We believe that contemporary art and creativity can play an important role in anyone’s life and we also realise that not everyone will be able to physically visit us and experience our onsite programs. For schools and students there can be many barriers preventing their visiting us or other major contemporary art institutions including distance and economic factors.
Hello Big Institution is an online self-guided course for young people in years 8-11. Created in 2016 by Australian artist Lara Thoms, it allows participants to work from school or home and engage directly with Lara and the MCA Learning team.
The course runs over a four-week period, during which artist Lara Thoms and her past collaborator Kevin Duo Jin explore artist practices that work outside and around gallery spaces – engaging with the people, power, and place(s) that they are situated in.
2018 COURSE DATES
For classes led by a teacher
Term 2. Week 1 starts 7 May 2018
For individual students
Term 3. Week 1 starts 30 July 2018
A Digital Excursion is a live 2 way audio and video connection between a classroom and the MCA Learning studios. Each excursion is an interactive workshop run by Artist Educators
Digital Excursions or Virtual Excursions enable teachers to enrich classroom teaching without leaving their school, encountering artists and educators in programs designed to support students to develop their own relationship and responses to contemporary art and art making.
You can connect with us using your schools video conference system (Connected Classroom), Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom or Facetime.
For more info you might like to read a blog piece about the excursion program here.
See below for more information on our secondary and primary programs.
This (digital excursion) provided students the chance to really understand the conceptual framework and actually be part of it. I was so excited at the uniqueness of the experience and feel it is a way to ignite art teaching in rural and remote schools.
Abigail Sparks, Glen Innes High School, NSW 2015
Stages 2 – 3
Using a fun game show theme classes choose their own path encountering artworks and hands-on activities designed to build students creative muscles.View More
Stages 4 – 6
A unique offering to schools inviting students to experience a participatory artwork designed specifically for a remotely connected audience by artist Agatha Gothe-Snape.View More