– Highlights

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Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb

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Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb

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Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

23 Jan, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Event

Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean [Unplugged]

23 Jan, 6.00pm, Level 3: Galleries

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Spoken Word Series

03 Feb, 1.00am, Throughout the MCA

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

We sat down with laughter connoisseur Shari Coventry from Sydney Laughter to discover the truth about laughter and why we need it ahead of this month’s Laughter Sessions. more

Coming up in 2018…

Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet. Find out what’s on. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Past Events

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2017

January 2017: Curated by Louise Zhang

Infusing her love of horror with the celebration of Chinese New Year, Zhang curated an evening exploring ideas of celebration, kitsch and diaspora. Featuring contributions by artists Jason Phu and Josh Harle along with Chinese Lion Dancing and headpiece workshops.

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February 2017: Curated by Reko Rennie

Artist Reko Rennie curated a night of subversion, celebrating the independent and nonconformist. Blurring the lines between institutional and outsider Rennie invited both Australian and International artists to convert the MCA into a space of experimentation and unexpected art forms.

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March 2017: Curated by Jess Johnson and Simon Ward

Jess Johnson & Simon Ward graffiti the MCA into a dystopic drive-in. Bunker inside the architecture of the MCA and move through a series of viewing zones, engaging with film, art and music along the way.

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April 2017: Curated by Bhenji Ra

Bhenji Ra tooks over the MCA! Notions of imitation, disruption and art world hierarchy. Interactive workshop and performance by iconic dance queens, The Bay Angels. Craft with performances by Latai Taumoepeau, Angela Goh, Amrita Hepi, and Caroline Garcia.

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May 2017: Curated by Julia Gorman

Bathed in light and explosions of colour…Creator of MCA’s 2017 Vivid Sydney projection, artist Julia Gorman, transformed the MCA inside-out for ARTBAR this month.

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June 2017: Curated by Latai Taumoepeau

Archipela_GO ….this is not a drill ©
A Plastic Pasifika program from the depths of the Moana.
Respond to the call of environmental trauma on the big island of Australia.

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July 2017: Curated by Claudia Nicholson

Celebrating art made for love, not exhibitions, artist Claudia Nicholson brought together an incredible group of artists to transform the MCA into a space for love, devotion and gift giving. We were treated to performances by Koco Carey, Chun Yin Ranbow Chan, Marcus Whale and Nat Randall.

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August 2017: Curated by Julie Rrap

Artist Julie Rrap brought the college to the institution for her ARTBAR! Programming the night full of performances, workshops and artworks from current Sydney College of the Arts students, and established artists such as Joyce Hinterding and David Haines.

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September 2017: The Primavera Edition

On Friday September 29th, two of our 2017 Primavera artists, Kynan Tan, and Elena Papanikolakis curated an evening of performances, music, and a plethora of interactive spaces! Featuring performances by Linda Brescia, Low Flung, and Astrological lecture by Kirsten Banks.

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October 2017: Curated by Caroline Garcia

Artist Caroline Garcia transformed the MCA last Friday, with performances by Clarissa Mei, Brian Fuata, Bhenji Ra, dance workshops led by Soul Patrol, A Filipino style reading group, Janet Jackson Bingo and so much more! Photography by Leslie Liu

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November 2017: Curated by Lucy Simpson

Artist Lucy Simpson curated an incredible ARTBAR titled Beautiful/Deadly! A night of revolution, strength, resilience of Indigenous women, saw performances by The Jannawi Dance Clan, Marlene Cummins, and The Stiff Gins!

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2016

January 2016: Curated by Rosie Deacon

'Koala Nutbush’
We were intoxicated on colour and whimsy as Sydney artist Rosie Deacon curated an evening of kitsch, craft and Australiana to kick off the first ARTBAR of 2016, dubbed Koala Nutbush as the Museum transforms into a fantastical 1980’s Aussie backyard inhabited by handmade animal sculptures – bonzer!

