Learning Resources

Extend your museum experience by accessing a rich variety of pre and post-visit digital resources online.


Access audio, video, photographs, artist statements and curatorial interpretation with a few clicks. Discover ideas for pre- and post-visit activities, and interactive teaching tools for the classroom. MCA digital resources let you hear from artists, catch behind-the-scenes glimpses and catch up on MCA events.

All MCA Learning resources can be downloaded FREE for educational use.

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Latest resources

Discover Annette Messager

Check out out a range of resources support Annette Messager motion/emotion including a curatorial statement, 3D panorama, image galleries and detailed information on individual artworks.

Discover Annette Messager

Annette Messager Casino

Annette Messager, Casino, installation, MCA Australia, red pongee silk, rubber, string, found objects, optical fibre,fluorescent tubes,fans, software
Image courtesy the artist and MCA Australia
Copyright the artist
Photograph: Alex Davies

Sleepers Awake

These resources provides an introduction to Sleepers Awake by Heather and Ivan Morison, a site-specific C3West project presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Western Sydney Parklands Trust at Bungarribee in the Western Sydney Parklands, from 17 – 26 May 2014.

Artists' Impression

Artists’ Impression

Remain in Light

These resources provide an introduction to Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections,a MCA Australia touring exhibition of over 70 artworks by Australian and international artists collected by the University of Sydney and the Museum of Contemporary Art during a period spanning more than 50 years.

David Stephenson Drowned No. 176

David Stephenson, Drowned No. 176 2002, toned silver gelatin print, Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Henry Ergas, 2009

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ABC Splash Learning Resources

Explore our latest learning resources produced in partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Designed for students and teachers to access at school, or for independent learners at home, these multimedia resources highlight artistic practice and cultural importance of artists and works in MCA exhibitions and Collection.

See Collection 1: Focusing on artists featured in MCA exhibition string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian Art

See Collection 2: Focusing on Yirrkala Printmakers featured in MCA exhibition string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian Art

Other Online Resources

The MCA produces a range of online resources for a geneal public audience that can be utilised by teachers:

Exhibition Specific 'Discover’ Pages
These pages are created for each exhibition held at the MCA and include images, videos and curatorial texts that support public engagement with the exhibition.

Annette Messager: motion/emotion

Tabaimo: MEKURUMEKU

MCA Online Collection
A searchable database with images, text and video supporting works in the MCA collection.

Students using online resources in the NCCL

Students using online resources in the NCCL

Program-linked Resources

Creative Guide to Contemporary Art Interactive Whiteboard Resource

Creative Guide to Contemporary Art Interactive Whiteboard Resource

Interactive whiteboard resource to accompany primary level program Creative Guide to Contemporary Art. May also be displayed on a laptop and projector in the classroom. Contains pre-, and post-visit ideas for your students.

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Bella Program Pre-Visit Teacher Resource

Bella Program Pre-Visit Teacher Resource

Interactive whiteboard resource to accompany the Bella Program for Students With Specific Needs. May also be displayed on a laptop and projector in the classroom.

Contains pre-, and post-visit ideas for teachers and students.

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Exhibition-linked Resources

Yoko Ono

2013 War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono

War Is Over! (if you want it): Yoko Ono) represents the first Australian survey exhibition by the legendary artist, musician and activist Yoko Ono. Spanning five decades from the early 1960s to the present, it encompasses her language and instruction texts, sculptures and installations, and films and performances.

MCA Insight, our free smartphone app, extends the gallery experience of War Is Over! by presenting the artist’s own voice through audio recordings and video.

Preview highlight content for War Is Over! from the MCA’s mobile app

The Wandering

2013 The Wandering: Moving images from the MCA Collection

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is excited to launch the iPad specific app MCA Publications. This app will host the MCA’s digital publications, beginning with the exhibition catalogue The Wandering.

Download the MCA Publications app from the iTunes store

Preview the key content from The Wandering ePublication for those without an iPad

Download the digital resource for teachers: focusing on new media art and practice

String Theory

2013 string theory: Focus on contemporary Australian Art

string theory, showing at the MCA 16 August – 27 October 2013 presents a wide range of artworks by over 30 of Aboriginal artists working with expanded notions of textile and craft traditions.

MCA Insight, our free smartphone app, extends the gallery experience of string theory by presenting the artist’s own voice through audio recordings and video.

Preview highlight content for string theory from the MCA’s mobile app

Anish Kapoor

2013 Anish Kapoor

MCA Publications also houses the exhibition catalogue for Anish Kapoor.

Download the MCA Publications app from the iTunes store

Preview the key content from the Anish Kapoor ePublication for those without an iPad

2011 PRIMAVERA EDUCATION RESOURCE

2011 PRIMAVERA EDUCATION RESOURCE

For the exhibition in Spring 2011. Primavera is an annual exhibition for Australian artists aged 35 years and under.

