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Grayson Perry

10 Dec - 01 May


Primavera 2015

22 Sep - 06 Dec


Matthys Gerber

22 Sep - 06 Dec

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06 Dec, 6.00pm, Throughout the MCA


Contemporary Art Studio

31 Mar, 10.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning


Creativity in the Primary Classroom 2016

20 May, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Getting Real (Time)

Artist Educator Stephanie Lade reflects on the process of creating a new learning program designed to open up experimental media processes to Primary and Secondary students. more

Farewell Simryn Gill with MCA Young Guides

Listen to an extract of MCA Young Guides tour of Volume One: MCA Collection, as we farewell Simryn Gill’s Carbon Copy (assimilate). more

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On tour until October 2015


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Artist Commissions

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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Jackson Bella Room

David Capra, Teena’s Bathtime, 2015

This is the fourth 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.

Teena’s Bathtime is a playful artwork that invites audiences to assist in giving the artist’s sausage dog a bath. Drawing on animal assisted therapies, the installation encourages physical participation and exploration using multiple senses.

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Brown Council, Performance Art, 2014

Hiromi Tango, Dance, 2013

Emily Floyd, The Garden, 2012

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

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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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.