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February 2016: Curated by Giselle Stanborough

'Last Fling before the Ring’

Have one last fling as Giselle Stanborough curated a wild hen’s night for this MCA ARTBAR, which took a critical look at the ways in which society 'allows’ women to go wild within certain defined lines.

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March 2016: Curated by Motel Sisters

The Motel Sisters are two Sydney based artists, Naomi Oliver, and Liam Benson, they create and perform as their characters, Paris and Tacky Motel.
The Motel Sisters parody popular culture, suburbia and contemporary art. The characters are loosely based on over-media-saturated socialites such as Paris Hilton.

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April 2016: Curated by Kate Scardifield

Artist Kate Scardifield transformed the Museum into a sparkling spectacle. GOLDEN HOUR is that fleeting moment of time at dawn or dusk when the light is just perfect– but blink and you’ll miss all that glitters.

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May 2016: Curated by Huseyin Sami

Dipped in paint and drenched in light, this month’s MCA ARTBAR was a ripper. Curated by Huseyin Sami and colliding with Vivid Sydney became a heaving and colorful surroundings as the MCA was transformed into a pulsating piece of performance art.

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June 2016: Curated by Kate Daw & Emily Floyd

Kate Daw and Emily Floyd casedt a spell over the Museum and transformed it into a dimly lit, shadowy dreamscape where troubadour Georgia Spain lead us through a bewitched evening of ballads, ghosts and narratives.

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July 2016: Curated by by Wade Marynowsky

Wade Marynowsky brought together an incredible group of artists and performers under the Title of “Equisite Corpse”. “Equisite Corpse” was a night of colliding performances, roaming artists, sound art, and collaborations. Photographer; Leslie Lui

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August 2016: Curated by Eric Bridgeman

For our August ARTBAR, Eric gathered his art family who he has borrowed at various times throughout his practice. We saw a recollection of Eric’s practice come alive through paintings, GIFs and 1930s crooner songs. Bared souls and bare bottoms. Plus fashion tips inside the styling booth! Photographer: Jack Toohey

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September 2016: Primavera Edition

Spring arrived in full bloom along with a fresh crop of young Australian artists set to galvanize ‘The Primavera Edition’ of ARTBAR curated by Emily Parsons-Lord, Danae Valenza & Pia Van Gelder.

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October 2016: Curated by Jason Wing

Jason Wing is a Sydney-based artist who strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal heritage. Wing began as a street artist and has since expanded his practice to incorporate photomedia, installation and painting. Influenced by his bi-cultural upbringing, Wing explores the ongoing challenges that impact his wider community.

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November 2016: Curated by Megan Cope

For this month’s (and the year’s final) MCA ARTBAR, the Museum transforms into a space of reflection courtesy of artist Megan Cope. FlashBlaks to the Future invites you to take part in storytelling, poetry and workshops that explore notions of freedom, inter-generational memory and cultural transmission.

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2015

January 2015: Curated by Tom Polo

Tom Polo curated evening of jokes, gags, wit and LOLs. Thanks to D-Unit, Rosie Deacon, Sarah Goffman, Mish Grigor, Matthew Hopkins, Emily Hunt, Peter Nelson, Naomi Oliver, Kenny Pittock, Dayne Rathbone and John Spiteri.

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February 2015: Curated by Heath Franco & Jodie Whalen

Featuring commitment ceremonies, the sassy Bad Bitch Chior, the History of 'Love and Fear’ in cinema by Jay Katz and Daniel McKewans warpred remake of Katy Perry’s 'California Gurls’ plus more

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March 2015: Curated by Koji Ryui

Nebulous synthesis of cosmic offerings blurring the lines between art and non art, reality and fantasy, seeing and not seeing, Ryui has set out to create a quasi-psychedelic space of mind altering surprises drawing from Art, Music and Subcultures.

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April 2015: Curated by Karen Therese

Prepare to be surprised and inspired as Karen Therese brings you ARTBAR titled ‘SO WESTERN’

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May 2015: Curated by Rebecca Baumann

Decked out in confetti, dipped in colour and illuminated in light MCA ARTBAR driven by Audi wants to celebrate its 3rd Birthday with YOU! Courtesy of Rebecca Baumann.

