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Current Touring Exhibitions

Being Tiwi

About the exhibition

Being Tiwi brings together prints and paintings by nine artists from Australia’s Tiwi Islands. Located to the north of Darwin in the Northern Territory at the juncture of the Arafura and Timor seas, Bathurst and Melville islands are home to the Tiwi people – the fiercely independent, culturally unique, traditional owners of the land. ‘Tiwi’ loosely translates as ‘one people’, and island culture is characterised by a shared belief in the need to keep Tiwi customs alive.

The artworks in Being Tiwi highlight how contemporary ideas and visual forms connect to and express transformations in culture. Tiwi motifs and designs (known as Jilamara) draw on a range of influences, the most important being the body painting which accompanies two significant Tiwi ceremonies: Kulama, which celebrates life, and Pukumani, a complex funereal ritual.

Bridging the past and the present, Being Tiwi includes the first prints produced on the islands in 1969 along with work recently acquired for the MCA Collection and new work commissioned specifically for the show. From the intricate to the gestural, and using yellow, red and white ochres sourced from the islands’ environs, these artworks highlight the distinctiveness of Tiwi iconography.

Natasha Bullock, Senior Curator and Keith Munro, Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

Being Tiwi Learning Resources

Being Tiwi Digital Experience

Being Tiwi MCA Exhibition

Touring Dates & Locations

Artspace Mackay, QLD
March 18 – May 8, 2016

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, SA
November 18 2016 – January 22, 2017

Moree Plains Gallery, NSW
February 10 – March 13, 2017

Murray Art Museum Albury, NSW
April 28 – June 25, 2017

Glasshouse Port Macquarie, NSW
July 7 – September 3, 2017

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, WA
October 7 – December 16, 2017

This exhibition is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians

Energies: Haines & Hinterding

About the exhibition

Australian artists David Haines and Joyce Hinterding live and work in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Their collaborative practice incorporates experimental and traditional media to investigate Hinterding’s fascination with energetic forces and Haines’ attraction to the intersection of hallucination and the environment. Both artists are captivated by the unseen energies that surround us and seek to reveal them to audiences through their work. Science, the occult and philosophy are important elements of their research-based practice.

Haines and Hinterding’s art traverses many different areas and incorporates sound, installation, video, performance, sculpture, photography and drawing. This exhibition was the first comprehensive survey of their work and included a number of key collaborative projects, solo works by both artists, and a newly commissioned work.

A number of Haines and Hinterding’s recent works utilise computer game technologies. In these works they create immersive 3D environments for visitors to explore using simple bodily gestures as navigation. Geology (2015) commissioned by the MCA especially for this exhibition, expanded on these earlier works to create what the artists describe as ‘a virtual world that examines how culture interacts with chaotic forces’. Inspired by a research trip to the badly-damaged Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu in New Zealand after the devastating earthquake of February 2011, Geology had three distinct levels for visitors to discover. Haines & Hinterding describe Geology as a ‘speculative geography’ where ‘the imaginary is placed on the same footing with information from day to day reality’.

Curated by Anna Davis

Touring Dates & Locations

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand
November 25 2016 – March 5, 2017

Discover Energies: Haines & Hinterding

Louise Hearman

This exhibition is the first major museum survey of Australian painter Louise Hearman, featuring painting and drawings from across her more than 25-year practice.

The Melbourne-based artist is best known for her dark dream-like paintings where things are never quite as they seem. It is up to us to imagine what is glimmering in the half-light or lurking deep in the shadows, as the artist offers no written clues to the evocative contents of her works, which are nearly always left untitled.

Contemplative and obsessive in her approach, Hearman returns repeatedly to a number of motifs in her work – a child’s radiant face, the back of someone’s head, a glowing orb, a deserted road, an aeroplane gliding through a liquid sky, a phosphorescent sunset, a melancholic cloud, dogs, flowers, birds, cats and, perhaps most bizarrely, rows of shining teeth smiling at us. The luminous subjects of her portraits tend to float in a sea of blackness or abstract fields of colour, while her landscapes are often set at the edges of bush and suburbia, captured at twilight or dawn, their uncertain light spawning otherworldly forms and imbuing them with a supernatural quality.

Curated by Anna Davis

Touring Dates & Locations

TarraWarra Museum of Art, VIC
February 18 – May 14, 2017

QUT Art Museum, QLD
June 3 2017 – August 6, 2017

Learn more about Louise Hearman

Primavera at 25: MCA Collection

Primavera at 25 celebrates the silver jubilee of the MCA’s annual Primavera exhibition showcasing the work of young Australian artists.

An anniversary presents a moment for reflection, an opportunity in which to consider the past and contemplate the future. Taking this significant milestone as a departure point, Primavera at 25 brings together works by Primavera alumni artists that explore concepts of transformation, time and history.

A number of works in the exhibition, including artworks by Nell, Rebecca Baumann and Ross Manning, appear to transform in front of our eyes, spinning and turning, shimmering and sparkling, or shape shifting to create new forms.

Time is explored in artworks by Tim Silver and Emma White that mark set intervals or deliberately age. While artists including Sangeeta Sandrasegar and Heather Douglas draw upon personal and social memories in their works.

Elsewhere artists such as Pedro Wonaeamirri and Constanze Zikos consider our relationship to the past through works that employ motifs from the past, reflect on our cultural histories or reinterpret traditional designs using contemporary materials.

Curated by Megan Robson

Primavera at 25 Learning Resources

Primavera at 25 MCA Collection Online

Primavera at 25 Artist Interviews

Primavera at 25 Digital Experience

Touring Dates & Locations

Murray Art Museum Albury, NSW
April 28 – June 25, 2017

Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD
July 14 – September 3, 2017

Artspace Mackay, QLD
February 16 – May 13, 2018

Glasshouse Port Macquarie, NSW
June 15 – August 19, 2018

Western Plains Cultural Centre, NSW
August 31 – December 9, 2018

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Hilarie Mais

Hilarie Mais was born in the UK and lives and works in Sydney. Her work is characterised by a deep interest in the grid and its expressive possibilities. She makes abstract constructions and paintings that merge the formal structure of the grid with an interest in more organic forms found in nature.

Mais has been making work since the 1970s, influenced in part by her interest in the history of abstraction – in particular mid-20th century English constructivism, as well as later American minimalism including the work of Agnes Martin.

Mais’s work brings together formal geometry with biological and cellular structures to generate subtle visual experiences that are broadened expressively through the highly personalised application of paint. As such, the apparent formality of her works is undercut by emotional truth and underpinned by an organic and intimate sensibility, whilst the handmade quality of the works functions to personalise, even ‘feminise’ abstraction.

This exhibition brings together and presents a range of key works by Hilarie Mais made over the last decade.

Co-curated by Blair French and Manya Sellers.

Touring Dates & Locations

TarraWarra Museum of Art, VIC
24 February – 29 April, 2018

Drill Hall Gallery, ANU, ACT
7 June – 29 July, 2018

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