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.

Brown Council’s Jackson Bella Room Artist Commission transforms the space into an immersive and interactive performance ‘funhouse’ designed to be both accessible and stimulating for young people with specific needs. The work draws on a diverse range of sources, including the histories of performance art, absurdist theatre and children’s television programs such as Pee-wee’s Playhouse and Mulligrubs.

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

Brown Council Bella Room still

Brown Council, Performance Art 2014, still, 3-channel video, sound, synthetic polymer paint on wall, carpet. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for the Jackson Bella Room, 2014

Watch some of the highlights from the 2013 Bella Program