My favourite event in the past year has been ‘The Art Fair Crawl’. It was an incredibly comprehensive exposure to art – from meeting emerging artists in and around Australia, to walking through exhibitions by renowned galleries the world over in Sydney Contemporary at Carriageworks. The experience became especially memorable when, as a surprise, we were chauffeured in between the two events in Maserati demos. The MCA Young Ambassador program always delivers unique and memorable, exclusive yet inclusive events that will satisfy anyone with a keen interest in modern and contemporary art.’
One of my fondest memories was when a group of us went to Tasmania to visit MONA. It was a weekend that had it all – incredible art, amazing food and drink and wonderful company. For some of us it was our first time to Tasmania which made is even more special. The weekend centred around a trip to MONA, where we spent all of Saturday wandering around the gallery, we ended with a wine and cheese tasting before heading back to a fantastic dinner with artists and curators. We had some free time to explore the city on the Sunday before heading home. It was a perfect weekend away spent with people who share an interest and passion for contemporary art – which made it so much more rewarding. This weekend still resonates all these years later.
My most memorable Young Ambassador event has been the first MCA Social in 2012, where I was asked to call the live Auction on the night. The opportunity allowed me to develop my auctioneer skills, surrounded by my friends and peers in the spectacular location of the MCA terrace. This fun and memorable experience set a really great vibe and tone for me to enjoy the great party that is the MCA Social!
The most memorable Young Ambassador event I have attended was the very first event I went to! The Young Ambassadors were invited to a high tea and a private viewing of Tracey Emin’s work at Amanda Love’s house. As a contemporary art nerd, meeting Tracey Emin in person, and hearing her talk about her art practice was a pretty incredible experience! At the time I remember thinking that it was going to be hard for the MCA Young Ambassador program to beat that first event, but somehow they have always managed to – with some of my other favourite events including the time that we visited Gene and Brian Sherman’s private collection and the walking tour of Sydney’s public art gems with Barbara Flynn.
My favourite of the Young Ambassadors events that I have attended was probably the behind the scenes night for New Romance: art and the posthuman and listening to Curator, Anna Davis take us through the exhibition. Though I had seen it before it was wonderful to hear her perspective in such an intimate setting. That same night we heard from Hayden Fowler and Wade Marynowsky, and for someone who is quite new to the art world it is such an amazing opportunity to learn directly from the artists about their practice.
MCA Young Ambassadors is a supporter program which is exclusively available to those aged 18 to 40, and is supported by Ray White. Young Ambassadors enjoy a dynamic program of behind-the-scenes art-based events at the MCA and other venues across Australia, while supporting the Museum’s work philanthropically.
Originally from Ireland, Ciara has been the Supporter Engagement Manager at the MCA for one year and previously the Visitor Experience Manager. She caught the visual arts bug early, with an undergraduate education in Fine Art specialising in sculpture followed by a degree in production design and later a Masters in cultural policy and arts management. This has led to a fulfilling career in the arts over more than ten years. Before Ciara came to MCA she held positions in the Irish Arts Council, The Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin, and the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin.