– Highlights

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

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Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

– Learning Events

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Event

Engaging Students with disability

18 Aug, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Workshop

Art Safari

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

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Special Event

ARTBAR August 2017

25 Aug, 7.00pm, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Claudia Nicholson's ARTBAR of love and devotion

July’s ARTBAR will see the MCA turned into an elaborate quinceañera by this month’s curator, Claudia Nicholson. more

#ConversationStarters: Have you ever made a decision based on fear?

We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. more

#ConversationStarters: What are you afraid of for the future?

We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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

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