– Highlights

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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

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Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul


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05 Jul - 02 Oct

– Learning Events

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ARTBAR July 2017

28 Jul, 7.00pm, MCA


Art Safari

08 Aug, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning



09 Aug, 6.30pm, Level 3: Digital Studio in NCCL

– News from inside the MCA

6 ways to warm up your winter at MCA

Got the winter blues? Melt them away at the MCA. more

Unmapping: Charting New Pathways to Creativity

Artist Educator Ella Condon created a site specific work for Unmapping – a student program run in collaboration with Sydney Story Factory and MCA. more

The Beats Behind Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy

Learn about the music and melodies that have inspired artist Jenny Watson through the decades. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

6 ways to warm up your winter at MCA

by MCA Team, July 19, 2017

Got the winter blues? Melt them away at the MCA.

Unmapping: Charting New Pathways to Creativity

by Ella Condon, July 14, 2017
in Creative Learning

Artist Educator Ella Condon created a site specific work for Unmapping – a student program run in collaboration with Sydney Story Factory and MCA.

The Beats Behind Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy

by MCA Team, July 12, 2017
in Curatorial

Learn about the music and melodies that have inspired artist Jenny Watson through the decades.

5 Years of ARTBAR

by Aileen Robalino, June 23, 2017
in Behind the scenes

Roaming carrots, Hummer limos, tea ceremonies and bikes in the galleries. Five years proof that anything can happen at #MCAARTBAR

MCA at the 2017 Venice Biennale

by Clothilde Bullen, June 21, 2017
in Art Encounters

Canals, cats and curators. Clothilde Bullen reflects on the experience of attending the 2017 Venice Biennale on the occasion of Tracey Moffat’s Australian Pavilion.

From the archives: Unconventional Materials

by Stephanie Ferrara, June 19, 2017
in Art Encounters

From the Archives is our blog series unearthing gems from the MCA’s archives, written by resident archivist Stephanie Ferrara

The other side of an exhibition

by MCA Team, June 14, 2017

Take a trip behind the scenes with Exhibition Manager Charm Watts as she shares tales of what goes into installing MCA shows

Early Learning at the MCA

by Brook Morgan, June 13, 2017
in Creative Learning

Discover how children aged 4 – 5 years old from Santa Sabina College worked with artists to investigate light through contemporary art in our early learning program Art Escapades.

MCA Winter Reads

by Bridie Connell, May 31, 2017
in Art Encounters

Looking for something to read over the cooler months? Cosy up with one of these picks from the MCA Store inspired by the 2017 Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Handfed: no cutlery required

by Jiva Parthipan, May 29, 2017
in Artist and curator Interviews

Why do some cultures prefer to eat with their bare hands while others use knives, forks or chopsticks?

Farewell Linda Marrinon Artist Room

by MCA Team, May 17, 2017
in Curatorial

We bid a fond farewell to Linda Marrinon’s Artist Room

Zines, zines, zines

by Claire Hastwell, May 15, 2017
in Artist and curator Interviews

'It can be what you want it to be’. Stallholders at the 2017 MCA Zine Fair say it how it is.

Expression of interest: MCA summer pop-up bar project 2017-18

May 4, 2017
in News

We invite expressions of interest for a project team to assist with the design and delivery of the MCA’s summer pop up bar project for 2017/18.

Where will you be in 25 years?

by Susie Anderson, April 24, 2017
in Digital Media

We asked visitors to gaze into the crystal ball and look into the future with our iPad app Articulate, powered by Telstra.

Young Art Lovers' Book List

by Bridie Connell, April 22, 2017
in Creative Learning

To celebrate World Book Day (Sunday 23 April) the MCA Store and MCA Learning crew have teamed up to put together a selection of fun, inspiring and engaging titles sure to spark the imaginations of budding artists and creative thinkers.

From the archives: Curious catalogue

by Stephanie Ferrara, April 4, 2017
in Behind the scenes

Never judge a book by its cover? In this issue of our monthly archive series, MCA Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie, leafs through some unusual pages

Girl On Film: Erin Coates

by Claire Hastwell, March 29, 2017
in Artist and curator Interviews

The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates gets in the driving seat for our April film experience

Diary of an MCA Trainee

by Claire Hastwell, March 27, 2017
in Behind the scenes

Fiona learns that contemporary art doesn’t have to be a puzzle you can’t solve.

Art Escapades

by Nicole Barakat, March 13, 2017

Artist Educator Nicole Barakat talks about our new Art Escapades program for 3-5 year olds.

Support Australian Design this International Women's Day

by Bridie Connell, March 3, 2017
in Events

To celebrate International Women’s Day we’re shining the spotlight on a selection of talented independent, Australia women artists and designers currently stocked at MCA Store

From the archives: February

by Stephanie Ferrara, Feb. 28, 2017
in Behind the scenes

Looking forward, looking back. This new monthly series explores MCA archives, penned by our very own Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie Ferrara.

How do you connect with everything?

by Susie Anderson, Feb. 22, 2017
in Digital Media

Explore the meditative and philosophical responses to Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything with MCA Articulate, brought to you by Telstra

Ode to typography: Interview with Will Lynes

by Claire Hastwell, Feb. 14, 2017

Signwriter Will Lynes used traditional signwriting techniques to free-hand paint the text ‘Everything Else’ on this 17-metre long wall painting. Will muses on the emotive quality of typography and how he works.

