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– Highlights


Grayson Perry

10 Dec - 01 May


Primavera 2015

22 Sep - 06 Dec


Matthys Gerber

22 Sep - 06 Dec

Create and Learn at the

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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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– News from inside the MCA

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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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

Bella for Children and Young People

Bella is a flexible and FREE program for children and young people with specific needs, including physical, intellectual, behavioural or sensory disability.

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.

students and teacher with hands interacting with artwork through body gestures

Students and teacher engaging with interactive artwork 2015 Image © Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, photograph: Daniel Boud


Bella Programs are available for groups of all sizes subject to availability. Please nominate your preferred dates and times when making your booking.

Book a 60 minute Bella Program today

Book a 90 minute Bella Program today

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


Cost: FREE

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.

resources to support your visit

Bella Pre-Visit Resource: A digital resource to assist students and teachers prepare for visiting the MCA and participating in the Bella Program

Download the Bella Pre-Visit Resource for Primary Schools

Download the Bella Pre-Visit Resource for Secondary Schools

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.

two girls making wearable art in the creative studio at the museum of contemporary art