– Highlights

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MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun

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Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

– Learning Events

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Tour

Art Baby

04 May, 10.30am, MCA

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Event

WORKSHOP FOR PRIMARY TEACHERS

12 May, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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MCA Zine Fair 2017

21 May, 10.30am, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Young Art Lovers' Book List

To celebrate World Book Day (Sunday 23 April) the MCA Store and MCA Learning crew have teamed up to put together a selection of fun, inspiring and engaging titles sure to spark the imaginations of budding artists and creative thinkers. more

From the archives: Curious catalogue

Never judge a book by its cover? In this issue of our monthly archive series, MCA Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie, leafs through some unusual pages more

Girl On Film: Erin Coates

The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates gets in the driving seat for our April film experience more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Works from the 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.

Telling Tales: Mabel Juli

Born 1929, Barlinyin, Western Australia
Lives and works Warmun, Western Australia
Gija language group, Nyawurru skin group

Senior Gija woman Mabel Juli shows three large black ochre paintings that tell a story of forbidden love, represented by the moon and stars.
A narrative that resonates through history and across cultures, it tells of how society responds when someone loves the wrong person, and what the consequences are.
In the story, a young man rejects his betrothed bride and admits his love of her mother, a beautiful woman with long black hair who later transforms into a serpent called Dawool.
Driven out of his community, he climbs a hilltop and becomes Garnkiny (the moon), returning month after month for the rest of time. As he departs he angrily curses those who have denied him his true love: unlike him, he says, they will all eventually die, their bones bleaching for eternity in the desert.
MAP - WARMUN

<b>Mabel Juli</b> <i>Garnkiny doo Wardal</i>, 2016

Mabel Juli Garnkiny doo Wardal, 2016
Natural ochre and charcoal on canvas
150 × 150 cm