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– Highlights


Aleks Danko

30 Jul - 18 Oct


Matthys Gerber

22 Sep - 06 Dec


Primavera 2015

22 Sep - 06 Dec

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– Learning Events


Exchange Series

12 Nov, 11.00am, Creative Studios National Centre for Creative Learning


Educator Exclusive

26 Nov, 5.30pm, Creative Studios National Centre for Creative Learning



06 Dec, 6.00pm, Throughout the MCA

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– News from inside the MCA

Taloi Havini: Primavera artist and ARTBAR curator

Primavera 2015 artist and MCA ARTBAR curator Taloi Havini talks ‘Shell Money’, pina coladas and memories of Bougainville. more

We laughed, we cried, we danced, we barked…

Teachers from across NSW gathered at the MCA and Sydney Opera House for two days of creative dialogue and exchange as part of the 2015 Engaging Students with Disability forum. more

If these walls could talk | #AleksDanko

Ha-ha-ha-ha. Learn the meaning behind artist Aleks Danko’s Laughing Wall.... more

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– Spotlights from the collection online

Volume One: MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection on display

Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections

On tour until October 2015


Watch our latest artist interview with Khaled Sabsabi

Schools & Educators
– Teacher Programs

Educator Exclusives 2015

Educator Exclusive evenings invite teachers to experience new MCA exhibitions and uncover behind-the-scenes perspectives with talks from artists and curators, and discovery sessions led-by MCA Artist Educators. Explore new teaching ideas and resources and enjoy refreshments with your colleagues in the creative spaces of the National Centre for Creative Learning.

Term Two:
Light Show
with Blair French, MCA Director; Curatorial and Digital
Thursday 14 May, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Term Three:
Energies: Haines & Hinterding
with artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding
Thursday 30 July, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Term Four: *Sydney International Art Series Exhibition* & 2016 MCA Learning preview
Thursday 26 November, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Stay-tuned for the big announcement of the 2015 SIAS exhibition!

The MCA is an accredited provider of teacher professional development with NSW BOSTES.

Further information: or 02 9245 2400

Creativity in the Primary Classroom

Join teaching artists from Sydney’s leading cultural organisations to explore cross-curricular and cross-arts connections for the primary classroom.

Each workshop will take you on an artistic journey with a focus on hands-on skills. No experience or previous knowledge is required. You will take new expertise and confidence into in your classroom the very next day.

Wit the MCA, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Dance Company, Bell Shakespeare, Australian Theatre for Young People and Sydney Theatre Company.

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September

Full (2 Day) Registration:
Standard $400 / Early Bird $375* / Pre-Service & Casual Teachers $250
Single Day Registration:
Standard $250 / Early Bird $225* / Pre-Service & Casual Teachers $125

For information and bookings contact Sydney Opera House

P:02 9250 7770

Image: Dance workshop, Engaging Students with Disability Teachers Forum,2015, photograph: Daniel Boud

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Creative Connections #2: Workshop for primary teachers

Building on the creative learning strategies shared in Creative Connections #1, MCA Educators team up with classroom teachers from the MCA Teachers Council to workshop ideas for extending the experience of an MCA Learning program back at school. Workshop a series of case studies exploring how you can connect with MCA Collection artworks across learning areas and through extended creative responses.

The MCA is an accredited provider of teacher professional development with NSW BOSTES.

Program details:
Date: Tuesday 15 September
Time: 9am – 3pm
Cost: $100/ $95 MCA Members/ $80 pre-service teachers
Creative Connections #1 and #2: $180/ $175 MCA Members/ $150 pre-service teachers

Download and return the enrolment form to book your place today!

Tailored Professional Development Days in the National Centre for Creative Learning

Need help creating a professional development session for your staff? MCA Artist Educators can tailor a program to meet your needs, exploring areas such as creative learning strategies for engaging with artworks, contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practice, digital art-making workshops, or ideas for developing students’ literacy through contemporary art. We can arrange programs on weekdays, weekends or after school.

Contact MCA Learning for more information: or 02 9245 2400

Art & Technology in the Classroom: (STEAM not STEM)

Artists are great innovators and experimenters, often driving emerging technologies to their limits and invoking new possibilities. Yet rarely are the sciences or mathematics taught through the lens of art.

Experience the creative possibilities of contemporary art and test out learning strategies designed to challenge and extend students’ creative capacities. In a practical workshop, explore experimental processes that engage creativity as a driver for experiential learning.

By situating creativity as a natural part of learning, students can be inspired to new ways of thinking about art, science and the world we live in, building creative capacity vital for tackling the big challenges of the 21st century.

Presented in partnership with Vivid Ideas.

A BOSTES registered creative learning workshop for K-10 teachers.

Program details:
On request for whole staff groups.
Contact MCA Learning for information
02 9245 2400

Image: Casula Public School, Electronic Art Workshop 2014, photograph: Dan Boud.

Online Resources

The MCA produces a range of online resources:


Access a range of resources that can enable students to encounter artworks and artists online and support teachers to deliver innovative creative learning programs. Encourage students to confidently respond to contemporary works and build up their own creativity.

Access the digital resources here.


Since 2005 the MCA has produced video interviews with artists in the MCA collection. The series covers more than 60 artists with more are added each year making this resource one of the most comprehensive sources for information on contemporary Australian artists where the artists own voice is heard.

Access the MCA Artist Interview Collection here.


A searchable database of artists and works in the MCA collection with supporting information.

Access the MCA Online Collection here.

Museum of Contemporary Art – Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.

Scope of Endorsement

  • Standards 2 and 6 of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher