– Highlights


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb


Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events


Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

23 Jan, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean [Unplugged]

23 Jan, 6.00pm, Level 3: Galleries


Spoken Word Series

03 Feb, 1.00am, Throughout the MCA

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

We sat down with laughter connoisseur Shari Coventry from Sydney Laughter to discover the truth about laughter and why we need it ahead of this month’s Laughter Sessions. more

Coming up in 2018…

Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet. Find out what’s on. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. 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.

Special Event

ARTBAR July 2017
– Curated by Claudia Nicholson

ARTBAR happens after dark on the last Friday of every month.

For the month of July, exhibitions, music and live acts come together under the direction of artist Claudia Nicholson, transforming the MCA into a pulsating piece of performance art, Claudia tugs on our heart strings as she celebrates an evening of devotion, love and gift giving.

Delve into the rituals and traditions that make up Claudia’s practice. Our July MCA ARTBAR will be filled with artworks and performances that celebrate the creation of an artwork for another person.

Friday 28 July 2017, 7-11pm
Throughout the MCA
$24 General
$18 MCA Members and Concessions*

Door Sales
(subject to availability)
$28 General
$22 MCA Members and Concessions*
Ages 18 +


*Concession: Tertiary/TAFE/ESL Students with photo ID, Senior’s Card holders, Unemployed/Concession Card holders, Nava card holders

*Booking fees apply


  • Create your own soul-warming gift for the one you love or be your own hallmark in our card-making station.
  • View Joan Ross’ painting stolen by the artist herself from an unappreciative recipient.
  • Be enthralled with Koco Carey’s Selena medley performance
  • Reminisce about your past lovers with Athena Thebus and Samuel Hodge’s photographs.
  • Sing along to one of Rainbow Chan’s engaging Google Translate karaoke sets
  • Listen in as Marcus Whale performs songs in response to Nicholson’s work,
  • Shake off the winter chill with night of rooftop music by Yung Brujo.

Let’s celebrate art made for love, not for exhibitions!


Current Exhibitions
Level 1: Kader Attia (open until 10pm)
Level 2: MCA Collection Today Tomorrow Yesterday (open until 10pm)
Level 3: Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy (open until 9.30pm)

About Claudia Nicholson
Colombian-born Sydney-raised artist Claudia Nicholson is known for her contemporary twist on the colourful alfombra de aserrín (traditional South American sawdust carpet), created painstakingly over several days using sawdust, glitter and pigment. Claudia’s work seeks to reconnect her roots in traditional Latin American culture, with her contemporary practice in Australia.

She recently worked on the project Women of Fairfield commissioned by C3West, MCA, Power House Youth Theatre and STARTTS and was commissioned by Runway Australian Experimental Art to generate new digital work for issue #31 West.

Inclusive Access
We offer support for anyone with access needs as a free supplement to all MCA programs. For more information and to make a request, please contact
mail@mca.com.au or find information regarding Bella programs exclusively for people with access requirements HERE

Image: Claudia Nicholson, All I have are dreams of you, 2017, installation view, The National 2017: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Zan Wimberley

image for ARTBAR July 2017

– When

28 July 2017, 7:00-11:00pm

– Where


Venue info

– Admission

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Booking fees apply

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