– Highlights


Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov


Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Art Safari

25 Aug, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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ARTBAR August 2017

25 Aug, 7.00pm, MCA



23 Sep, 2.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. more

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We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. more

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Discover Primavera 2016 : Adelle Mills

Adelle Mills

Muscular System

A mirror neuron is one that fires in the same manner regardless of whether
we are performing an action, or watching that action being performed by another. The existence of mirror neurons has profound cognitive implications, suggesting that when we recognise a movement, our body enacts that movement on a neural level, connecting us with each other unconsciously. The body is, in effect, an echo chamber for that which surrounds us.

Across four large screens in Adelle Mills’ work, four performers
interpret a score. The score asks that each performer initiate a series of movements, which are then transmitted slowly and without strain from one
to the other.

Artist bio

Born 1987, Melbourne. Lives and works Melbourne

Melbourne-based artist Adelle Mills has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne which included a semester of exchange to the Glasgow School of Art. Mills also holds a Graduate Diploma of Arts in Australian Indigenous Studies from The University of Melbourne. Solo exhibitions include Family is a score, TCB art inc, Melbourne, 2016; Adelle Mills: 3 Day Exhibition, Laurel Doody, Los Angeles, 2015; Already Always, Flake, Melbourne, 2014; and selected group exhibitions include; Splash Back, 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville NSW 2204 AU, Sydney, 2016; Cold Like Concrete, ANU, Canberra 2016; NEW15, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2015; Transmission: Legacies of the Television Age, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2015; Steam Engine, Gloria Knight, Auckland, NZ 2014; Take No Lay Down, Slopes, Melbourne, 2014; and Loosely Speaking, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2013. Adelle is a Gertrude Contemporary 2015–17 studio artist, a recipient of the Marten Bequest for sculpture, 2015, a recipient two Australian Artist’s Grants from the National Association for the Visual Arts 2014/16, and was a 2013 recipient of the ArtStart grant from the Australia Council.

four people strike poses in separate panels of image

Adelle Mills Axiom of Maria 2016
With Brian Fuata, Rhiannon Newton, Cinnamon Templeton, Lizzie Thompson
four-channel HD video, 25.00 minutes, silent
Image courtesy and © the artist