At the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, we believe that art is for everyone. We work to connect people of all ages, including students and teachers, children, young people and families, and adults and their support networks with disability and access requirements with contemporary art. The MCA is focused on creating opportunities for everyone to see, experience, understand and create art through our access programs.
All of our creative learning and access programs are delivered in our wonderful creative space known as the National Centre for Creative Learning (NCCL) by our team of Artist Educators; practicing artists who bring a wealth of skills and ideas to everything they do.
Central to the MCA’s commitment to access is Bella. Since beginning in 1993, Bella at the MCA has developed to include an annual commission series known as The Bella Room, and a suite of programs and events that respond to the diversity of people accessing Creative Learning programs. Bella welcomes all people with disability or access requirements, including but not limited to physical, sensory, neurological, intellectual and learning disability and mental health conditions.
Working with the belief that art is for everyone, all Bella and accessible programs are tailored by MCA Artist Educators, and every program delivered is responsive to the access needs of the people participating.
A recent initiative – Bella Extension – offers an additional Artist Educator to provide tailored support to people with disability or access requirements who wish to attend any event at the MCA with their friends, learning group or family.
The MCA 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.
These places that are available now, whereas 30 years ago it wasn’t around, for disabilities and that, it’s really good to have activities like this to go to.
Dave, Bella Plus participant, 2015