Hosted 56 ARTBAR events.
Invited 68 guest artist curators. Some nights see multiple artists curating the night.
Watched 800 artists, musicians, and performers turn it on for ARTBAR.
2012 – Artist Justene Williams kicked off the very first ARTBAR as curator, and led a bumper year that included a lecture on food sustainability by Kylie Kwong as part of Nell’s ARTBAR, performers with bikes inside the MCA galleries as part of Shaun Gladwell’s ARTBAR, and an army of inflatable men by Lara Thoms as part of Eddie Sharpe’s turn at the ARTBAR helm.
2013 – Our second year included a troupe of ballerinas as part of Michaela Gleave’s ARTBAR, robots in the Museum created by Wade Marynowsky as part of Keg de Souza’s ARTBAR, and the first appearance of Richard Bell’s Blak Santa as part of Tony Albert’s November event.
2014 – Artist Justin Shoulder started the year off in a riot of colour, with an ARTBAR that included DJ sets by Paul Mac, and the always fabulous DJ Sveta. In 2014 we also hosted a cat cafe as part of the Pip and Pop curated ARTBAR, and finished the year off with a comedy set by Zoe Coombs Marr, performed as part of the Destiny Deacon curated ARTBAR.
2015 – In January artist Tom Polo turned ARTBAR into a birthday party, complete with clowns, and a dance off. Parkour performers scaled new heights at Karen Therese’s ARTBAR, and in June artist Mark Brown flew a drone inside the MCA as part of Dara Gill’s futurist ARTBAR.
2016 – Roaming carrots and unicorns as part of Rosie Deacon’s technicolour ARTBAR started 2016 with a plenty of quirk! We then welcomed Adriana Picker and Dr Cooper, who collaborated on a beautiful botanical drawing workshop as part of Kate Scardifield’s ARTBAR in April, and Megan Cope programmed an incredible group of artists as part of her event that included a weaving installation by Elisa Carmichael, spoken word performances by Lorna Munro, and the return of Richard Bell’s Blak Santa!
2017 – Hard to believe we are already in June, and already this year Louise Zhang transformed the MCA into a red-hued celebration of Chinese New Year, complete with pop up dumpling eatery by Josh Harle, a panel discussion on Indigenous arts today, led by Blakartsprojects David Hagger as part of Reko Rennie’s ARTBAR. Bhenji Ra placed the spotlight squarely on incredible performers Star Amerasu, Justin Shoulder and Koko Carey, when she rolled up to the MCA in her pink hummer.
Aileen has been at the MCA for almost ten years, Aileen started as a casual host, (then called VSO) and moved up to working as the Monday to Friday Team Leader. In this time Aileen also had roles in reception, and the deinstall team.
Aileen left the MCA in 2010 to head to New York to expand her work experiences, and came back in 2011 to head up the host team in the transition to the new building. Aileen has also had a secondment as the Visitor Experience Manager, Coordinator for the 2014 Ted X Youth event, before moving into her current role as ARTBAR Coordinator and Public Programs Assistant.