– 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


ARTBAR January 2018

19 Jan, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA


Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

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


Art Baby

06 Feb, 12.30pm, 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

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Collection Artist Interviews

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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 and Sydney Airport partner to showcase new contemporary Australian art

Posted on Aug. 15, 2017
A bold new partnership between the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Sydney Airport will see the arrival of a large-scale contemporary art commission for the T1 International terminal’s Marketplace in 2018.

  • Landmark partnership between Sydney Airport and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
  • Australian artist to be commissioned to create a large, contemporary artwork for T1 International terminal
  • Part of Sydney Airport’s significant investment in performing and visual arts, extending Sydney’s vibrant arts culture to the airport

The commission will support an Australian artist to create a new work on a large-scale, creating a unique and memorable statement for passengers as they depart Australia.

Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said the work would build on the recent transformation of the terminal which now boasts soaring 17m high ceilings and floor length windows at T1’s Marketplace, located in the departures area.

‘We’re proud to announce this unique and exciting collaboration as we continue to strengthen our commitment to the arts, connecting the airport to Sydney’s vibrant arts culture,’ Ms Mather said.

‘The MCA is an iconic part of Sydney’s arts and cultural community and we look forward to drawing on their cutting edge expertise and network as part of this partnership.

‘Sydney Airport is proud to be nurturing and supporting local artists.’

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE welcomed the partnership.

‘The MCA is delighted to be working with Sydney Airport on this commission that will connect local and global audiences with the work of a leading contemporary Australian artist,’ Ms Macgregor said.

‘In addition to our wonderful collection and major exhibitions, the MCA has a significant commitment to supporting today’s artists and engaging with communities. This partnership with Sydney Airport allows us to reach beyond the one million visitors we get to the Museum every year.’

More than 42 million passengers travel through Sydney Airport, with about 15 million of those travelling through the T1 International terminal. The commissioned artwork will aim to capture the imagination of passengers as they prepare for their flight, providing a lasting impression ahead of their journey.

The commission will also form a striking addition to Sydney Airport’s very significant existing art collection, which is featured throughout and around the airport terminals.

Given the scale of the project, a number of leading Australian contemporary artists will be specially selected to submit a proposal for the project.

Representatives from the MCA and Sydney Airport will then assess the proposals before announcing the successful artist later this year.

The installation will be completed in 2018.


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

Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Director) and Kerrie Mather (Sydney Airport, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer)

Left to right: Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Director) and Kerrie Mather (Sydney Airport, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer), at Sydney Airport’s T1 International terminal, photograph: Anna Kučera