Artist Commissions

Loti Smorgon Sculpture Terrace

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

The MCA Sculpture Commission is an ongoing program of works commissioned for the 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.

Melbourne-based artist Sangeeta Sandrasegar’s larger-than-life, fibreglass sculpture faces out over the harbour to the ocean beyond. It is a mer-child, combining the body of a child with the head of an ancient fish, and created in response to our changing relationship to the sea.

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Hany Armanious, Fountain, 2012

Circular Quay foyer wall

Daniel Boyd, Untitled, 2014

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.

Daniel Boyd’s commission is composed of more than 18,000 circular mirrored disks. The mirrored surface reflects the activity of the MCA foyer environment as well as the Circular Quay foreshore.

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Guan Wei, The Journey to Australia, 2013
Helen Eager, Tango, 2012

Jackson Bella Room

Brown Council, Performance Art, 2014

This is the third in a series of commissioned artworks for the National Centre for Creative Learning to create a work responsive to students and young people with specific needs.

Sydney based artist Collective Brown Council transform the Bella Room into an immersive and interactive performance ‘funhouse’ designed to be both accessible and stimulating for young people with specific needs. The work draws on a diverse range of sources, including the histories of performance art, absurdist theatre and children’s television programs such as Play School and Mulligrubs.

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Hiromi Tango, Dance, 2013
Emily Floyd, The Garden, 2012

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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National Centre for Creative Learning

Benjamin Forster, My first painting, 2014

Artist Benjamin Forster was commissioned to create a 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 is informed by the artist’s relationship with the Museum and his reflections on the role of creative learning.

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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.