– Highlights


Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov


Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

– Learning Events

Special Event

ARTBAR September 2017

29 Sep, 7.00pm, MCA


Art Safari

10 Oct, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning


Keynote lecture by Pipilotti Rist

05 Nov, 1.00pm, Level 6: Harbourside Room

– News from inside the MCA

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Laura Hindmarsh

Primavera 2017 artist Laura Hindmarsh shares six films ahead of her specially curated edition of Art + Film on Saturday 16 September. more

The Many Guises of Jenny Watson

We’ll take you through some of Watson’s many alter egos that are currently housed in our Level 3 Galleries. more

Fresh picks for Father's Day

Discover the gifts that will help you spoil your dad this Father’s Day. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Works from the MCA Collection

Collection Artist Interviews

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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

Learning Resources - Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy


On this page you will find tools and strategies to help you engage with the work of Jenny Watson, one of Australia’s most important painters. Watson’s work uses a deliberately child-like punk aesthetic and recurring symbolic motifs to explore ideas of autobiography, feminism and language. Step into Watson’s rich inner world through the activities and conversations featured below.

These resources could be used in conjunction with a visit to the exhibition Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy but also designed to be used by students anywhere, who can engage with Jenny Watson’s works and practices online.

These resources can be viewed online or downloaded and include activities, an Encounter slideshow and links to primary sources for use in the classroom or for self-guided learning. These activities can be done on their own or in combination and in any order.

For more information about MCA digital learning resources check our how-to page.

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self portrait painting by Jenny Watson on a purple background

Jenny Watson, Australian Artist of the 80s, 1987, Griffith University Art Collection, 1988. Image courtesy and © the artist and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Encounter Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy

Engage with themes and ideas from the exhibition Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy. View the Encounter directly in the browser or download the PowerPoint or PDF versions. Teachers notes are also available.

I turned from the observation of the outside world to the recording of an inner space… I wanted to shatter the techniques I had learnt… to let a random uncontrollableness take hold of the work.

Jenny Watson in Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2017, p.16

Primary Source Links

Different Versions of the Same Me

Create a series of quick drawings that imagine different versions of yourself.

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Pattern Recognition

In this activity, explore how patterns carry their own meaning and can change how we understand an image.

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A Likely Story

Playfully combine text and image to explore how words can change and create new meanings.

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DIY Subculture

Create your own visual language to tell the world who you are and start your own subculture.

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