– Highlights


Primavera 2017

23 Aug - 19 Nov


Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

– Learning Events


Art Safari

27 Oct, 1.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

Special Event

ARTBAR October 2017

27 Oct, 7.00pm, MCA


Keynote lecture by Pipilotti Rist

05 Nov, 1.00pm, Level 6: Harbourside Room

– News from inside the MCA

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

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Laura Hindmarsh

Primavera 2017 artist Laura Hindmarsh shares six films ahead of her specially curated edition of Art + Film on Saturday 16 September. more

The Many Guises of Jenny Watson

We’ll take you through some of Watson’s many alter egos that are currently housed in our Level 3 Galleries. 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.


Vivid Sydney at the MCA 2017
– 26 May - 17 June

– When

26 May-17 June 2017

Vivid Opening Hours
MON-TUE: 10am-5pm
WED-SUN: 10am-9pm

– Where


Artists: Danny Rose with Julia Gorman

Warm up with art this winter as Vivid Sydney lights up and the MCA stays up late until 9pm Wednesday–Sunday during the festival.

The façade of the MCA will illuminate, morph and abstract as handmade artwork flows and wraps the entire building as Vivid Sydney takes over Sydney from 26 May until 17 June.

Organic Vibrations is a collaboration between Julia Gorman, an Australian artist whose work is currently on display in the MCA’s Inside/Out Room, and Paris-based production company, Danny Rose. Together, they create a single, coherent artwork from the constant morphing and mutation of a series of images.

This year’s installation, developed specifically for Vivid Sydney in collaboration with the MCA, draws inspiration from the shapes and colours of the natural world, and is seen as sinuous lines that appear to grow organically until they cover the art deco facade of the Museum.

The installation uses projection-mapping techniques to transform the façade with images originally made by the artist in watercolour, oils and marker pen. This flow of handmade images, synthesised with music, creates a multi-sensory experience as the audience follows a 10-minute animated sequence of colour, movement and emotion.

Perch on the Sculpture Terrace, wind down over a drink, grab a bite to eat at Graze MCA’s pop-up bar or at the MCA Café, and enjoy spectacular views of the colour drenched Sydney Harbour.

Get comfortable with the uncomfortable as Conversation Starters invites you to ask hard questions about the world today on the first weekend in June as part of Vivid Ideas.

MCA exhibitions on display are MCA Collection (ongoing), The National 2017: New Australian Art (30 March – 18 June) and Kader Attia (12 April – 30 July).


Opening hours during Vivid Sydney

Monday to Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Extended hours Graze MCA pop-up bar: open till late Monday to Sunday throughout Vivid Sydney (weather permitting)

*Hours will vary please check the website daily for dates & times


Mulled cider with gin and cinnamon, spicy hot chocolate, hot dumplings, lamb sausage rolls… Graze MCA spices things up during Vivid this year, with a selection of comforting winter drinks and gourmet bites to enjoy on our Circular Quay terrace, on the MCA lawn or on the go. The perfect pit stop to kick-start or conclude your Vivid lights walk!

Open late every evening during Vivid, weather permitting.

Functions & private hires are available

Limited availability remains for private hire, be quick!
Contact: venues@mca.com.au
Ph: +62 2 9245 2480


Road closures

Major roads in the Sydney CBD will be closed between Friday 26 May and Saturday 17 June, so leave the car at home!

Vivid Sydney Transport