects the essence of the installation—a manifestation of the unknown, emerging on the horizon of contemporary art.

Conrad Shawcross At MICAS 2024 Opening

Inspiration from Malta’s Rich Landscape

Shawcross’s connection to Malta’s history and geography played a pivotal role in shaping his artistic vision for MICAS. The proximity to the sea, the marina, and the breathtaking panoramic views from the elevated site served as wellsprings of inspiration.

MICAS collaborated closely with Shawcross to curate his works throughout the expansive 90,000 square-foot campus, leading visitors on an artistic journey that culminates with a sculpture positioned on the fortification walls, commanding a view of the picturesque harbour.

MICAS International Art Weekend: A Confluence of Art and Discourse

The MICAS International Art Weekend established itself as a landmark event, featuring a keynote lecture by Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Emeritus Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This intellectual extravaganza was followed by a panel discussion that includes Conrad Shawcross.

Additionally, attendees had the privilege of hearing remarks from MICAS Chair Phyllis Muscat and Artistic Director Edith Devaney. The convergence of art and discourse resulted in an enlightening experience for all who participated.

The Road Ahead: Public Engagement and the 2024 Opening

Following the International Art Weekend, as the anticipation builds towards the grand opening in 2024, the public will have the opportunity to visit the MICAS site and marvel at Conrad Shawcross’s works. Visits can be scheduled by appointment through the MICAS website, allowing art enthusiasts to witness the fusion of contemporary art with Malta’s storied history.

Conrad Shawcross At MICAS 2024 Opening

Edith Devaney, Artistic Director of MICAS, shared her perspective on the institution’s mission, stating, “Since its inception, MICAS has engaged with international artists and invested in giving greater visibility to the Maltese contemporary art idiom – in service of MICAS’s mission to strengthen Malta’s cultural infrastructure through the power of contemporary art.”

MICAS’s long-term aspiration is to enrich the cultural tapestry of Malta by producing art exhibitions, hosting events, and offering educational programs that engage both local and international communities, celebrating the unique and captivating landscape of this Mediterranean gem.


As we eagerly anticipate the unveiling of Conrad Shawcross’s sculptural masterpiece at MICAS, it is evident that Malta’s cultural landscape is on the cusp of a transformative journey. MICAS’s commitment to contemporary art, combined with Shawcross’s artistic prowess, promises to leave an indelible mark on the international art scene.

With its 2024 opening on the horizon, MICAS is poised to become a beacon of creativity, enriching Malta’s cultural heritage and captivating art enthusiasts from around the world. Stay tuned for more updates as we eagerly await the next chapter in the evolution of contemporary art in Malta.

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