– Highlights


ARTBAR January 2018

Today, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb

– Learning Events


ARTBAR January 2018

Today, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA


Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

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


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean [Unplugged]

23 Jan, 6.00pm, Level 3: Galleries

– 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 announces supercharged 2017 ARTBAR lineup

Posted on Dec. 21, 2016
On the brink of the new year, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) announces the artists curating the first three editions of MCA ARTBAR in 2017. The supercharged lineup includes the Chinese-Australian perspective of Louise Zhang (Friday 27 January), interdisciplinary artist Reko Rennie (Friday 24 February) and the artistic duo Jess Johnson with Simon Ward (Friday 31 March).

In January, expect to experience Chinese New Year infused with horror at Zhang’s ARTBAR. In February, Rennie will work with artists that think about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in an urban setting. For March, Jess Johnson and Simon Ward are working together to create an end of the world party.

Not familiar with ARTBAR? It’s the MCA’s after dark event that continues to thrill up to one thousand people on the last Friday of every month through art, performances, live music and workshops. ARTBAR highlights from 2016 include: twerking workshops with Caroline Garcia, a carbonara cook-off with Dan Hong (Mr. Wong) and Mitch Orr (ACME), style makeovers with DC Style Fylez, freakshake workshops by Miss Sylvia Strokes, vaporized art by Lucien Alperstein and an emoji cake decorating class where punters could eat their own feelings.

On the 2017 ARTBAR lineup, MCA ARTBAR Coordinator Aileen Robalino commented: ‘Artists curating ARTBAR in 2017 are original thinkers who like pushing boundaries; be it through experimentation with medium, or challenging themes and ideas. This ensures each event is unique, keeping it exciting for ARTBAR visitors.’

MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE said: ‘Since 2012, MCA ARTBAR has offered Sydney-siders exciting late night cultural programming on the last Friday of each month. In 2017, ARTBAR will continue to encourage visitors to experience the Museum in new ways; and also to access current exhibitions after-hours.’

MCA ARTBAR curated by Louise Zhang
Friday 27 January, 7–11pm
– includes entry to Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything
Chinese-Australian artist Louise Zhang will curate a night entitled ‘New Years Rot’ on Friday 27 January. Navigating the space between attractive and repulsive, a quick look at Zhang’s Instagram profile is like a voyage through a melting candy store with a hint of horror.

For ARTBAR, Zhang will curate a night centered around her perspective of Chinese New Year infused with horror films. Recently returning from a residency in Beijing, another idea explored is diaspora – a word that describes the movement of a population from their homeland.

On the chosen theme, Zhang commented, ‘I love horror! Celebrating something dark can be alluring especially when explored in a topic like diaspora. The seriousness of this topic is often (and unfortunately) skimmed over rather than discussed.’

MCA ARTBAR curated by Reko Rennie
Friday 24 February, 7–11pm
– includes entry to Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything
Curating Friday 24 February is interdisciplinary artist Reko Rennie. Through his work Rennie explores his own Aboriginal identity through contemporary media. His powerful works that combine iconography for his Kamilaroi heritage with elements of graffiti. Many Sydney-siders will be familiar with Rennie’s City of Sydney public art installation Always was, always will be (2012) at the Taylor Square, Darlinghurst. This ARTBAR will provoke discussions on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and identity in an urban environment.

MCA ARTBAR curated by Jess Johnson and Simon Ward
Friday 31 March, 7–11pm
For the March edition of ARTBAR, artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward will turn the MCA into a Dead End Drive-In. Straight from New York and Melbourne respectively, the duo will be in Sydney to present works at Carriageworks for The National 2017: New Australian Art (opening 30 March) and then curate MCA ARTBAR on Friday 31 March. Visitors to ARTBAR can take shelter in a Forbidden Zone of Street Trash and be ready for a Body Melting experience as you step into the artists homage to post-apocalyptic films and DIY culture.

Further event details will be announced each month on the MCA ARTBAR Facebook page, newsletter and website.


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