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2010 IN THE BALANCE EDUCATION RESOURCE

2010 IN THE BALANCE EDUCATION RESOURCE

From the exhibition, In The Balance: Art for a changing world, in Spring 2010.

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2010 PRIMAVERA EDUCATION RESOURCE

2010 PRIMAVERA EDUCATION RESOURCE

For the exhibition in Spring 2010. Primavera is an annual exhibition for Australian artists aged 35 years and under.

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2010 DIGITAL ODYSSEY EDUCATION RESOURCE

2010 DIGITAL ODYSSEY EDUCATION RESOURCE

For Digital Odyssey, an epic artist tour and residency with internationally respected Australian artist Craig Walsh.

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2009 ALMANAC EDUCATION RESOURCE

2009 ALMANAC EDUCATION RESOURCE

For the exhibition Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO, in Summer 2009.

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2009 C3WEST EDUCATION RESOURCE

2009 C3WEST EDUCATION RESOURCE

For a C3West project secondary study morning, focusing on three artists: Craig Walsh, Sylvie Blocher and Campment Urbaine, and Ash Keating.

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2009 FIONA FOLEY EDUCATION RESOURCE

2009 FIONA FOLEY EDUCATION RESOURCE

For the exhibition Fiona Foley: Forbidden, in Spring 2009.

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2009 RISING TIDE EDUCATION RESOURCE

2009 RISING TIDE EDUCATION RESOURCE

For the exhibition Rising Tide: Film and Video works from the MCA Collection, in Winter 2009.

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2008 FIONA HALL EDUCATION RESOURCE

2008 FIONA HALL EDUCATION RESOURCE

For the exhibition Fiona Hall: Force Field, in Autumn 2008.

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2008 To make a work of timeless art Education Resource

2008 To make a work of timeless art Education Resource

From the exhibition, 'To make a work of timeless art: MCA Primavera Acquisitions', in Summer 2008.

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2007 Callum Innes Education Resource

2007 Callum Innes Education Resource

From the exhibition, 'Callum Innes: From Memory', in Summer 2007-08

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2007 Julie Rrap Education Resource

2007 Julie Rrap Education Resource

From the exhibition, 'Julie Rrap: Body Double', in Summer 2007.

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Artist-linked Resources

Artist’s Voice

The Artist’s Voice Series captures the 'voices’ of Australian contemporary art, featuring footage of artists from the MCA exhibition program candidly discussing their work and practice.

The series is a result of the Museum’s commitment to facilitating access to contemporary art and artists.

Series 7 (2012 – 2014)

Khaled Sabsabi

Running time: 15.19

Artist Khaled Sabsabi discusses his work, practice and inspiration. The artist highlights particular conceptual and material concerns in the development of his work, including culture, identity and community, and how the relationship between the audience, site and the artwork informs meaning.

Artist’s Voice is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited

Agatha Gothe-Snape

Running time: 10.11

Artist Agatha Gothe-Snape discusses a range of works featured in the exhibition Workout: 7 Days of Experimental Performance (2013) and in the MCA Collection for the MCA Artist’s Voice series.

Artist’s Voice is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited

Rebecca Baumann

Running time: 10.27

Artist Rebecca Baumann discusses her works Confetti International (2007/2011), Improvised Smoke Device (2010/2011), featured in the exhibition Primavera 2011 and Automated Colour Field (2011) featured in the MCA Collection for the MCA Artist’s Voice series.

Artist’s Voice is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited

Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens talks about his practice and his work Mingling 2012. Mingling was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, on the occasion of the opening of the new MCA, March 2012.

Artist’s Voice is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited.

Helen Eager

Helen Eager talks about her practice and her work Tango 2012. Tango was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, on the occasion of the opening of the new MCA, March 2012.

Artist’s Voice is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited.

Emily Floyd

Running Time: 8:44

Emily Floyd talks about her practice and her work The Garden (here small gestures make complex structures) 2012. The Garden was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, on the occasion of the opening of the new MCA, March 2012.

Artist’s Voice is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited.

Hany Armanious

Running Time: 6:18

Hany Armanious talks about his practice and his work Foutain 2012. Fountain was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, on the occasion of the opening of the new MCA, March 2012.

Artist’s Voice is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited.

Gemma Smith

Running Time: 7:22

Artist Gemma Smith discusses her works Adaptable (dark peach/red oxide) 2008 and Adaptable (mint/golden green) 2008 featured in the exhibition MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2009 for the MCA Artist’s Voice series 5.

Artist’s Voice is supported by the Keir Foundation and produced by artciné.