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Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov


Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

– Learning Events


Art Safari

27 Oct, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

Special Event

ARTBAR October 2017

27 Oct, 7.00pm, MCA


Keynote lecture by Pipilotti Rist

05 Nov, 1.00pm, Level 6: Harbourside Room

– News from inside the MCA

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

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Laura Hindmarsh

Primavera 2017 artist Laura Hindmarsh shares six films ahead of her specially curated edition of Art + Film on Saturday 16 September. more

The Many Guises of Jenny Watson

We’ll take you through some of Watson’s many alter egos that are currently housed in our Level 3 Galleries. 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.

Blog – Why MCA SOCIAL is hot

Posted on June 6, 2013 in Events.

MCA Young Ambassador Kristina Foster

Who I am

My name is Kristina Foster and I am a TV Commercial Producer. I have been a Young Ambassador for 2 years. I’ve always had a crush on contemporary art. But with all the busy-ness, I lost touch. I’ve really enjoyed rekindling my interest in art through the Young Ambassador program of studio visits, curatorial tours and private collection viewings.

What I am most looking forward to on the night

It’s one thing to go to a museum and enjoy a new exhibition, but how much better if the exhibition is paired with unique 'sets’ from performance artists and musicians, and an open bar, right? This is why I’m such a big fan of the Young Ambassadors program and why I’m really looking forward to MCA SOCIAL.

I’ve been to some killer museum parties while I was living in New York and to me, I think this is Sydney’s equivalent but without the fancypants element. It’s all for art and art for all.

To explain my sans fancypants comment, check out this hilarious website called 'The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator’: www.pixmaven.com/phrase_generator.html

Why I want to raise funds for Primavera, the MCA’s annual exhibition for artists aged 35 and under

'We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination’ – David Lynch

Young artists open our imaginations. They exist outside the approval matrix. They are outcasts that push life’s borders.

Primavera has 'aided and abetted’ the careers of many important Australian artists including David Griggs, Nell, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Michael Zavros, Shaun Gladwell and The Kingpins.

I want to see what’s next.

How I interpret the Cocktail Glamour dress code? What I will be wearing?

Vintage ivory Carla Zampatti dress. Romance Was Born rose print bomber jacket. I will also be donning my new amazing Givenchy timber and PVC heels. They look architecturally divine but are wincingly uncomfortable so they will probably be seen flung on the side of the dance floor by about 10.00pm.

What I will be talking about

Wangechi Mutu’s work. It’s luxurious, messy, beautiful and unsettling all at the same time.

Last year’s Primavera, and my favourite, Kate Mitchell’s arty nuttiness in My Life in Nuts, in which she represented every day of her life with a mound of 11,109 unshelled peanuts.

And probably a more in depth discussion with my single friends as to whether the cute guy in the bow tie, bidding in the silent auction for the private yacht trip, is straight or not.

Who I will be mingling with

Last year the rooftop was filled with diverse, cerebral people from all professions, from all walks of life. I love the fact that people involved with the Young Ambassador events enjoy talking to one another about their backgrounds, their interests, their experiences in and out of art. I have met so many new people who have given me a broader view of Sydney, particularly the art scene.

What the venue is like

Wallpaper view. Too good to be true.

What live performances I expect to see

This year, Melbourne’s word-of-mouth-band, synth-pop duo Client Liaison are on the line-up. I saw them at the Golden Plains festival with their wild – part Mad Max III, part Robert Downey Junior, Less Than Zero aesthetic and white-boy yacht-rock, dance electronica. Quite the thing.

I’m looking forward to experiencing some insane performance art. Last year, Liam Benson created a mesmerising set that had him needlepointing an Australian flag as his flowing wig was lifted in dramatic fan gusts like some kind of Mariah Carey music video.

What I most enjoyed about last year’s event

At last year’s Young Ambassadors party the MCA felt different. I love the fact that the MCA is a quiet, peaceful temple for the contemplation of contemporary art, but that night it transformed into a loud, young, decently drunk art house.

The colour I would choose to sum up MCA SOCIAL

White like a blank canvas in waiting.

The drink I would choose to sum up MCA SOCIAL

One of those puzzling, bespoke cocktails that you’re not really sure what’s gone into it but it tastes fresh and looks amazing.

The word I would use to sum up the Young Ambassador program


To find out more about MCA SOCIAL, visit the webpage or Facebook event

The Young Ambassador program is supported by Ray White

Posted by Kelly Stone

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