Installing Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything

by Mark Brown, Feb. 9, 2017
in Behind the scenes

Go behind the scenes on the installation of Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything

5 tips for applying for the MCA Zine Fair

by , Feb. 3, 2017
in Events

Want to show your zine-work at the 2017 MCA Zine Fair? Here we share our tips for applying

Louise Zhang's horror infused ARTBAR

by Bella Szukilojc, Jan. 23, 2017

Navigating the space between attractive and repulsive, Chinese-Australian artist Louise Zhang kicks off the ARTBAR year in suitable style with a night entitled ‘New Year’s Rot’.

Sponsoring art: Citi connects Miyajima with Sydney

by Claire Hastwell, Jan. 16, 2017
in Interviews

Citi’s Itay Tuchman tells us why he is a proud sponsor of artist Tatsuo Miyajima and MCA.

Simon Yates: Brain Scapes

by Megan Robson, Jan. 6, 2017
in Curatorial

Primavera at 25: MCA Collection curator Megan Robson gives an insight into Simon Yates exhibiting artwork Brain Scapes (2006/2016).

Family wall labels are here

by Amanda Palmer, Dec. 13, 2016
in Creative Learning

Our Collection galleries now display family wall labels, created in consultation with young MCA visitors

Interview with December film curator Kiki Fung

by James Vaughan, Dec. 8, 2016
in Interviews

James Vaughan and Jeremy Elphick speak to the Head Programmer for Australia’s Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, Kiki Fung about the month of contemporary cinema she has guest curated for the MCA.

Twitter tour: Rachel Kent on #TatsuoMiyajima

by Claire Hastwell, Nov. 30, 2016

Chief Curator Rachel walks us through her exhibition highlights

What's it like to view art in the nude?

by Gill Nicol, Nov. 21, 2016
in Art Encounters

Gill Nicol, Director, Audience Engagement, reveals her experience of stripping down and gaining a new perspective of the MCA Collection by viewing it entirely in the nude.

Reliving our 25th Birthday Weekend

by Claire Hastwell, Nov. 17, 2016

See what happened over our three-day celebration 25 years of art #MCA25

Nostalgia and the young: Archives in a contemporary art museum

by Stephanie Ferrara, Oct. 31, 2016
in Behind the scenes

Whilst our focus as an organisation is primarily on what is happening in the present, keeping archives allows us to prepare for the future.

What do you see in Louise Hearman

by Susie Anderson, Oct. 25, 2016
in Digital Media

Visitors can use the MCA app to share their response to Louise Hearman’s exhibition and see what others think.

Fairfield Eating Excursion

by Claire Hastwell, Oct. 4, 2016
in Artist and curator Interviews

Women of Fairfield co-curator and PYT Artistic Director, Karen Therese takes us on a food safari through Fairfield, Sydney.

Please Touch: Tactile Tours for Families

by Amanda Palmer, Sept. 26, 2016
in Creative Learning

Artist Educator, Brook Morgan gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the development of this new program for families.

Interview with September film curator Adrian Martin

by James Vaughan, Sept. 15, 2016
in Interviews

James Vaughan speaks to Australian arts critic and audiovisual artist Adrian Martin about the month of contemporary Portuguese cinema he has guest curated for the MCA

Most Memorable: Young Ambassador art adventures

by Ciara Timlin, Sept. 12, 2016
in Interviews

Founding and new members of our Young Ambassador program share their fondest event memories

Collection Artist Spotlight: Kevin Gilbert

by Claire Hastwell, Sept. 6, 2016
in Art Encounters

Artist, playwright, activist. Get to know MCA Collection artist Kevin Gilbert

Vogue Fashion's Night Out

by Bridie Connell, Aug. 25, 2016

Creating wearables with crushed sea shells and Australian red earth, meet the innovative Australian designers we love at MCA Store.

Learning Resources in the Wild

by Alex White, Aug. 22, 2016
in Creative Learning

MCA internship alumni Laura Barlow reflects on the process of using MCA developed digital learning resources in the classroom.

MCA ARTBAR Yal Kuna (My Mates) = Blessed

by Bella Szukilojc, Aug. 18, 2016

Wanna hang with Eric and his mates? Brisbane-based artist Eric Bridgeman gathers his art family who he has borrowed at various times throughout his practice and gives them the stage.

Art Party: MCA Social flickers and flares

by Ciara Timlin, Aug. 12, 2016
in Artist and curator Interviews

What art-concoction have curators put together for our annual Primavera fundraiser bash?

Interview with August film curator Daniel Kasman

by James Vaughan, Aug. 4, 2016
in Artist and curator Interviews

Delve into our new Contemporary Film Series with Daniel Kasman, Director of Content at MUBI and film curator for August.

NAIDOC Week 2016

by Susie Anderson, Aug. 1, 2016
in Events

Visiting artists during NAIDOC week at MCA reminded us to continue the message of NAIDOC beyond one week.

Dear Giselle

by MCA Team, July 21, 2016
in Art Encounters

New Romance artist Giselle Stanborough answers your questions about the modern dating world.

What we've been reading: June

by MCA Team, July 1, 2016
in Art Encounters

In the spirit of our current exhibition, Telling Tales, MCA Staffers share what they’ve been reading over the past month.

