– Highlights

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Exhibition

Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb

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Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb

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Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

25 Jan, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Screening

Art + Film

31 Jan, 6.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Event

Spoken Word Series

03 Feb, 1.00am, Throughout the MCA

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

We sat down with laughter connoisseur Shari Coventry from Sydney Laughter to discover the truth about laughter and why we need it ahead of this month’s Laughter Sessions. more

Coming up in 2018…

Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet. Find out what’s on. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. 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.

Press Releases – MCA unveils 2015 Bella Commission for students with specific needs, by Sydney artist David Capra

Posted on July 19, 2015
David Capra, Teena’s Bathtime, 2015

David Capra and his sausage dog Teena in the 2015 Bella Room Commission: David Capra, Teena’s Bathtime, 2015, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for the Jackson Bella Room, 2015, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Anna Kucera

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia has unveiled its fourth annual artist commission for the Bella Room, by Sydney-based artist David Capra. Each year a different artist is commissioned to create an interactive and multi-sensory artwork for people with specific needs, including physical, intellectual, behavioural and sensory disability. This work is part of MCA’s free and innovative Bella Program, created to inspire and engage people with specific needs to explore contemporary art and develop new skills through art-making experiences.

Teena’s Bathtime is a playful artwork that invites audiences to assist in giving Teena the artist’s sausage dog a bath. Because Teena doesn’t like baths, visitors are encouraged to help her through the process, using lullabies, storytelling and cuddles. Drawing on animal assisted therapies, the interactive installation encourages physical participation and exploration using multiple senses.

David Capra worked with filmmaker and artist Kate Blackmore to produce a 3-channel video, combining dreamlike, action-based sequences with documentary footage. In one segment, Teena and David visit the home of Dawn-joy Leong, who has autism, and her service greyhound Lucy. Through these episodic adventures, Capra explores issues of anxiety and care, as well as the experience of living with a disability.

MCA Bella Program Manager, Susannah Thorne said: 'David Capra’s Bella Room is an immersive and playful work created for people with specific needs that inspires all audiences to connect with Teena’s bath time fun and fears.’

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. Bella programs are free for all participants.

Led by MCA Artist Educators, each Bella program is tailored and responsive to individual group requirements. It includes gallery exploration, visiting the Bella Room (previous Commission artists include Emily Floyd, Hiromi Tango and Brown Council), and art-making activities in the creative and digital studios of the National Centre for Creative Learning.

The core Bella Program is available for children and young people with specific needs aged 5-18 years, whilst the Bella Plus Program has been developed for adults. Once a month, the Bella Plus Connect Program invites adults with specific needs, their families and support providers to explore contemporary art in a fun and participant led creative environment.

Born in 1982 in Sydney, David Capra lives and works in Sydney’s Western Suburbs. He describes himself as an ‘intercessory artist’, whose work takes the form of interventions into physical and social space designed to initiate healing. He works primarily in performance, relying on the public to contribute, direct and bring meaning to his projects.

He has worked on a number of curatorial and writing projects, including guest editing a recent issue of Das Superpaper focused on contemporary art and culture in Western Sydney. In 2013, he was awarded the Blake Prize Emerging Artist Award for Year of Jubilee (2013), a video work dealing with the ritual of banner waving.

The 2015 commission provided a unique opportunity to continue and develop the MCA’s relationship with Capra, who has worked for several years as an Artist Educator in the museum’s National Centre for Creative Learning. In 2013, he also participated in the MCA’ s performance season Workout with Throne room (Wizard of Oz Intercession) (2013).

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Media Contacts
Claire Johnson / Myriam Conrié
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
+61 (0)2 9245 2417 / +61 (0)2 9245 2434
claire.johnson@mca.com.au
myriam.conrie@mca.com.au

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