Bella Program for students with specific needs

Look, touch, listen and create in the Bella Program, a FREE art-making workshop for children and young people with specific needs, including physical, intellectual, emotional or behavioural disabilities.

Investigate contemporary artworks on Gallery Explorations of current exhibitions, then explore art-making processes and ideas in a practical session in the creative and digital studios of the NCCL.

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

Japanese-born, Sydney based artist Hiromi Tango has created Dance, an immersive environment for the Bella Room in 2013-14, a colourful and playful interactive learning environment for people with intellectual disablities. Dance will be available until March 2014.

Led by specially trained MCA Artist Educators, each program includes gallery exploration and discussion, visiting the interactive Bella Room, and hands-on art making activities.

Bella is FREE for all participants and can be tailored to individual requirements. The MCA’s pioneering Bella Program is now available all year long, offered every Monday during school term or at other times by special arrangement.

Advance bookings are essential.
Session Times: 10.00am-11.30am or 12.30pm-2.00pm or by arrangement
Session Length: 60-90 minutes
Bella workshops are now available for adults with Bella Plus!
Information and bookings

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 Program Fact Sheet

Download this fact sheet for quick answers to frequently asked questions about the MCA Bella Program.


Watch some of the highlights from the 2013 Bella Program