Where do artists get their ideas from?

by Amanda Palmer, June 27, 2016

Artist Educators Stephanie & Athena are interviewed by kids about their art practice

Meeting Jumaadi: MCA Kids Committee

by Amanda Palmer, June 15, 2016
in Artist and curator Interviews

Siobhan learns from artist Jumaadi about his shadow puppet performance The Life and Death of a Shadow


by Bella Szukilojc, June 9, 2016

The MCA has collaborated with PITCH ZINE to create a digital zine in anticipation for the 9th annual MCA Zine Fair this weekend.


by Claire Hastwell, June 8, 2016
in Artist and curator Interviews

Zinesters shu. & Mikaela Cailao share their how’s and why’s of zine-making

ARTBAR and Vivid meet again

by Bella Szukilojc, May 20, 2016

Dipped in colour and drenched in light, we hand the paintbrush over to Huseyin Sami to curate this month’s MCA ARTBAR as it collides with Vivid Sydney.

Go-go Dance: from 60s Twist to Sydney

by Bridie Connell, May 20, 2016
in Artist and curator Interviews

Let’s twist! Artist Bridie Connell talks history of 60s Go-go dance & where it’s at in Sydney today

Visual arts sector United over funding cuts

May 19, 2016
in News

Australia Council’s recent announcement that 65 organisations will no longer receive funding under its Four-Year Funding program (previously Key Organisations), delivering a major blow to our contemporary visual arts sector.

Everything I Touch Turns To...

by Bella Szukilojc, April 26, 2016
in Artist and curator Interviews

Let’s all take a moment to get to know the artist who will wave over the Museum with an ethereal wand and dip the building in gold for MCA ARTBAR.

MCA Kids Committee & Artist Educators In Conversation

by Amanda Palmer, March 23, 2016
in Creative Learning

MCA Kids Committee members Sasha, Alesandro, Riley, Siobhan, Kayla and Max interviewed some of the artists behind Junior Art School to learn more their practice.

MCA Host stories: Floura Khosh Kish

by Floura Khosh Kish, March 15, 2016
in Behind the scenes

Get an insight into life as an MCA host with this guest post by Floura.


by Claire Johnson, March 7, 2016
in Behind the scenes

The ins and outs of a 90s art revival.

Turn the page to understanding art

by Bridie Connell, Feb. 17, 2016
in Art Encounters

Bridie from MCA Store shares five bestselling art books to add to your library.

Emma Mulholland reviews Grayson

by Cameron Scott, Feb. 17, 2016
in Art Encounters

A fashionable look at My Pretty Little Art Career

Sharing The Artist’s Voice

by Alex White, Feb. 5, 2016
in Digital Media

Celebrating the launch of a new video portal, Alex White reflects upon the MCA’s history of producing and sharing interviews with artists and the importance of these activities for the organisation.

Hello 2016

by Athena Cabot, Feb. 5, 2016
in Creative Learning

School holidays might be over, but there’s lots to look forward to in Term 1 in Creative Learning at MCA.

My Pretty Little Sydney: A guide inspired by Grayson Perry

by Cameron Scott, Feb. 2, 2016
in Art Encounters

Much like Grayson’s work, Sydney is full of interesting enclaves if you are willing to take a closer look. We teamed up with The Thousands to create a Grayson Perry-inspired guide to Sydney!

Building Confidence

by Sue Salier, Jan. 28, 2016
in Creative Learning

Artist Educator Sue Salier reflects upon the certainty of youth in relation to our secondary workshop program Unpacking Unseen Images.

Rosie Deacon talks 'Koala Nutbush'

by Bella Szukilojc, Jan. 25, 2016
in Artist and curator Interviews

Ahead of her MCA ARTBAR dubbed 'Koala Nutbush’ we sit down with Rosie Deacon, Sydney queen of kitsch, whimsy and Australiana.

11 Ways to celebrate Australia Day at the MCA

by Cameron Scott, Jan. 21, 2016
in Events

Australia Day, the contemporary way.

Follow us on Instagram to win goodies from MCA Store

by Claire Hastwell, Jan. 20, 2016
in Competitions

Get your regular dose of art pics plus a chance to win

A mobile update for the MCA

by Gabby Shaw, Dec. 18, 2015
in Digital Media

We’ve just launched a new MCA app. Our MCA Digital team share some insights around the process.

What we've been listening to: December

by MCA Team, Dec. 15, 2015
in Behind the scenes

From art and technology, to old Hollywood, to feminism, MCA Staffers share their favourite podcasts for your listening pleasure.

Young, Arty & Free

by Belinda Sculley, Dec. 4, 2015
in Creative Learning

Learn what it means to be a part of the MCA Youth Committee with members Jodie and Olivia.

Training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

by Ella Condon, Dec. 2, 2015
in Creative Learning

The Artist Educator team has been working closely with Keith Munro and Nadeena Dixon to develop our learning programs.

2016 student & teacher programs at the MCA – our picks!

by Georgia Close, Dec. 2, 2015
in Creative Learning

Feeling overwhelmed by the different learning experiences on offer? Here are some of our top picks to help you navigate our 2016 learning programs and exhibitions!

Six film sub-genres you didn’t know existed

by Claire Hastwell, Nov. 30, 2015
in Artist and curator Interviews

Film archive legends Jay Katz and Miss Death enlighten us

MCA’s Georgia Close wins Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education

by MCA Team, Nov. 20, 2015
in Creative Learning

Announced in Glasgow overnight…

Getting Real (Time)

by Stephanie Lade, Nov. 19, 2015
in Creative Learning

Artist Educator Stephanie Lade reflects on the process of creating a new learning program designed to open up experimental media processes to Primary and Secondary students.

