– Highlights

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

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Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

– Learning Events

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Special Event

ARTBAR June 2017

30 Jun, 7.00pm, MCA

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Talk

NAIDOC Week 2017

05 Jul, 5.30pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Event

Master Class For Teachers

09 Jul, 10.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

5 Years of ARTBAR

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

MCA at the 2017 Venice Biennale

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. more

From the archives: Unconventional Materials

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

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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

Artist Commissions

Jackson Bella Room

Kate Beynon, Room of Lucky Charms, 2017

For the 2017 Bella Commission, Kate Beynon has created a space filled with good luck charms drawn from her mixed Chinese and Welsh heritage.

Visitors are invited to engage with the work by selecting, placing and rearranging the symbols – encouraging Bella participants to create patterns, messages and their own associations of meaning.

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PAST COMMISSIONS

Kathy Temin, The Koala Room, 2016

David Capra, Teena’s Bathtime, 2015

Brown Council, Performance Art, 2014

Hiromi Tango, Dance, 2013

Emily Floyd, The Garden, 2012

Circular Quay foyer wall

Khadim Ali, The Arrival of Demons, 2017

The MCA Foyer Wall Commission is an ongoing program of wall works commissioned for the Circular Quay foyer . The Museum works with artists to realise new, temporary artworks that respond to this unique dimensions, location and history of this site.

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PAST COMMISSIONS

Stephen Bush, Corde du Roi, 2016

Daniel Boyd, Untitled, 2014

Guan Wei, The Journey to Australia, 2013

Helen Eager, Tango, 2012

Loti Smorgon Sculpture Terrace

Caroline Rothwell, Composer, 2016

The MCA Sculpture Commission is an ongoing program of artworks commissioned for the Museum’s Loti Smorgon Sculpture Terrace on Level 4. The Museum works with artists to realise new, temporary artworks that respond to this unique site overlooking Sydney Harbour.

Composer is a 6-metre high, kinetic sculpture that explores current issues around energy consumption, sustainable sources of energy and global warming. Rothwell’s artistic practice interrogates political ideas in poetic, subtle, even humorous ways, which can generate dialogue and open up new perspectives.

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PAST COMMISSIONS

Sangeeta Sandrasegar, to be carried away by the current, to be dissolved in the Other, 2014

Hany Armanious, Fountain, 2012

MCA Online Commission

Marian Tubbs, transmission detox, 2015

The first MCA Online Commission is by Sydney-based artist Marian Tubbs. This new commission series supports artists to create work on or for the internet and other digital technologies, building on the MCA’s commitment to supporting Australian artists creating work across a range of media.

transmission detox comprises a series of interlinking websites, combining video, interactive collage and live analytic data. This major new work explores the spatial possibilities of the internet and draws on the artist’s research into the global flow of currency, images and information.

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Benjamin Forster, My first painting, 2014

Artist Benjamin Forster was commissioned to create a temporary wall painting for the Level 3 foyer leading into the National Centre for Creative after completing an extended residency at the Museum in 2013. My first painting was informed by the artist’s relationship with the Museum and his reflections on the role of creative learning.

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Brook Andrew, Warrang, 2012

This artwork was commissioned as part of the MCA’s heritage interpretation program in relation to the historic docks located under the new building.

Brook Andrew’s vibrant response to the challenge of commemorating the historic docklands is a permanent feature of the building, visible from across Circular Quay and illuminated by night.

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Learn more about the history of the MCA site

Imants Tillers, Pure Beauty, 1991-97

Imants Tillers’ multi-panelled painting was the first artwork commissioned by the MCA. It hangs permanently in the original Circular Quay entrance, and acknowledges supporters who contributed to the conversion of the former Maritime Services Board building to the MCA in 1991.

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All images courtesy and © the artists.