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June 2015: Curated by Dara Gill

Witness the MCA turn into a surreal futuristic environment where the weird and wacky collide with science and academia. Get your brain juices flowing, heart pumping and sci-fi goggles on as artists play with the idea of what is yet to come.

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July 2015: Curated by Renny Kodgers

Spend a night with glamorous honky-tonkin’ gent, Renny Kodgers at ARTBAR this month. Best described by filmmaker John Waters as 'the bastard child of Willie Nelson and Carlotta’, Kodgers’ performances dynamically combine the best of southern American hospitality!

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August 2015: curated by Haines & Hinterding

Collaborating with contemporary artists and musicians for one night only, Haines and Hinterding will explore the invisible energies that surround us drawing inspiration from their MCA exhibition Energies: Haines and Hinterding.

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September 2015: Primavera Edition

‘The Primavera Edition’ of ARTBAR was curated by Taloi Havini, visitors got their grey matter flexing and dance moves shaking. Rifting off themes in the exhibition.
Image: Taloi Havini, Middle Tailings #3 (Bougainville Copper Ltd, Panguna mine), 2015, digital print on aluminium

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October 2015: Curated by Hissy Fit

MCA ARTBAR gets darker than ever as artist trio Hissy Fit curate an apocalyptic night for ARTBAR: Dystopia. Scream your face off:

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November 2015: Curated by Blak Douglas

Curated by Blak Douglas, experience the creative minds of artists Karla Dickens, Dijon Mundine, Jason Wing, Amala Groom, Sebastian Goldspink, Leah Flanagan, Aroha Groves, Ursula Yovich, Luka Lesson and Matty Shields.

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2014

January 2014: Curated by Justin Shoulder & The Glitter Militia

We joined this queer gathering of powerful political and spiritual potential. We entered a psychic space where we were asked to inhabit our alter identities. We Witnessed and partook in club covens, runway witchuals and craft-werk.

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February 2014: Curated by Chick on Speed

The unstoppable Chicks including; Melissa Logan and Alex Murrary-Leslie, joined by Melbourne electro drummer Erica Lewis, present a collision where artists, interactive music technicians, composers and performers collide after dark to jam at the MCA

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March 2014: The Music Edition

Exhibitions, music, design and live acts come together under the direction of a guest curator, transforming the MCA into a pulsating piece of performance art.

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April 2014: The Fashion edition

Guests will swoon as artists collaborate with Melbourne’s Centre for Style to bring together cutting edge clothes, dance and installation. Students from the Whitehouse Institute of Design will pay homage to the MCA Collection making artwork-inspired garments in the Galleries.

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May 2014: Curated by Ross Manning

Ross performs with new semi-automated and self-composing instruments and brings a swag of independent Brisbane art-cohorts to deliver MCA ARTBAR titled ‘small voices’.

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June 2014: Curated by Gail Priest

Gail Priest 'Rapture Rupture’ as part of Sonic Social

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July 2014: Curated by: Pip & Pop

Join the dots between Japanese art, music and culture at the sugar-coated MCA ARTBAR driven by Audi. From the dark digital ocean of Tabaimo: MEKURUMEKU to the kawaii fancies of Pip & Pop (Tanya Schultz), salivate as exhibitions, music, design and performances came together for one night only.

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August 2014: Curated by Nick Dory & Hossein Ghaemi

Spring came early in the form of 90s rave at the next MCA ARTBAR. Primavera 2014 artists Nick Dorey and Hossein Ghaemi orchestrated a night of video works, performance, workshops and a dedicated rave space.

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September 2014: Curated by Caitlin Franzmann & Marian Tubbs

The Primavera-ARTBAR party continues as Caitlin Franzmann (Brisbane) and Marian Tubbs (Sydney) curate Fri 26 Sep. Calling in artist friends to dress the MCA in art, music and fascinations.