Farewell Simryn Gill with MCA Young Guides

by Soo-Min Shim, Nov. 12, 2015
in Art Encounters

Listen to an extract of MCA Young Guides tour of Volume One: MCA Collection, as we farewell Simryn Gill’s Carbon Copy (assimilate).

What we've been reading: October

by MCA Team, Nov. 5, 2015
in Art Encounters

MCA staff share books, articles or journals that have inspired them over the past month.

Genext turns 10!

by Belinda Sculley, Nov. 2, 2015
in Creative Learning

A decade since we first let a bunch of teens loose in the MCA after -hours, with no adults

Street Art 101 with Work-Shop

by MCA Team, Oct. 30, 2015
in Events

Prep yourself for Work-Shop’s Street Art workshop on November 7 with this Q&A with Matt and Chester.

Artist mix: Marian Tubbs

by Marian Tubbs, Oct. 27, 2015
in Curatorial

We invited artist Marian Tubbs to make us a mix of tunes that inspired transmission detox, MCA’s first Online Commission.

Civic Actions recap by Deborah Kelly

by Deborah Kelly, Oct. 14, 2015
in Events

Civic Actions: Artists’ Practices Beyond the Museum took place 10-12 September, 2015. Read Deborah Kelly’s take on the talks and ideas presented during the conference.

Unhung heroes: MCA commissions

by MCA Team, Sept. 29, 2015
in Curatorial

We work with artists to realise new, temporary artworks that respond to the unique dimensions, location and history of this site.

Taloi Havini: Primavera artist and ARTBAR curator

by Claire Johnson, Sept. 24, 2015
in Interviews

Primavera 2015 artist and MCA ARTBAR curator Taloi Havini talks ‘Shell Money’, pina coladas and memories of Bougainville.

We laughed, we cried, we danced, we barked…

by Georgia Close, Aug. 31, 2015
in Creative Learning

Teachers from across NSW gathered at the MCA and Sydney Opera House for two days of creative dialogue and exchange as part of the 2015 Engaging Students with Disability forum.

If these walls could talk | #AleksDanko

by Claire Hastwell, Aug. 6, 2015
in Art Encounters

Ha-ha-ha-ha. Learn the meaning behind artist Aleks Danko’s Laughing Wall....

Digital Excursions; New Connections

by Alex White, July 27, 2015
in Creative Learning

Alex White reflects upon the newly launched program offerings and the possibilities these hold for students and teachers anywhere in Australia.

Let's all take a moment to get to know Renny Kodgers

by Claire Johnson, July 24, 2015
in Interviews

How you doin’ Renny, The Kodge-master? Well this certainly is a daunting task for ARTBAR, quizzing a quiz master, here goes…

Mug Shots

by MCA Team, July 20, 2015
in Events

In preparation for the The Rocks Aroma Festival on July 26, MCA staff share some of the stories behind the mugs they use for their workplace beverages.

MCA’s first Oculus Rift artwork experience

by Tristan Deratz, July 9, 2015
in Digital Media

Don’t have enough (real) space to install artworks in? Why not make some virtual space!

Teena meets Bella

by Aileen Robalino, July 2, 2015
in Events

David Capra is the 2015 Bella commission artist and to celebrate the installation of his new work Teena’s Bathtime, we held a very special open day.

What we've been reading: June

by MCA Team, June 25, 2015
in Art Encounters

MCA’s curatorial & digital team share links to articles and websites that have inspired them during June.

Anna Davis on Energies: Haines & Hinterding

by Anna Davis, June 12, 2015
in Curatorial

Curator, Anna Davis, has been working closely with David Haines and Joyce Hinterding in the lead up to their solo exhbition at the MCA.

Welcome to Light Lab!

June 5, 2015
in Creative Learning

Welcome to Light Lab, the MCA’s fun free activity space created in conjunction with the exhibition Light Show. Situated in the foyer of the National Centre for Creative Learning it’s open weekends and selected evenings during vivid.

Venice Biennale insights with Simon Mordant

by MCA Team, June 1, 2015
in Interviews

Simon Mordant AM, chairman of the MCA board, Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale and driving force behind the new Australian Pavilion by architects Denton Corker Marshall, talks to us exclusively from Venice.

Getting articulate at Light Show

by Tristan Deratz, May 25, 2015
in Digital Media

MCA Articulate lets visitors to Light Show respond to artworks in the exhibition.

Light Perspectives: Christoper Esber

by Claire Johnson, May 13, 2015
in Interviews

Our Light Perspective blog series continues to explore how light is used in professional creative practices. This week we hear from Australian Fashion Designer Christopher Esber.

Reflecting on the Blacktown Native Institution Artist Camps

by Peter Johnson, May 12, 2015
in Curatorial

'History is never static: it lives on through the people and communities that it has shaped, and it is shaped in turn by the telling of it.’

Light Perspectives: Bruce Ramus

by MCA Team, May 5, 2015
in Interviews

Our Light Show blog series continues with light artist Bruce Ramus.

Light Perspectives: Katie Sfetkidis

by MCA Team, April 29, 2015
in Interviews

Read our Light Show blog series to find out how light is thought about and used in professional creative practices.

