About the Series

MCA on The Rocks

Welcome to MCA on The Rocks, a talk-show inspired series of conversations offering a fresh way to explore art and ideas. Each season we invite a dynamic Sydney thinker and personality to curate a series of conversations drawing on themes from our current exhibitions.

Prepare to be surprised, engaged and enthralled as our hosts and their guests shake up and explore a whole range of diverse topics and themes.

NEXT UP

Comedian, collector and self-confessed architecture nerd Tim Ross plays provocateur with John Watson, manager of Silverchair, historian Dr Sophie Leiberman, author of blog All Men Are Liars and many others in this season of MCA on The Rocks. Come along and say goodbye to the Australian dream, question your right to privacy and get a glimpse of the future of music.

Bookings recommended

$25/$20 MCA Members and Concessions
(online booking fees apply)
(includes a glass of wine)

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MEET OUR HOST…

Presenter: Tim Ross

Tim is a comedian, broadcaster and writer. His television credits include Unplanned (Nine Network) The B-Team (Ten) and The Merrick and Rosso Show (Foxtel). He has hosted No Leave No Life and Australia Vs for the Seven Network and Facing The Hangover and Uncharted for MTV.
For the ABC he was part of Wide Open Road, Agony Uncles and The Agony Guide to Life.

On radio he has worked at Triple J, Nova , ABC 702 Sydney and is currently the drive host on Mix FM.

Tim’s interest in architecture has led to him speaking at The 50’s and 60’s House Symposium (Museum of Sydney) Home Series talks (Government House), Sydney Design Week, and he has recently become the ambassador for The Historic Houses Trust Sydney Open. In 2012 he became a member of Creative Services Advisory Committee for the Historic Houses Trust.

He is currently touring a new live comedy show Man About The House which has been performed exclusively in Modernist houses in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Los Angeles.

Host, Tim Ross

Previous Events

October 17 – Privacy! What Privacy?

It’s been less than ten years since the birth of social media and in those few short years many of us have completely surrendered our privacy. Perhaps we have always harboured the secret desire to share photos of our legs in a bikini at the beach but then again perhaps we have all been tricked?
As new technologies continue to challenge our social norms many artists working in the digital sphere are also faced with the challenges of redefining intellectual property in a world where sharing content is as easy as the click of a button.

Host: Tim Ross, with panellists:
Dr Sophie Lieberman, historian
Ben Rennie, digital media expert
Sam de Brito, author

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MCA on the Rocks panellists. From left to right: Sam de Brito, Dr Sophie Lieberman, Tim Ross, Ben Rennie

July 18 – I Only Know It Isn’t Mine – How can we fit this body of ours?

Host: Joe Hildebrand, with panelists:
Sharri Markson, Editor, Cleo Magazine
Matt Lennox, Quadriplegic and Disability Advocate
Bob Ellis, Writer and Political Commentator

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June 20 – I’m Looking Through You – The gentle art of invisibility

Host: Joe Hildebrand, with panelists:
Adam Mada, Magician
Ron McCallum, Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney Law School
Brian Schmidt, Laureate Fellow at The Australian National University’s
Mount Stromlo Observatory.

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Panelists for The Gentle Art of Invisibility

Panelists for The Gentle Art of Invisibility

May 16- I love you but…

For her final event as host of MCA on The Rocks, Fenella Kernebone will be calling in the big guns with MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Artist Brook Andrew and Comedian Hannah Gadsby, to explore our sometimes conflicted relationships with contemporary art. Join them for this candid discussion as they ask the question we’ve been too afraid to ask until now – Is it ok to not like contemporary art?

Presenter: Fenella Kernebone with panellists:
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Brook Andrew, Arist and Curator
Hannah Gadsby, Comedian

MCA on the Rocks - I love you but... panelists

Panellists at MCA on the Rocks – I love you but… Brook Andrew speaking, with presenter Fenella Kernebone left, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor right and Hannah Gadsby far right.

April 18- The Suburbs will be the death of us…

Drawing Inspiration from the exhibition South of no North which brings together three artists whose works are connected by an interest in the vernacular and a regional sense of place, join host (and previous resident of the suburban wilds of Homebush Fenella Kernebone as she and her panel explore our love hate relationship with the suburbs.

Presenter: Fenella Kernebone, with panellists:
Tara Moss, Writer and Presenter
Ben Quilty, Artist
Anthony Burke, Head of UTS School of Architecture

Photography: Michael Kery

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Panellists at MCA on the Rocks – The suburbs will be the death of us…
From left to right: Presenter Fenella Kernebone left, Tara Moss, Ben Quilty and Anthony Burke.