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Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb


Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

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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

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The Importance of Laughter

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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

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Blog – Claudia Nicholson's ARTBAR of love and devotion

Posted on July 26, 2017 by MCA Team in Events.

This Friday’s ARTBAR celebrates art made for love, not for exhibitions.

Join this month’s curator Claudia Nicholson in a night that will turn the MCA into an elaborate quinceañera party full of love, devotion and gift-giving. Tug at your loved ones’ heartstrings by creating your own gift of art, or hit the card-making station and craft a token of your devotion.

The night will treat you to captivating artworks (one was even stolen by the artist herself) and performances ranging from a Selena medley by Koco Carey to Google Translate karaoke with Rainbow Chan. Delve into the rituals and traditions that make up Claudia’s practice and enjoy an evening that’s all about sharing and showing love.

We caught up with the curator, Claudia Nicholson to find out more.

You produced work for ARTBAR back in 2016, but now you’re curating your own night. How does it feel?

I’m really excited to curate ARTBAR. It’s such a great opportunity to share with everyone the work of local artists who I love.

Your work seeks to reconnect your roots in traditional Latin American culture with your contemporary practice in Australia. Which parts of your work do you see as being uniquely Latin American or uniquely Australian?

I see my work as sitting between both cultures and, at times, exploring my position between them. I don’t think I can separate them from one another and I wouldn’t really want to. My work is about connecting to a culture through contemporary practice.

How do you hope people will feel when they leave the ARTBAR you’ve curated?

I hope people have the chance to see work that artists have made as gifts rather than for exhibition. These works are usually private but are charged with intimacy or humor, which I think, makes them really special. So I hope people feel excited after seeing these works.

You have mentioned a quinceañera as an inspiration. What is it? Do tell us more.

A quinceañera is a 15th birthday party thrown for young women in Latin America. They are extravagent and lush celebrations. I have never been to one or had one so I am hoping to bring a bit of this to ARTBAR.

This ARTBAR is all about love and devotion. What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

Drive me to Bunnings and stay up all night with me cutting up tiny flowers then making me toast while I nap before driving me back to the gallery for the exhibition opening. That’s devotion.

You’re a Sydney local. Where’s the best place to pick up a gift to woo a crush?

MAX Black

Finally, any song requests for your resident DJ, Yung Brujo?

I Miss You by Aaliyah. So everyone can have a slow dance.

Grab your tickets for Claudia’s ARTBAR and warm your heart on a winter’s night.
Sawdust artwork

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