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Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb


Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

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ARTBAR January 2018

19 Jan, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA


Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

23 Jan, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning


Art Baby

06 Feb, 12.30pm, MCA

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The Importance of Laughter

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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

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Blog – Meeting Jumaadi: MCA Kids Committee

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Amanda Palmer in Artist and curator Interviews.

Kids aged between five and twelve are invited to work with practicing artists Jumaadi, Athena Cabot and Stephanie Lade during our July Junior Art School program.
MCA Kids Committee members Siobhan (9 years) Sophie (9 years), Riley (6 years) and Max (4 years) came up with a few curly questions for our Junior Art School artists. Read all about Siobhan’s insights into Jumaadi’s performance The Life and Death of a Shadow:

MCA Kids committee member Siobhan meets Australian-Indonesian artist Jumaadi

Last Sunday my mum and I went to the MCA for a performance and to meet the person who made it, Jumaadi. I didn’t know what to expect. We managed to get through the storm that had hit Sydney. We walked through the exhibition, Telling Tales – Excursions in Narrative Form, that Jumaadi is part of. I had seen Jumaadi’s art online before but never in real life and the shadow puppets are very interesting and colourful when you see them up close. Before the performance I interviewed Jumaadi and asked him a few questions. He told me that he draws his stories instead of writing them and the sounds in the music tell him what he is up to. While we were talking one of the musicians was warming up in the room next door. His show is not the same as traditional Indonesian shadow plays. The performance is full of sounds and pictures which makes it quite magical and mysterious. I really liked his puppets in the show because they were very delicate and well-constructed. Though Jumaadi says that you can make shadow puppets just from ripping paper into shapes and use a torch to cast a silhouette onto a sheet. I think kids (and maybe their parents) will walk away from this show with inspiration to make shadow puppets at home.

Next blog post, MCA Kids Committee members throw some curly questions at Stephanie and Athena. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Jumaadi, Athena and Stephanie at Junior Art School yourself.

Junior Art School
Jumaadi: The Life and Death of a Shadow
Mon 11 & Tue 12 July, 10.30am – 12.30pm & 2–4pm
$45 per child/ $36 Members & Concession
Bookings required
Ages 5–12
Accompanying adults FREE
Bookings here

Check out the full Junior Art School program here

Jumaadi and Siobhan

Siobhan interviewing Jumaadi before his performance on 5 June

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Amanda Palmer
– National Centre for Creative Learning Coordinator

Before coming to the MCA in 2011, Amanda could be found developing and delivering family programs at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. In her current role Amanda works with practicing artists to create engaging programs and resources that connect young children with contemporary art, culture and ideas via creative learning strategies that encourage experimentation and collaboration. Amanda was born in Sydney where she has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Teaching and Graduate Certificate in Art Administration.

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