– Highlights

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Exhibition

Tatsuo Miyajima

03 Nov - 05 Mar

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

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Exhibition

Primavera at 25: MCA Collection

19 Dec - 19 Mar

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Understanding Mindfulness Workshop

25 Feb, 12.30pm, Level 2: Seminar Room

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Pop-Up Bar

Sakura Sundays

26 Feb, 3.00pm, Ground Floor: Outdoor Terrace

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Workshop

Contemporary Art Studio

09 Mar, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

Ode to typography: Interview with Will Lynes

Signwriter Will Lynes used traditional signwriting techniques to free-hand paint the text ‘Everything Else’ on this 17-metre long wall painting. Will muses on the emotive quality of typography and how he works. more

5 tips for applying for the MCA Zine Fair

Want to show your zine-work at the 2017 MCA Zine Fair? Here we share our tips for applying more

Louise Zhang's horror infused ARTBAR

Navigating the space between attractive and repulsive, Chinese-Australian artist Louise Zhang kicks off the ARTBAR year in suitable style with a night entitled ‘New Year’s Rot’. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

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.

Schools & Teachers

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Schools and Teachers

The MCA’s programs for students and teachers explore creative learning through contemporary art. Through gallery explorations, studio sessions, digital excursions and resources, talks and workshops, our learning experiences connect students and teachers with contemporary art and artists to encourage looking, thinking and creating in new ways.

Our programs are developed and delivered by a passionate team of Artist Educators, practicing artists who model the essential ingredients for creative learning in experiences for students and teachers – imagination, experimentation, collaboration, risk-taking, creative and critical thinking.

Central to our philosophy is the intention to ‘bring your own story’ to encounters with contemporary art, while generating fresh meaning through playful learning strategies, collaboration and exchange.

Our BOSTES accredited teacher programs and online resources support teachers to bring contemporary art into the classroom and share experiences with a diverse community of educators.

MCA Learning programs are constantly changing and evolving. Experience the power of creative learning through contemporary art – colour outside the lines with us today!

School students making artworks with help from an MCA Artist Educator

Artist Educator Sarah Milgate with students from Killara Public School, 2015, photo: Anna Kucera

— News

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Family wall labels are here

Our Collection galleries now display family wall labels, created in consultation with young MCA visitors more

Please Touch: Tactile Tours for Families

Artist Educator, Brook Morgan gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the development of this new program for families. more

Learning Resources in the Wild

MCA internship alumni Laura Barlow reflects on the process of using MCA developed digital learning resources in the classroom. more

MCA Kids Committee & Artist Educators In Conversation

MCA Kids Committee members Sasha, Alesandro, Riley, Siobhan, Kayla and Max interviewed some of the artists behind Junior Art School to learn more their practice. more

Hello 2016

School holidays might be over, but there’s lots to look forward to in Term 1 in Creative Learning at MCA. more

Building Confidence

Artist Educator Sue Salier reflects upon the certainty of youth in relation to our secondary workshop program Unpacking Unseen Images. more

Young, Arty & Free

Learn what it means to be a part of the MCA Youth Committee with members Jodie and Olivia. more

2016 student & teacher programs at the MCA – our picks!

Feeling overwhelmed by the different learning experiences on offer? Here are some of our top picks to help you navigate our 2016 learning programs and exhibitions! more

Training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

The Artist Educator team has been working closely with Keith Munro and Nadeena Dixon to develop our learning programs. more

MCA’s Georgia Close wins Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education

Announced in Glasgow overnight… more

Family wall labels are here

Our Collection galleries now display family wall labels, created in consultation with young MCA visitors more

Please Touch: Tactile Tours for Families

Artist Educator, Brook Morgan gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the development of this new program for families. more

Learning Resources in the Wild

MCA internship alumni Laura Barlow reflects on the process of using MCA developed digital learning resources in the classroom. more

MCA Kids Committee & Artist Educators In Conversation

MCA Kids Committee members Sasha, Alesandro, Riley, Siobhan, Kayla and Max interviewed some of the artists behind Junior Art School to learn more their practice. more

Hello 2016

School holidays might be over, but there’s lots to look forward to in Term 1 in Creative Learning at MCA. more

Building Confidence

Artist Educator Sue Salier reflects upon the certainty of youth in relation to our secondary workshop program Unpacking Unseen Images. more

Young, Arty & Free

Learn what it means to be a part of the MCA Youth Committee with members Jodie and Olivia. more

2016 student & teacher programs at the MCA – our picks!

Feeling overwhelmed by the different learning experiences on offer? Here are some of our top picks to help you navigate our 2016 learning programs and exhibitions! more

Training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

The Artist Educator team has been working closely with Keith Munro and Nadeena Dixon to develop our learning programs. more

MCA’s Georgia Close wins Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education

Announced in Glasgow overnight… more

Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything

Tatsuo Miyajima is one of Japan’s leading contemporary artists, known for his immersive and technologically-driven sculptures and installations. This Sydney-exclusive exhibition will be his first major survey exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, encompassing key works from the beginnings of his career to the present.

Central to his practice are numerical counters that count from 1 to 9 repeatedly using light-emitting diodes (LEDs), then go dark momentarily. For Miyajima, the cyclical repetition of numbers, along with the shift from light to dark, reflect the importance of time. He draws inspiration from Buddhist philosophy, with its exploration of mortality and human cycles of death and renewal.

Beat the lines and book your ticket online or become a member and enjoy unlimited entry to the exhibition.

Curated by MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent.

Book your visit today!

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Tatsuo Miyajima, Mega Death,

Tatsuo Miyajima, Mega Death, 1999, Installation view at the Japan Pavilion, 48th Venice Biennale. Image courtesy the artist and SCAI THE BATHHOUSE © the artist, Photograph: Shigeo Anzai

Primary Programs

Our primary programs combine playful gallery explorations with studio sessions, sparking creative and critical responses to contemporary art.

From experimental art-making to cross-curricular programs, or full day workshops with artists, our programs offer lively learning experiences that build confidence to engage with contemporary art.

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Secondary Programs

Our secondary programs offer a range of programs for students to make their own connections and develop new perspectives on contemporary art and artists.

School groups can explore the galleries in an exhibition in focus program, experiment with new art-making practices and join talks and workshops with guest artists and curators.

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Teacher Programs

Our BOSTES endorsed programs for teachers support primary, secondary and early learning teachers to develop creative learning experiences through contemporary art.

We offer a diverse programs of introductory workshops, forums, and opportunities to connect with artists and curators, as well as tailored sessions throughout the year.

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Digital Learning Programs

Connect to the MCA from anywhere in Australia for interactive workshops that connect students with the creative arts in real time.

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Bella: A program for students with disability or access requirements

Explore contemporary art, visit our multi-sensory Bella Room and develop new creative skills through art-making experiences in this free program for students with access requirements, including physical, intellectual, behavioural or sensory disability.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

Drawing on the MCA’s strong collection of work by contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, engage with contemporary Aboriginal art practice and gain a deeper understanding of the cultural context and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

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Early Learning Programs

Our programs for Early Learning groups combine playful encounters with artworks in the MCA galleries, with practical art-making sessions in our creative studios. We also offer tailor-made sessions and teacher professional learning opportunities for early childhood educators.

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What’s on in 2017

We’ve created an animated digital guide to all things MCA learning in 2017. Find out more about our philosophy and programs in our online experience featuring illustrations by Artist-Educator Stephanie Lade.

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Artist Interview Collection

Since 2005 the MCA has produced video interviews with artists in the MCA collection. The series covers more than 60 Australian artists with more are added each year making this resource one of the most comprehensive sources for information on contemporary Australian artists.

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School Subsidy Program

MCA Learning is working with a number of schools in low socio-economic areas in Greater Western Sydney to deepen engagement as part of the school subsidy program. Contact MCA Learning today to find out more. View More

Upcoming Events for Schools and Teachers

Don’t miss out on our upcoming program of workshops, educator exclusives, artist talks and digital excursions!

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Learning Resources

Access the MCA Learning Portal to discover a rich source of materials and resources designed to develop and support creative learning and engagement with contemporary art in the classroom.

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Visiting the MCA

Essential info to help you plan a visit for your school.

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