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October 2014: Curated by Lara Thoms

Socially-interested, site-specific and participation-loving Lara Thoms is your next MCA ARTBAR curator. Discover expanded approaches to art as artists collaborate in unexpected ways.

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December 2014: Curated by Destiny Deacon

Book a date with Destiny for the last ARTBAR of the year as part of Corroboree Sydney. Melbourne-based artist Destiny Deacon plus friends sprinkle the night with big ideas, theatrics and wicked humour.

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2013

January 2013: Curated by Brook Andrew

With priority zones, restricted access, performances by Constantina Bush, George Tillianakis and Liam Benson, plus pole dancing magic by Matthew Shields; Guests Immersed themselves in Brook’s projections and iconic views of Sydney Harbour while DJs Leo Tanoi and Perfect Snatch took hold of the Sculpture Terrace

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February 2013: Curated by Emma Price

We puckered up as Emma Price (The Kingpins) presented a night of heavy petting for music, museum and art lovers alike. Roving performance, video installations and random acts of desire turned the MCA into a temple of love.
Scott Redford, The Kingpins, and Sam Doctor explored the rituals of sex and space.

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MARCH 2013: CURATED BY MICHAELA GLEAVE

We looked up at the sky in March at MCA ARTBAR driven by Audi, as we headed into the Aether with Michaela Gleave, and had our mind scanned. We Witnessed constellations of live ballerinas and took the solar system home in our pocket.

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APRIL 2013: WORKOUT EDITION

We flexed our minds, enjoyed a night of conceptual physicality, and trained to gain in April for MCA ARTBAR – Workout Edition.For the first time ever MCA ARTBAR chose seven artists and collaborative groups to help us work our inner artistic core through mental push ups, intellectual stretches and inspirational lycra-clad montages.

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MAY 2013: CURATED BY KEG DE SOUZA

We celebrated MCA ARTBAR driven by Audi’s first birthday in May experimenting with the theme of weird science curated by Sydney artist Keg de Souza. From the 1985 teen sci-fi film classic by John Hughes to the literal meaning of weird science, Keg invited us to interpret the evening as we saw fit.

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JUNE 2013: CURATED BY TULLY ARNOT

We immersed ourselves in the speculative and visionary worlds of artists, eccentrics and the occasional cyborg as our June curator, Tully Arnot, explored new possibilities for reality at MCA ARTBAR Unreal!We reveled in this one-night-only art, music and performance event while drinking with friends – real and imaginary.

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JULY 2013: CURATED BY MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO

Maria Fernanda Cardoso invited you to spend the night of Friday 26 July as Mother Nature intended. Leaving your inhibitions at the Museum door and embracing the artist’s nominated theme of Sex Everywhere.

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AUGUST 2013: CURATED BY LAUREN BRINCAT

DRUM ROLL PLEASE … Sydney multimedia artist Lauren Brincat said 'thank you for the music’ at MCA ARTBAR driven by Audi on Friday 30 August. This ARTBAR continued tradition presenting unexpected one-night-only art, music and performance events.

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SEPTEMBER 2013: THE PRIMAVERA EDITION

For this special edition of ARTBAR driven by Audi, we saw Primavera 2013: Young Australian Artists like never before as Jacqueline Ball (WA), Jackson Eaton (WA/VIC), Heath Franco (NSW), Thomas Jeppe (WA/VIC), Jess Johnson (VIC), Juz Kitson (NSW), Kusum Normoyle (NSW) and curator Robert Cook.

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OCTOBER 2013: CURATED BY ALASKA PROJECTS

For this edition titled Halloween TV Party, King Cross artist-run initiative ALASKA Projects invites guests to celebrate living artists whilst noting that gone are the days of human sacrifice, devils trapped in pumpkins, purgatory protection cupcakes and celebrating the dead.

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NOVEMBER 2013: CURATED BY TONY ALBERT

This event titled I’m Dreamin’ of a Blak Christmas was the last ARTBAR of the year. For ARTBAR, Albert recreated the quintessential Australian summertime holiday with references to the great Australian pub.

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