The MCA Bella Program was established in 1993 through the generosity of MCA patrons, Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM, and the Jackson family, in memory of their late daughter and sister Belinda. Bella at the MCA has since grown to include a suite programs and special events, offering Bella Programs for children and young people with physical, intellectual, behavioural or sensory disability, and Bella Plus Programs for adults with specific needs.
Our Bella and Bella Plus Programs engage people with specific needs in contemporary art through gallery explorations, include practical creative studio sessions for exploration art-making processes and ideas, and provide opportunity for skills development. All of our programs are delivered by MCA Artist Educators and are individually tailored and responsive to the specific needs and interests of children, young people and adults participating.
Sitting alongside our Bella and Bella Plus programs is the Bella Room, a unique space located in the National Centre for Creative Learning for Bella participants to connect with the work of contemporary artists through sensory experiences. Now in its fourth year, this commission series invites an artist or artist group each year to realise a multi-sensory and interactive artwork to engage and inspire people with specific needs.
These places that are available now, whereas 30 years ago it wasn’t around, for disabilities and that, it’s really good to have activities like this to go to.
Dave, Bella Plus participant, 2015
Culminating in a giant sausage dog parade through Circular Quay, 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. Read more.
Bella is a flexible and free program for children and young people with specific needs, including physical, intellectual, behavioural or sensory disability.View More
Enjoy a free full-day program at the MCA and the Syndey Opera House with out combined excursion for students with specific needs.View More
Explore contemporary art and develop new creative skills through art-making experiences in this flexible and free program for adults with specific needs.View More
Explore contemporary art, meet new people and share in art-making and professional development opportunities in this free and dynamic community program held once a month.View More
A multi-sensory and interactive artwork commissioned annually to engage and inspire people with specific needs to connect with the work of contemporary artists through sensory experiences.View More
Discover how dance, music, theatre and the visual arts can unlock the learning of students with disability. A two-day forum focused on building creative skills and ideas sharing. Presented in partnership with the Sydney Opera House.View More