– Highlights


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb


Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events


Art + Film

16 Dec, 2.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre


Laughter Sessions

16 Dec, 2.00pm, Level 3: Creative Studios in NCCL


ARTBAR January 2018

19 Jan, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

We sat down with laughter connoisseur Shari Coventry from Sydney Laughter to discover the truth about laughter and why we need it ahead of this month’s Laughter Sessions. more

Coming up in 2018…

Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet. Find out what’s on. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.


Why Painting?
– Jacqueline Millner

Explore the recent history, current state and the possible futures of painting in this series of talks.

Painting Matters: materiality, embodiment and contemporary painting

Jacqueline Millner
(Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney)

Far from having exited the scene in the post-medium age, painting remains a key aspect of museum collections, commercial gallery stock, and artistic practice. But expectations of painting have been changing in our current times of promiscuous knowledge and image exhaustion. By considering how painting has been contextualised in certain recent international exhibitions, Jacqueline Millner draws out some of the distinctive features and strategies of contemporary painting.

Dr Jacqueline Millner is Associate Dean, Research at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, where she also lectures on contemporary art theory and history. She has published widely on contemporary Australian and international art in key anthologies, journals and catalogues of national and international institutions. She co-convenes the research group Contemporary Art and Feminism at the University of Sydney.

Thurs 8 October

FREE, bookings essential
Veolia Lecture Theatre

Presented in association with Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney

More talks in this series:

Saturday 26 September 2–3.30pm: Really Post-Critical Rex Butler (Monash University)

Saturday 31 October 2–3.30pm: Leonhard Emmerling (Goethe Institut, Delhi)

Image Credit: Lucy Parahkina

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– When

8 October 2015, 6:30-8:00pm

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