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Aleks Danko

30 Jul - 18 Oct


Matthys Gerber

22 Sep - 06 Dec


Primavera 2015

22 Sep - 06 Dec

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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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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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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 Program for students with specific needs

Explore contemporary art and develop new creative skills through art-making experiences in this flexible and FREE 90 minute program for students with specific needs, including physical, intellectual, emotional or behavioural disability.

Investigate contemporary artworks on Gallery Explorations of current exhibitions, and explore art-making processes and ideas in a practical session in the creative and digital studios of the National Centre for Creative Learning.

Discover the multi-sensory Bella room, where each year Bella commission artists create interactive installations designed to engage and inspire people with specific needs to explore contemporary art through sensory experience.

Bella is FREE for all participants. Each program is led by MCA Artist Educators and is tailored and responsive to individual group requirements.

Bella is available for children and young people with specific needs aged 5-18 years.

In addition we offer a Bella Plus program for adults with specific needs.

Information and bookings

Advance bookings are essential – book online today

Session Times: Regular sessions run every Monday during the school term or on other days by request.

Session Length: 60-90 minutes

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 Room

Discover the multi-sensory Bella Room, where each year Bella commission artists create interactive installations designed to engage and inspire people with specific needs to explore contemporary art through sensory experience.

The Jackson Bella Room, situated in the National Centre for Creative Learning, is a dedicated, interactive space for students with specific learning needs to explore the work of contemporary artists. Each year, an artist or artist group is commissioned to make an environment suitable for people with specific needs.

In 2015, Sydney-based artist David Capra invites us to join him in giving Teena his sausage dog a bath. Because Teena doesn’t like baths, we are encouraged to help her through the process, using lullabies, storytelling and cuddles!

Working with performance and costuming, Capra’s practice includes the making of objects such as banners and sculptures, drawing, installation and video. Describing himself as an ‘intercessory artist’, his practice takes the form of interventions into physical and social space designed to initiate healing. His work also often involves his sausage dog Teena. Capra has also worked on a number of curatorial and writing projects, including guest editing a recent issue of Das Superpaper focused on contemporary art and culture in Western Sydney. In 2013, Capra was awarded the Blake Prize Emerging Artist Award for Year of Jubilee (2013), a video work dealing with the ritual of banner waving. Also in that year, Capra participated in the MCA’ s performance season Workout with Throne room (Wizard of Oz Intercession) (2013).

Most Bella programs at the MCA make use of the Bella Room.

More on David Capra’s 2015 Bella Room Commission

David Capra and his sausage dog Teena

David Capra and his sausage dog Teena in the 2015 Bella Room Commission: David Capra, Teena’s Bathtime, 2015, 3-channel video, sound, synthetic fur, vinyl, scent, bubbles, rubber flooring, cardboard, wood, foam, wire, found objects, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for the Jackson Bella Room, 2015
Image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Anna Kucera

Watch some of the highlights from the 2013 Bella Program