About

Welcome to Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists.

Located on one of the most beautiful sites in the world at Sydney’s Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia opened to the public in 1991, reopening in 2012 following a major expansion. The redevelopment transformed the MCA, with spacious new galleries including an entire floor dedicated to its Collection; a new National Centre for Creative Learning ; public spaces that embrace one of the world’s most famous locations; and a series of site-specific artist commissions.

Architect Sam Marshall in association with the Government Architect’s Office has created a contemporary building that responds to its unique location and meets the needs of the Museum, bringing together old and new to create a context for engaging artists with audiences for the 21st century.

Focusing on the work of living artists, MCA Australia’s vision is to engage audiences with contemporary art and ideas through the presentation of a diverse program of exhibitions and special events onsite and offsite. From major thematic exhibitions and surveys of established artists, solo exhibitions and artist projects, to new work by emerging artists, touring exhibitions and community led projects through C3West, the MCA program covers the range and diversity of contemporary art.

The MCA Collection contains over 4000 works by Australian artists that have been acquired since 1989. The Museum collects across all art forms with strong holdings in painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and moving image, as well as significant representation of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

The MCA offers a vibrant public program which connects a broad and diverse public with the work of living artists. This includes practical and theoretical programs for schools, creative programs for children and families, social and cultural events for young people, and major public lectures themed around MCA exhibitions and contemporary issues in the visual arts, design, architecture or film.

The Museum was established by the University of Sydney through the J.W. Power Bequest with the assistance of the New South Wales Government, and is now an independent organisation with a board of Directors. The MCA is a not for profit organisation, raising over 70% of its revenue from non-governmental sources.