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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec


The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun


Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

– Learning Events


Art Baby

04 May, 10.30am, MCA



12 May, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning


MCA Zine Fair 2017

21 May, 10.30am, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Young Art Lovers' Book List

To celebrate World Book Day (Sunday 23 April) the MCA Store and MCA Learning crew have teamed up to put together a selection of fun, inspiring and engaging titles sure to spark the imaginations of budding artists and creative thinkers. more

From the archives: Curious catalogue

Never judge a book by its cover? In this issue of our monthly archive series, MCA Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie, leafs through some unusual pages more

Girl On Film: Erin Coates

The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates gets in the driving seat for our April film experience more

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Collection Artist Interviews

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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


One of the MCA’s key programs, C3West is predicated on the belief that artists can bring unique value to situations beyond the gallery context. Through careful brokerage processes, C3West creates contexts in which artists work strategically with arts partners, businesses and non-arts government organisations across Greater Sydney. Since 2006 C3West has developed a range of partnerships with companies and communities in Penrith, Liverpool, Goulburn, Blacktown and Hurstville, aligning corporate social investment strategies with community development.

C3West places contemporary artists at the core of these projects – giving voice to local issues and collaborating with the business sector in new ways. Rather than passive sponsorship, our business partners work dynamically with us to define each project’s scope. Furthermore, the knowledge regarding key participant communities held by both arts and business partners constitute highly specialised bodies of research that are of great value to the commissioned artists.

C3West has established a leadership reputation for developing authentic and ethical partnerships with Western Sydney partners and communities, delivering uniquely creative and strategic outcomes.

In 2015, Crown Resorts Foundation awarded C3West with substantial ongoing project funding until 2019, allowing C3West to plan with certainty for the medium to long-term. This unprecedented funding security represents a new stage for C3West, considerably expanding the capacity of the program to undertake projects of significant scope and scale.

Senior Curator, C3West Anne Loxley – c3west [at] mca.com.au

Current and past projects

Civic Actions: Artists' Practices Beyond the Museum

March 2017

Expanding on the 2015 conference of the same name, this essential publication delves into crucial questions about the intersection of socially engaged and public art practices.

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Women of Fairfield

October 2016

Over two nights, four art projects created in collaboration with local women and community organisations were presented in public spaces in Fairfield, exploring how women navigate cultural, religious and social difference.

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Food Fight: The Battle For Food Security

April 2016

This major artist-led project raised awareness and stimulated conversations about a hidden issue: food security and access to affordable, fresh and nutritious food for everyone in Liverpool and South Western Sydney.

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Blacktown Native Institution Project

November 2014 –
November 2015

Over three events on this historic site, Aboriginal artists, community members and leaders came together to develop a vision for the future, share and collect stories, and create new artworks.

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Civic Actions: Artists' Practices Beyond the Museum

September 2015

This international conference focused on the intersection of social and public projects, and the possibilities of art practice in public space.

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Heather & Ivan Morison: Sleepers Awake

May 2014

For nine nights this luminous sculpture rose over Bungarribee, signalling the transformation of a vacant site in the Blacktown area of the Western Sydney Parklands.

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Michel Tuffery: Transforma

February – April 2014

New Zealand-based artist Michel Tuffery undertook a 7-week residency in Airds in South Western Sydney, aiming to raise awareness of the links between river health and behaviours such as arson, dumping and littering.

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Lara Thoms: Ultimate Vision - Monuments to Us

October 2012 – April 2013

Situated within a Hurstville shopping centre, Lara Thoms’ project questioned youth visibility and offered an alternative image of how teenagers might engage with these spaces.

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Garry Trinh: Within Walking Distance

October 2012 – January 2013

15 photographs taken by Garry Trinh during two months walking the 27-kilometre expanse of the Western Sydney Parklands were selected to be presented on billboards within the Parklands.

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Campement Urbain: The Future of Penrith/ Penrith of the Future

October 2011

After a 12-month period of community consultation and collaboration, the internationally renowned art collective Campement Urbain unveiled its vision for a Penrith of the future.

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Angelica Mesiti: The Begin-Again

April 2011

Mesiti’s night time art walk included four site-specific video installations and a live performance, which transformed the stories, concerns and anxieties of Hurstville’s residents into a celebration.

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Jeanne van Heeswijk: Talking Trash – personal relationships with waste

April 2010

Working with the communities of Goulburn and Liverpool, van Heeswijk’s project considered the personal nature of waste.

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Sylvie Blocher: What is Missing?

February – April 2010

What is Missing? focused on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the Penrith community through interviews which explored themes ranging from cultural identity and migration to issues of authority, masculinity and self-expression.

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Ash Keating: Activate 2750

February – March 2009

Keating reused waste dumped at SITA’s Davis Road Transfer Station to create a series of performative sculptures, intended to raise awareness about our relationship to the production of waste.

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Craig Walsh: Heads Up

September – October 2008

Partnering with renowned football club Penrith Panthers, Walsh used large-scale photographic portraits of both players and fans to explore the communal value of rugby league.

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Campement Urbain: The Future of Panthers/ Panthers of the Future

July 2008

Campement Urbain’s project gave voice to local Penrith residents, critically analysed urban space and made a number of utopian proposals for a major redevelopment.

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Hossein and Angela Valamanesh: Pat's Garden

October 2007

For C3West’s first project, artists Hossein and Angela Valamanesh worked with aged care patients near Liverpool to create an installation that considers the fragile nature of memory.

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