Primavera is the MCA’s annual exhibition of young Australian artists aged 35 years and under. Since 1992, the Primavera series has showcased the works of artists in the early stages of their career, many of whom – such as Shaun Gladwell, Mikala Dwyer, Rebecca Baumann, Jonathan Jones and Jess Johnson – have gone on to exhibit nationally and internationally. In 2018, Primavera celebrates its 27th edition and is curated by Megan Robson.
Megan Robson is Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Her recent curatorial projects include Installation Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary (with Rachel Kent) (2017); Primavera at 25: MCA Collection (2016–17; touring nationally in 2017–18); Martu Art from the Far Western Desert (with Anna Davis) (2014) and New Acquisitions in Context (with Anna Davis) (2013).
Megan has also worked across a range of notable MCA exhibitions including solo projects with Aleks Danko, Runa Islam, Anish Kapoor, Christian Marclay, Tatsuo Miyajima and Annette Messager; as well as large-scale presentations such as New Romance: art and the posthuman and Marking Time. Previously she worked for a number of art organisations in Australia and the UK, including the Barbican Centre, London and the Biennale of Sydney.
Primavera was initiated in 1992 by Dr Edward Jackson AM, Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM and their family in memory of their daughter and sister
Belinda, a talented jeweller who died at the age of 29.
Curated by Megan Robson