Are you the next Curator of 'Primavera: Young Australian Artists'?

by Blair French, April 28, 2015
in Curatorial

We’re seeking expressions of interest from independent Australian-based curators to curate the Primavera 2016: Young Australian Artists.

Meet our new board member Kerry Gardner

by MCA Team, April 24, 2015
in News

Today we announced the appointment of Melbourne-based documentary filmmaker and arts philanthropist Kerry Gardner to the MCA’s board of directors.

MCA on the road: Bendigo & Cairns

by Shinae Stowe, April 22, 2015
in Curatorial

Road trip with Touring Exhibitions Manager Shinae Stowe between Cairns and Bendigo as she shares her tips for living out of a suitcase.

Rhianna Walcott: MCA Young Ambassador

by Ciara Timlin, March 31, 2015
in Art Encounters

Young Ambassador Rhianna Walcott shares some of her highlights of the YA program and insights on supporting contemporary art in Australia.

We're celebrating 3 years of world-class Creative Learning

by MCA Team, March 30, 2015
in Creative Learning

Three years ago, on 28 March 2012, we launched one of the most significant commitments to art education in Australia.

Interview with March MCA ARTBAR curator Koji Ryui

by Claire Johnson, March 19, 2015
in Interviews

Three words you might feel after this month’s ARTBAR: Intrigued, Violently Happy and Sick.

Tiwi research trip

by Susie Anderson, March 12, 2015
in Curatorial

Digital and curatorial went on the road to Tiwi Islands at the end of February. Read Assistant Digital Producer Susie Anderson’s blog to get an insight into what exactly happens on a research trip.

Interview: Cliff Lauson on Light Show

March 10, 2015
in Artist and curator Interviews

He has organised exhibitions of work by Ernesto Neto, Tracey Emin, David Shrigley, and Martin Creed. Arriving in Sydney in April is Dr Cliff Lauson, Curator of Light Show.

Experiencing the Brown Council Bella Room Commission

by Athena Cabot, Feb. 20, 2015
in Creative Learning

Artist Educator Athena shares her insights into the popular Bella program in the last months of the Brown Council’s Performance Art Commission.

Getting to know Tom Polo

by Claire Johnson, Jan. 28, 2015
in Interviews

Seinfeld, Dad jokes and Biggie Smalls. An interview with Tom Polo, the first ARTBAR curator of 2015.

MCA Articulate

by Gabby Shaw, Nov. 18, 2014
in Digital Media

MCA Articulate launches today – so which is your favourite Chuck Close work, and why?

David Capra: 2015 Bella Commission Artist

Oct. 29, 2014
in Creative Learning

Sydney-based artist David Capra has been commissioned to create a work for the MCA’s Jackson Bella Room in 2015.

Bella Momentum Workshop

by Cara MacLeod, Oct. 21, 2014
in Creative Learning

Bella Momentum is an intensive art workshop for talented art students from across NSW. Produced in collaboration with the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program.

Hetti’s Highlights – Corroboree Sydney

by Claire Johnson, Oct. 15, 2014
in Events

Corroboree Sydney Artistic Director Hetti Perkins shares her highlights for this year’s program at the MCA.

Engaging Students with Disability

Oct. 3, 2014
in Creative Learning

'Give yourself permission to try something different and look for other ways’

Casula Public School Electronic Art Workshop

by Alex White, Sept. 18, 2014
in Creative Learning

Year 6 from Casula Public School had a fantastic experience with the newly introduced Electronic Art workshop program.

Art Encounters: 8 Sep 2014

Sept. 8, 2014
in Art Encounters

Visitor: Katie Hale, Oakland, CA, USA

Benjamin Forster NCCL Commission

by Benjamin Forster, Sept. 2, 2014
in Artist and curator Interviews

Benjamin Forster did a residency here at the MCA and was subsequently commissioned to create a work for one of our many walls.

Feeling Dangerous? John Pilger at The Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Aug. 26, 2014

Feeling dangerous? Looking for Utopia? Wondering if you live in a dystopia?

New Electronic Art Programs at the MCA

by Alex White, Aug. 13, 2014
in Creative Learning

Award-winning technology 'littleBits’ lets kids play with new media and electronic art at MCA

Disability Action Plan

Aug. 11, 2014

Help us be a more accessible museum

TALK: Can Art Change The World? Art & Politics in Australia

July 31, 2014

Can art change the world’s politics?

Bianca Spender: MCA Young Ambassador

July 19, 2014
in Events

MCA Young Ambassador Bianca Spender spent 5 minutes with InStyle to tell them about our Ambassador Program and upcoming #MCASOCIAL event.

How to dress Art Eclectic for MCA SOCIAL

July 17, 2014
in Events

Aileen, our fashion forward Front of House shares a how-to guide for dressing ‘artfully eclectic’. Inspiring your #MCASOCIAL glad rags.

Magic wand over MCA Learning

June 25, 2014
in Creative Learning

Magician Adam Mada collaborates with MCA Educators and tells the role of magic in art and young learning.

FESS UP: Guilty Pleasures

June 24, 2014
in Curatorial

Staff at MCA and Performance Space disclose their best-worst music indulgences for #SonicSocial2014

Embracing Ignorance

June 18, 2014
in Artist and curator Interviews

Embracing Ignorance: MCA talks with artist Malcolm Whittaker, who leads Sonic Social event, Ignoramus Anonymous

Game of Thrones Event at MCA Foundation Hall

June 17, 2014

The Game of Thrones Exhibit by HBO will be at the MCA Foundation Hall in July.

