THE MCA OFFICIALLY REOPENS
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia officially reopened on Wednesday 28 March 2012 at 12 noon in the presence of the Premier of New South Wales, The Hon. Barry O’Farrell and the Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Simon Crean MP.
Also attending the celebrations were the New South Wales Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing, and Minister for the Arts, the Hon. George Souris MP and the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore. The event took place in the new MCA Foyer, on Circular Quay Side.
Proceedings began with a Welcome To Country by Michael West and a traditional Aboriginal dance by the Doonooch Dancers on the MCA Square.
The opening follows the completion of a major $53 million redevelopment designed by local architect Sam Marshall in association with the former Government architect Peter Mould. Construction began in August 2010 and saw the Museum close to the public in June 2011.
The project was supported by all three levels of Government – the Federal State, the NSW State and the City of Sydney – as well as by philanthropists Simon and Catriona Mordant, and other private and corporate donors.
MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, says: ‘I am thrilled to see this transformational project come to completion. The new MCA truly is a world-class institution with brand new Collection Galleries showcasing the very best in contemporary Australian art. I am immensely proud of the National Centre for Creative Learning (NCCL) and its outstanding programs for schools, children and families. The NCCL’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and stunning facilities are sure to be an inspiration for generations to come, with cutting-edge technology innovations and digital excursions to rival the world’s best.’
The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, says: ‘The MCA has frequently been voted Sydney’s favourite institution and with the redevelopment, it opens up so many incredible opportunities for Sydney to promote its vibrant culture on an international level. Its contribution to the city in this regard is invaluable.’
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The Official Opening of the MCA
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