– Highlights


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb


Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events


Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

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


Art + Film

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


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

MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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

Press Releases – MCA Australia 25 celebrates years of contemporary art

Posted on Oct. 28, 2016
On November 11–13, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will throw open its doors and celebrate its 25th birthday with a three-day celebration free and open to all – its biggest public event to date.
The weekend will feature a wide range of artist talks and performances, tours of the MCA Collection led by kids, a spectacular cake, behind-the-scenes tours with architect Sam Marshall, a performance by Koomurri Aboriginal dancers, hands-on activities for all ages, naked tours with artist Stuart Ringholt, a lively debate exploring the museum of the future, special guest interviews in the twitter Blue Room and an exhibition looking back at 25 years of MCA archives – and a lot more.

MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, said: ‘The MCA has been on an extraordinary journey! I’d like to acknowledge the exceptional achievements of those who brought this amazing museum into being back in 1991 and all of those staff and supporters who have made it into the much loved institution it is today. This birthday weekend is a way for us to celebrate together 25 years of collaborating with wonderful artists from across the country and around the world; 25 years of inspiring Australians of all ages through contemporary art; 25 years of challenging us to see and think the world differently.’

‘This is also an opportunity to give back to the community and thank our many visitors, members, friends and supporters for their continuing trust and encouragement over the years,’ Macgregor continued.

Full program on www.mca.com.au/25 and #MCA25

Highlights include:

• Traditional smoking ceremony and performance with Koomurri Aboriginal Dancers, Friday 11 November, 10am

• Four new commissions by Lauren Brincat & Bree van Reyk (Molto Echo, 2016, Sunday 13 November 10.30–11.30am), Hossein Ghaemi (Passing Within & Singing for New Stars, 2016, Sunday 13 November, 11am–1pm and 2–4pm), Técha Noble (Janus Machina, 2016, Friday 11 November, 11.15am and Sunday 13 November, 4.15pm) and Jess Olivieri with Mish Grigor and Lizzie Thomson (Narrow but deep, 2016, Friday 11 November and Saturday 12 November 11.30am–1.30pm and 2.30–4.30pm).

• Alongside this, Lyndal Jones will revisit a seminal performance work, The Prediction Pieces, 1981–1991/2016, shown as part of our first wave of exhibitions in 1992 (Friday 11 November, 7pm, MCA Members get priority access).

• Artists in conversation: Tasmanian photographer Ricky Maynard will talk about his approach to documenting the histories of Indigenous communities (Friday 11 November, 1.30pm); MCA Collection artists Vernon Ah Kee, Lindy Lee, Todd McMillan, Julie Rrap, Lara Thoms and Justene Williams will share memorable stories about the role the MCA has played in their career (Friday 11 November 3.30pm and Saturday 12 November 11am).

• Self-taught Sydney baker and cake decorator Clifford Luu (Cakes By Cliff) is working with artists Nicole Barakat and Brook Morgan to create a spectacular birthday cake fit for the occasion. On Saturday 12 November at 12.30pm, visitors are invited for a sing-along and cake-cutting ceremony in presence of a special guest (free cake for 200 people, first in, best dressed).

• Meet the MCA: curators, installers, conservators, artist educators, designers. Join MCA staff behind the scenes and hear about some of our stories.

• Guided tours galore: meet the passionate MCA Guides over the three days for free spotlight tours. Join us for Bella Plus Connect tours led by people with access requirements or a disability and hear their perspectives on artworks in our Collection; an in-depth tour featuring important works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in our Collection; AN AUSLAN-interpreted tour; tours led by children aged 4 to 12 from the MCA Kids Committee and by MCA Young Guides, and an experimental walking tour with artist Lara Thoms and a group of young people who took part in our first online course and explored what happens in a ‘big institution’.

• Launch of the new MCA Collection handbook, in presence of many of the artists (Saturday 12 November afternoon).

• In Conversation: MCA Chair Simon Mordant AM with Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE (Saturday 12 November, 1.30pm, exclusive to MCA Members).

• Behind-the-scenes tours with architect Sam Marshall, who will take small groups of visitors behind the gallery walls and speak about designing the MCA’s 2012 spectacular redevelopment.

• Artist Stuart Ringholt will host two after-hours naked tours of the MCA Collection, an opportunity to enjoy looking at art without the barriers of clothes (Friday 11 November 6–8pm, Saturday 12 November 7–9am, followed by breakfast in the nude on the MCA Sculpture Terrace).

• Debate: Brave New Futures? Will art need museums in the future? Will the internet replace the need for museums? Will the white cube remain vital to how we display art? Will the museum become a storage house? Cast your vote and get ready to join this lively debate with Blak Douglas, Cherine Fahd, Matthys Gerber, MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Sarah Rodigari and Marcus Westbury (Sunday 13 November, 1.30–3.30pm).

MCA exhibitions open on the weekend: _Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything _(ticketed, presented as part of the Sydney International Art Series), MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday (free), Primavera 2016: Young Australian Artists (free) and Louise Hearman (free).


Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Claire Johnson / Myriam Conrie
02 9245 2417 / 2434