– Highlights

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Exhibition

Pipilotti Rist: Sip my ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb

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Exhibition

Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb

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Exhibition

Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Laughter Sessions

16 Dec, 2.00pm, Level 3: Creative Studios in NCCL

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Event

ARTBAR January 2018

19 Jan, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA

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Tour

Art Baby

06 Feb, 12.30pm, 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.

Women of Fairfield

7 OCTOBER – 8 OCTOBER 2016
FAIRFIELD

Women of Fairfield

Zoe Scoglio, In The Round, 2016, performance documentation, Fairfield, NSW, co-commissioned by C3West on behalf of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield, and the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), image courtesy and © the artist

Over two nights, four art projects by leading contemporary artists in collaboration with over 100 local women and 12 local women’s community organisations were presented in public spaces in Fairfield City, exploring how women navigate and experience these environments.

Women of Fairfield was a collaboration between Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield (PYT), NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) through its C3West program. It was supported by Fairfield City Council, Raine & Horne Cabramatta and Fairfield Chase. Women of Fairfield was co-curated by Karen Therese (Artistic Director, PYT) and Anne Loxley (Senior Curator, C3West), and facilitated by Jiva Parthipan (Director of Community Cultural Development, STARTTS)

Each artist worked with the diverse communities of Fairfield to create artworks which celebrated and reflected on the experiences of women, both locally and internationally. The project explored and embraced the complexities of being a woman in Fairfield – a community that experiences profound religious, cultural and social differences. Women of Fairfield was the first contemporary public art project of this nature in Fairfield.

As visitors experienced the program of artworks, they were encouraged to sample Fairfield’s extraordinary restaurants, bakeries and grocers.

Women of Fairfield artists

Women of Fairfield artists, left to right: Kate Blackmore, Jade Muratore, Claudia Nicholson, Nat Randall, Emily O’Connor, Maria Tran, and Zoe Scoglio, photograph: Anna Kučera

VIDEO: Women of Fairfield

Fairfield’s streets came alive with Assyrian wedding dancers, while cars decorated by Khmer, Iraqi and Aboriginal women did laps blaring music. South and Central American performers sang and danced in a food court, disrupting a polychromatic sawdust carpet, as martial artists took over a carpark to an explosive soundtrack. Each artist worked with local women to explore the complexities of navigating public space and cultural identity in Fairfield. The project artists were Kate Blackmore, Hissy Fit & Maria Tran, Claudia and Zoe Scoglio. It was co-commissioned by C3West (MCA), Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield, and STARTTS.

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