Art of Giving: MCA Social

June 16, 2014
in Events

How can young people support the Arts without breaking the bank and what’s in it for them?


May 30, 2014
in Curatorial

Vocal Performer Call out! #SonicSocial2014

Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists

May 28, 2014

Sneak Peak: Meet this year’s lucky 13 young Aussie artists set to bring you Primavera 2014.

Telling your story: an artist’s guide to Vivid Ideas

May 22, 2014
in Events

Jess Scully, Vivid Ideas Festival Director, has selects the top arts events during Vivid.

Mamamia and the Mother Artist Forum

May 21, 2014
in Events

Jo Pollitt and Lilly Blue of BIG Kids Magazine for Mamamia on the Mother Artist Network Forum

Decoding a zine by Antwerpen

by Claire Johnson, May 13, 2014
in Events

Ahead of the MCA Zine Fair 2014, we’ve asked our talented friend Antwerpen to decode 'What is a zine?’.

2 Millionth Visitor

May 6, 2014

Today we celebrated our 2 millionth visitor since we reopened in 2012.

Who greets you at the entrance to the MCA?

April 24, 2014

Who helps you discover the myriad of things to see at the Museum of Contemporary Art?

Art of cultural diplomacy opens doors

April 15, 2014

MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE on her recent trade delegation to Asia, Date: 15 April 2014


April 2, 2014

UK-based artists Ivan and Heather Morison talk to C3West Curator Anne Loxley about Sleepers Awake

Imagination and desire cued for the Biennale of Sydney

March 6, 2014
in Artist and curator Interviews

Biennale Artistic Director, Juliana Engberg, discusses the curatorial process and thematic inspirations for Sydney.

Interpreting Yoko Ono's Film Scores - Part 3

Feb. 11, 2014

Artists from Experimental Universe relay how they’ve responded to Yoko Ono’s film scores

Interpreting Yoko Ono's Film Scores - Part 2

Jan. 31, 2014

Artists from Experimental Universe relay how they’ve responded to Yoko Ono’s film scores

New Acquisitions in Context

Jan. 31, 2014

Explore the works from this year’s New Acquisitions in Context

John Pilger's Utopia

Jan. 10, 2014

Journalist and filmmaker John Pilger writes of his journey to Utopia – the title of his new film – ahead of its Australian release

Reflections on the installation of War Is Over! (if you want it)

Jan. 10, 2014
in Exhibition Crew

MCA’s Installation Manager Tony Mighell on preparing the galleries for War Is Over! (if you want it)

Experimental Universe: Exploring Yoko Ono's Instructional Works - Part 1

Jan. 8, 2014

Experimental Universe is a program of events featuring films, music and performances

Imagine Yoko

Dec. 9, 2013

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG reflects on the art, music and extraordinary life of Yoko Ono in a speech he delivered to mark the official opening of the Yoko Ono exhibition War is Over!(if you want it).

Artist-in-Residence blog post 5: Outlines

by Benjamin Forster, Nov. 28, 2013
in Artist and curator Interviews

MCA Artist in Residence Benjamin Forster

MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent on Yoko Ono

Nov. 19, 2013
in Artist and curator Interviews

MCA Chief Curator and curator of War is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono, talks about the first major survey in Australia of works by Yoko Ono, once described by her late husband John Lennon as the world’s ‘most famous unknown artist’.

MCA Insight: War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono

by Tristan Deratz, Nov. 15, 2013
in Digital Media

What’s New for War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono in MCA Insight, the MCA’s free smartphone app.

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor on The Morning Show

Nov. 12, 2013

MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor joins Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies on The Morning Show to discuss War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono opening this Friday 15 November.

22 Today

Nov. 11, 2013
in News

So it’s our 22nd birthday today. Below we share with you some exhibitions that were open on this day over the years.

Artist-in-Residence blog post 4: Attempting definitions

by Benjamin Forster, Nov. 11, 2013
in Artist and curator Interviews

MCA Artist in Residence Benjamin Forster attempts to define drawing in his fourth blog post.

VSO video auditions

Oct. 18, 2013
in News

For the upcoming Yoko Ono exhibition, we needed more VSOs. So we asked for something different: video auditions.

Artist-in-Residence blog post 3: Interlude

by Benjamin Forster, Oct. 2, 2013
in Artist and curator Interviews

MCA Artist in Residence Benjamin Forster discusses an interlude in his project at the MCA in his third blog post.

MCA Insight: Primavera 2013

by Tristan Deratz, Sept. 27, 2013
in Digital Media

What’s New for Primavera 2013 in MCA Insight, the MCA’s free smartphone app.

Artist David Capra on art and Western Sydney

Sept. 5, 2013
in Artist and curator Interviews

MCA C3 West Curator Anne Loxley talks to artist David Capra about Western Sydney.

MCA Insight: string theory

by Tristan Deratz, Aug. 21, 2013
in Digital Media

What’s New for string theory in MCA Insight, the MCA’s free smartphone app.


Aug. 21, 2013
in Curatorial

On such a sad day for Australian art it was amazing to see in action the legacy of Loti Smorgon.

