– Highlights

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Workshop

Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

Today, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

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Exhibition

Telling Tales

02 Jun - 09 Oct

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

Today, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Special Event

Women of Fairfield

07 Oct, 6.00pm

– News from inside the MCA

Please Touch: Tactile Tours for Families

Artist Educator, Brook Morgan gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the development of this new program for families. more

Interview with September film curator Adrian Martin

James Vaughan speaks to Australian arts critic and audiovisual artist Adrian Martin about the month of contemporary Portuguese cinema he has guest curated for the MCA more

Most Memorable: Young Ambassador art adventures

Founding and new members of our Young Ambassador program share their fondest event memories 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.

The MCA Collection

The Museum collects across all art forms with strong holdings in painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and moving image, as well as significant representation of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The Collection includes the MCA Contemporary Art Archive; a unique collection of material including artists’ publications, notebooks, music, scripts, letters, writings and drawings that represent a range of experimental practices and capture the ideas and working processes of today’s artists.

The MCA has important holdings of Indigenous art from Arnhem Land dating back to the 1950s including a collection that is held in trust with the community of Maningrida and The Arnott’s collection of bark paintings. A number of significant collections were donated to the museum by Loti and Victor Smorgon (1995), Henry Ergas (2009), Ann Lewis (2009) and Cathy and Andrew Cameron (2012). Following the founding of the MCA through the JW Power Bequest and with assistance from the New South Wales Government, the Museum continues to manage the Power Collection on behalf of the University of Sydney.

Following the reopening of the museum in 2012, when a significant proportion of gallery space was dedicated to the presentation of the collection, the Museum simultaneously embarked on a new MCA Collection Online initiative, supported by the Ian Potter Foundation. This growing resource includes in depth analysis of artworks, images, exhibition histories and biographical details. MCA Collection Online is a work in progress; an evolving resource that will over time represent many more of the Museum’s collecting highlights.



MCA Collection Online


JW Power Collection


Aboriginal Art Collections


Contemporary Art Archive


The Gift of Ann Lewis AO


The Loti and Victor Smorgon Collection of Contemporary Australian Art

Bark painting depicting a coiled serpent like figure in white and red ochres

Image: John Mawurndjul, Nialyod (Female rainbow serpent) 1988, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds donated by Mr and Mrs Jim Bain, 1989, Image courtesy and © the artist