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Screening

Art + Film

Today, 2.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun

– Learning Events

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Screening

Art + Film

Today, 2.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Special Event

ARTBAR March 2017

31 Mar, 7.00pm, MCA

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Conference

Educators conference: 6-7 April

06 Apr, 6.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

Art Escapades

Artist Educator Nicole Barakat talks about our new Art Escapades program for 3-5 year olds. more

Support Australian Design this International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day we’re shining the spotlight on a selection of talented independent, Australia women artists and designers currently stocked at MCA Store more

From the archives: February

Looking forward, looking back. This new monthly series explores MCA archives, penned by our very own Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie Ferrara. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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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.

MCA Collection

The MCA Collection contains over 4000 works by Australian artists that have been acquired since 1989. The Museum collects across all art forms with strong holdings in painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and moving image, as well as significant representation of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The Collection includes the MCA Contemporary Art Archive; a unique collection of material including artists’ publications, notebooks, music, scripts, letters, writings and drawings that represent a range of experimental practices and capture the ideas and working processes of today’s artists.

The MCA has important holdings of Indigenous art from Arnhem Land dating back to the 1950s including a collection that is held in trust with the community of Maningrida and The Arnott’s collection of bark paintings. A number of significant collections were donated to the museum by Loti and Victor Smorgon (1995), Henry Ergas (2009), Ann Lewis (2009) and Cathy and Andrew Cameron (2012). Following the founding of the MCA through the JW Power Bequest and with assistance from the New South Wales Government, the Museum continues to manage the Power Collection on behalf of the University of Sydney.

Following the reopening of the museum in 2012, when a significant proportion of gallery space was dedicated to the presentation of the collection, the Museum simultaneously embarked on a new MCA Collection Online initiative, supported by the Ian Potter Foundation. This growing resource includes in depth analysis of artworks, images, exhibition histories and biographical details.

MCA Collection Online is a work in progress; an evolving resource that will over time represent many more of the Museum’s collecting highlights.

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MCA Collection: Primavera at 25

Celebrating 25 Years of Primavera: Young Australian Artists Primavera at 25: MCA Collection celebrates the silver jubilee of the MCA’s annual Primavera exhibition showcasing the work of young Australian artists.

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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

Drawn entirely from the Museum’s Collection, Today Tomorrow Yesterday considers the impact of the past and the influence of history on artistic practice today.

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On Display

Works from the MCA Collection On Display

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On Tour

Works from the MCA Collection On Tour

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngawarrye carved out a deserved reputation as one of Australia's most important artists.

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Hayden Fowler

Hayden Fowler investigates our interactions with the natural world and how we define ourselves with regard to nature.

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Emma White

Emma White's works experiment with contrasting value systems: precious and worthless, purposeful and redundant.

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Hossein Valamanesh

Valamanesh is a visual artist who works with different media from installation to sculpture, painting and collage.

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– Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

The MCA has been exhibiting the work of Australian and international artists since 1991. Find out more about exhibitions we have held over the last decade.

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Touring Exhibitions

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Artist Commissions

The MCA has an ongoing series of commissions throughout its building. Find out more about current and previous commissions.

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C3West

C3West is a long term program which creates situations for artists to work strategically with business, non-arts government organisations, and communities in Greater Sydney.

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