Artist-in-Residence blog post 2: Towards taxonomy

by Benjamin Forster, Aug. 16, 2013
in Artist and curator Interviews

MCA Artist in Residence Benjamin Forster discusses the development of his project at the MCA in his second blog post.

Sydney International Art Series 2013–14 launch

July 24, 2013
in News

Tickets are now on sale

Artist-in-Residence blog post 1: Isolated Marks

by Benjamin Forster, July 16, 2013
in Artist and curator Interviews

MCA Artist in Residence Benjamin Forster outlines his project at the MCA and his influences in his first blog post.

New artwork takes shape on MCA façade

July 10, 2013
in Curatorial

A monumental six-storey installation commissioned by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

Wangechi Mutu: textures

by Tristan Deratz, June 21, 2013

Videos and rich media from the Wangechi Mutu exhibition.

Why MCA SOCIAL is hot

June 6, 2013
in Events

With crush on contemporary art MCA Young Ambassador, Kristina Foster, talks about why MCA SOCIAL is hot.

MCA Insight: Wangechi Mutu

by Tristan Deratz, June 6, 2013

Hear and learn more about Wangechi Mutu’s exhibition with Insight, the MCA smartphone app.

Vale Dorothy Napangardi

June 5, 2013
in News

The MCA acknowledges the recent unexpected and sudden passing of prominent Aboriginal artist Dorothy Napangardi.

Spiderman at the Avant Card Awards

May 31, 2013
in Events

Spiderman meets and greets Australian and international icons and celebrities at Avant Card’s Postcard of the Year Awards.

JEFF WALL Photographs: the works behind the works

by Tristan Deratz, May 27, 2013
in Curatorial

Jeff Wall’s photographs are often densely referential, drawing upon sources as disparate as art history and outdoor advertising.

Focus on the extra work for Sydney leg of JEFF WALL Photographs

May 23, 2013
in Curatorial

MCA Head of Artistic Programs Judith Blackall describes

Young Creatives’ TEDxSydney Live Simulcast

May 2, 2013
in Events

An exclusive opportunity for young people aged 14–21 to participate in TEDxSydney

Young Ambassador event at Hayden Fowler's studio

April 29, 2013
in Events

MCA Assistant Curator (Collections) Megan Robson and Hayden Fowler in conversation.

Sunday's 'Workout' artist is...

April 27, 2013
in Curatorial

Brian Fuata

Saturday's 'Workout' artist is...

April 26, 2013
in Curatorial

Domenico de Clario

Friday's 'Workout' artist is...

April 25, 2013
in Curatorial

Agatha Gothe-Snape with Susan Gibb

Thursday's 'Workout' artist is...

April 24, 2013
in Curatorial

Jodie Whalen

Wednesday's 'Workout' artist is...

April 23, 2013
in Curatorial

Sarah Goffman

Tuesday's 'Workout' artists are...

April 22, 2013
in Curatorial

The Motel Sisters

Monday's 'Workout' artist is...

April 21, 2013
in Curatorial

David Capra

Anish Kapoor ePublication Final Edition available now

April 17, 2013
in Digital Media

Now with 360 degree interactive panoramas

'Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro' tours to Brisbane

April 11, 2013
in News

The exhibition runs until 28 July at UQ Art Museum.

13 Rooms by Kaldor Public Art Projects

April 10, 2013
in News

In the lead up to Workout, check out this 11-day performance art extravaganza

Ultimate Vision - Monuments to Us

April 5, 2013
in Curatorial

The latest C3West project at Westfield Hurstville opens

The colourful world of Hiromi Tango

April 5, 2013
in Events

2013 Bella Room commission unveiled

100 Mile Art Conference

by Melinda Garcia, March 20, 2013
in Creative Learning

I recently had the opportunity to speak about the museum’s digital initiatives to quite a specialised audience: secondary Visual Arts teachers.

Young Ambassador event at Sarah Cottier Gallery

March 14, 2013
in Events

MCA Curatorial Assistant Kelly McDonald joined MCA Young Ambassadors for an evening of wine, cheese and a private viewing of works by Gemma Smith and Jamie North.

South of no North: Laurence Aberhart, William Eggleston, Noel McKenna

March 13, 2013
in Curatorial

Darren Knight on his connection with McKenna and Aberhart, both of whom he represents.

Connecting with Korea

by Melinda Garcia, March 13, 2013
in Creative Learning

February 26th was quite a milestone for the MCA Digital Learning team as it marked our first Digital Excursion with an international school.

Interplay: The MCA Staff Show 2013

March 5, 2013
in News

The annual exhibition of works from MCA staff runs until 10 March at 107 Projects in Redfern.

One million MCA visitors

March 4, 2013
in News

A record-breaking figure eleven months after reopening.

2012 Ann Lewis AO Contemporary Visual Arts International Address

Feb. 4, 2013
in Creative Learning

Exhibiting artist Anish Kapoor spoke to a sell-out crowd at the museum in December – here’s your chance to watch it in full.

Digital Excursions at the MCA

by Melinda Garcia, Feb. 4, 2013
in Creative Learning

We talk to MCA Digital Learning Coordinator Melinda Garcia who plays a key role in implementing the MCA’s Digital Excursions.

The Anish Kapoor effect

Jan. 29, 2013
in News

An Instagram dream.

