Join us for the launch of our 2017-18 Bella Room commission created by artist Kate Beynon! This commission is an artist created interactive and multi-sensory artwork which engages and inspires people with access needs to connect with contemporary art.
Wednesday 21 June, 2–4pm & 6–8pm
Creative Studios, Level 3
Drop-in throughout the day to take part in creative artmaking activities suitable for all ages, meet the artist and spend time with our Artist-Educators while you discover this new interactive artwork!
Using symbols inspired from Beynon’s work, make your own lucky charms, send a postcard to someone special and experiment with watercolours and stop animation video.
Schedule of events
2pm: Opening welcome by MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Mcgregor OBE
2.20–4pm: Make & Play: Artmaking activities inspired by the work of Kate Beynon
6–6.30pm: Meet the Artist: Kate Beynon shares insights into her new work during this informal artist talk
6.30–8pm: Make & Play: Artmaking activities inspired by the work of Kate Beynon
An Auslan interpreter will be available during this program between 2-4pm.
About the Bella Room
For the 2017 Bella Commission, Kate Beynon has created a space filled with good luck charms drawn from her mixed Chinese and Welsh heritage. Taking the form of soft sculptures, more than 500 charms line the walls of the Bella Room, featuring a series of 11 symbols with personal, spiritual and cultural significance, referring to Buddhist, Taoist and Celtic designs and beliefs. Visitors are invited to engage with the work by selecting, placing and rearranging the symbols – encouraging Bella participants to create patterns, messages and their own associations of meaning.
The Bella Program was established in 1993 through the generosity of MCA patrons, Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM, and the Jackson family, in memory of their late daughter and sister Belinda.
Image: Kate Beynon, Room of Lucky Charms, 2017, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for the Jackson Bella Room, 2017, image courtesy and © the artist