– Highlights

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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun

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Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

– Learning Events

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Tour

Art Baby

04 May, 10.30am, MCA

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Event

WORKSHOP FOR PRIMARY TEACHERS

12 May, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Event

MCA Zine Fair 2017

21 May, 10.30am, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Young Art Lovers' Book List

To celebrate World Book Day (Sunday 23 April) the MCA Store and MCA Learning crew have teamed up to put together a selection of fun, inspiring and engaging titles sure to spark the imaginations of budding artists and creative thinkers. more

From the archives: Curious catalogue

Never judge a book by its cover? In this issue of our monthly archive series, MCA Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie, leafs through some unusual pages more

Girl On Film: Erin Coates

The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates gets in the driving seat for our April film experience more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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

The Bella Room

Please note: The Bella Room is currently closed while we work on the 2017 Bella Room Commission. Check back here in mid-May when we reveal the next commission.
A multi-sensory and interactive artwork commissioned to engage and inspire people with disability or access needs to connect with contemporary art through sensory experiences.


For the current Bella Room commission, artist Kathy Temin has created The Koala Room, an immersive, cushioned landscape of green fur grass and trees against blue skies. This environment brings together numerous elements, including costuming, assemblage and performance, inviting visitors to explore cultural identity and actively participate in experiencing the work.

Participation and performance are central to The Koala Room. In early 2016, Temin auditioned people across a range of ages, needs and abilities to take part in her Koala Choir. Participants chose and performed a song with significance to their cultural identity, while wearing elements of Temin’s koala costumes. A selection from these auditions, and more to be held throughout 2016, are included within the artwork, encouraging and inspiring visitors to participate and perform within the space.

The Bella Room commission series invites an artist or artist group each year to realise an interactive artwork for people with access needs. Kathy Temin’s, The Koala Room is the fifth annual Bella Room commission. Previous Bella Room artists have been Emily Floyd, Hiromi Tango, Brown Council, and David Capra.

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.

Click here for more information on the Bella Room Commission.

Child wearing costume koala ears in the Bella Room

Students in The Koala Room, the 2016 Bella Room Commission. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Dan Boud.

Past Bella Room Commissions

David Capra Teena’s Bathtime 2015

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Brown Council Performance Art 2014

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Hiromi Tango Dance 2013

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Emily Floyd The Garden 2012

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