TABOO artist Anton Kannemeyer on his work and background

Jan. 21, 2013
in Curatorial

Hear the interview recorded on 16 December 2012 for FBi Radio’s Canvas show.

MCA ARTBAR wins 2012 SMAC Award for Best Arts Event

Jan. 18, 2013
in News

Thank you everyone!

The Hub of Democracy

Jan. 17, 2013
in Curatorial

Be part of the HUB OF DEMOCRACY in Westfield, Hurstville, until 26 January. Lara Thoms talks to C3West Curator Anne Loxley about the project.

Launching the free MCA ePublication app for iPad

Dec. 20, 2012

The MCA has released a free iPad app to coincide with the opening of the Anish Kapoor exhibition.

The MCA wins two IMAGinE Awards

Nov. 26, 2012
in News

The awards went to MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE and the Bella Room.

Within Walking Distance Launch

Nov. 5, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

Artist Garry Trinh talks about his new project for C3West, recently launched in Western Sydney Parklands.

Focus on Primavera 2012 artist Justine Varga

Oct. 22, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

The artist dicussed her works in the show.

Focus on Primavera 2012 artist Benjamin Forster

Oct. 10, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

The artist dicussed his works in the show.

An introduction to the Bella Art workshop

Oct. 9, 2012
in Creative Learning

MCA School Programs Coordinator Georgia Close introduces us to this long-running and highly popular program for at risk youth.

Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro's Stasis

Oct. 4, 2012
in Curatorial

An introduction to the new commission on the MCA front lawn

Ken Whisson's Full Bodied Baby

Sept. 28, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

Ken Whisson interprets a passage from The Palm-Wine Drinkard

Last stop for Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO

Sept. 20, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

MCA Touring Exhibitions and Projects Manager Karen Hall discusses Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO currently on show at its final venue, Newcastle Art Gallery.

Par Avion arriving at the MCA

Sept. 17, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

MCA Curatorial Assistant Kelly McDonald discusses Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro’s Par Avion featured in their upcoming MCA exhibition.

The Mending Project update

Sept. 6, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

MCA Curatorial Assistant Kelly McDonald gives the latest on Lee Mingwei’s The Mending Project

In memory of Adam Cullen

Aug. 1, 2012
in News

MCA painting hung in memory of Adam Cullen

Sydney International Art Series 2012-13 tickets are now on sale

July 25, 2012
in News

Tickets to Sydney International Art Series Exhibitions Anish Kapoor and Francis Bacon are on sale now.

The MCA Restaurant opens

July 17, 2012
in News

The MCA Restaurant opens on Wednesday 18 July 2012

Australia Award for Urban Design goes to C3West project by Campement Urbain

June 28, 2012
in News

For The Future of Penrith/Penrith of the Future

Creating Creativity in the Digital Space

by Melinda Garcia, June 5, 2012
in Creative Learning

How do we foster creativity in the digital space? Melinda Garcia shares at Vivid Sydney what the team in the National Centre for Creative Learning have been doing.

Dachshunds for World Peace

May 30, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

Bennett Miller discusses Dachshund U.N., part of Local Positioning Systems curated by Performance Space.

The grass goes down in front of the MCA

May 23, 2012
in Digital Media

Just in time for Vivid, the grass is going down in front of the MCA.

We’ve created a quick timelapse of Monday’s action.

Remembering Ms Yunupingu

May 15, 2012
in News

Remembering through art

Jason Maling on Physician

May 8, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

Jason Maling discusses his Physician performance, part of Local Positioning Systems curated by Performance Space.

Julie-Anne Long on Val, The Invisible

April 30, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

Julie-Anne Long talks about her recent Val, The Invisible performance ahead of this Thursday’s This is not a Lecture Theatre talk at the MCA.

generationext is back

April 17, 2012
in Creative Learning

generationext, the free art celebration exclusively for teenagers, returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Hot dogs and sausage dogs

April 13, 2012
in News

Join Performance Space at Carriageworks tomorrow, Saturday 14 April 2012, for a Dachshund BBQ and information session.

The MCA joins Google Art Project

April 10, 2012
in Digital Media

MCA visitors can now explore MCA Collection artworks on Google Art Project.

The MCA remembers

April 4, 2012
in News

The MCA unveils Brook Andrew’s Warrang, the permanent commission on Circular Quay side.

Why the face?

April 3, 2012
in News

A little background on the badge worn by MCA Chairman Simon Mordant on the cover of The Sun-Herald.

MCA Official Opening on 28 March 2012

March 30, 2012
in News

The MCA officially reopens on Wednesday 28 March 2012.

Live Stream of the Official MCA Opening

March 27, 2012
in News

Unveiled. The official Museum of Contemporary Art Australia opening will be streamed live from midday Wednesday 28 March 2012.

An interview with Katie Paterson

March 24, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

Scottish artist Katie Paterson talks about her works in Marking Time.

Walker & Bromwich discuss Celestial Radio

March 19, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

UK-based collaborative Walker & Bromwich discuss Celestial Radio.

Hany Armanious sculpture arrives

March 18, 2012
in News

Curator Anna Davis describes the 1:30 am arrival of Hany Armanious’ commissioned sculpture on the Sculpture Terrace.

Rachel Kent talks about The Clock

Feb. 24, 2012
in Artist and curator Interviews

Senior Curator Rachel Kent shares her experiences of Christian Marclay’s 24-hour video, which will be at the MCA from 29 March – 3 June.