Look, listen, touch and create! The Bella Program is for children and young people with specific needs to explore contemporary art and develop creative skills through art-making experiences.
Investigate contemporary artworks in a Gallery Exploration of current exhibitions, and explore art-making processes and ideas in a practical session in the Creative Studios located in the National Centre for Creative Learning.
Explore the multi-sensory Bella Room, an interactive installation commissioned to engage and inspire people with specific needs to connect with the work of contemporary artists through sensory experiences.
Each program is led by MCA Artist Educators and is tailored and responsive to the specific needs, interests and stages of learning of the children and young people participating.
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 Programs are available for groups of all sizes subject to availability. Please nominate your preferred dates and times when making your booking.
Please contact MCA Learning on 02 9245 2400 or via the National Relay Service if:
• you need assistance making your booking online
• you would like to discuss program details and the individual needs of your group
• you are making multiple bookings
• you are hoping to visit on a date that is less than 4 weeks away
Session Length: 60-90 minutes
Bookings: Advance bookings are essential and should be made at least 4 weeks in advance.
Cancellation Policy: Notice of 7 working days must be given, otherwise you may be charged for the cost of the program. Funding for the Bella Program is limited – reasonable notice of cancellation enables us to make your program available to others.
Bella Pre-Visit Resource: A digital resource to assist students and teachers prepare for visiting the MCA and participating in the Bella Program
Learning Resources: Access the MCA Learning Portal to discover a rich source of materials and resources designed to develop and support creative learning and engagement with contemporary art in the classroom.