– 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

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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Telling Tales: Kate Daw

Born 1965, Esperance, Western Australia
Lives and works Melbourne

Kate Daw has made text-based works on canvas since the early 1990s. Some explore the female voice in twentieth century literature, drawing on the writings of Katherine Mansfield and Zelda Fitzgerald. She types literary excerpts onto the canvas using a manual typewriter and sometimes juxtaposes them alongside text fragments drawn from mundane, everyday sources such as sales catalogues, inventories and recipe collections.

Recently, Daw has incorporated silk-screened wallpaper as a backdrop for her paintings in oil on canvas, which depict subjective themes including 1970s fabric patterning, perfume packaging and novel covers. Here, she has created new wallpaper featuring the image of a cherry blossom in soft evening shades of black and purple. A reverse, sketched pattern in white is presented on the opposite wall, made in collaboration with a young woman whom Daw has been mentoring. It forms a backdrop to Lee Mingwei’s work and invites conversations between artists and ideas.

<b>Kate Daw</b> <i>Grace (Sky, Tilmouth Wells, Cherry Blossom, Merricks)</i> 2016

Kate Daw Grace (Sky, Tilmouth Wells, Cherry Blossom, Merricks) 2016
Silkscreened ink on Indian Calico, repeat pattern installation for MCA, size variable