– Highlights

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

Kader Attia

12 Apr - 30 Jul

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Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

– Learning Events

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Special Event

ARTBAR June 2017

30 Jun, 7.00pm, MCA

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Talk

NAIDOC Week 2017

05 Jul, 5.30pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Event

Master Class For Teachers

09 Jul, 10.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

5 Years of ARTBAR

Roaming carrots, Hummer limos, tea ceremonies and bikes in the galleries. Five years proof that anything can happen at #MCAARTBAR more

MCA at the 2017 Venice Biennale

Canals, cats and curators. Clothilde Bullen reflects on the experience of attending the 2017 Venice Biennale on the occasion of Tracey Moffat’s Australian Pavilion. more

From the archives: Unconventional Materials

From the Archives is our blog series unearthing gems from the MCA’s archives, written by resident archivist Stephanie Ferrara 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: Phyllis Thomas

Born 1933, Riya, Western Australia
Lives and works Warmun, Western Australia
Gija language group, Nagarra skin group

Phyllis Thomas is a senior Gija artist from Warmun, located in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. She presents a major body of work made especially for Telling Tales. Gemerre and Purnululu (2015-16) comprises four paintings in ochre on canvas, all connected to form one long, continuous panel of imagery that is six meters in length.

The work is a scarification painting – a series of long white horizontal and vertical lines that map out initiation scars on the body and chest, punctuated by areas of pink with dotting. The paintings allude to the bodily ornamentation that goes with ceremony and, in this case initiation rites. They are not about a particular story but the act of storytelling itself, through the body and ritual.
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<b>Phyllis Thomas</b> <i>Gemerre and Purnululu</i> 2015-16

Phyllis Thomas Gemerre and Purnululu 2015-16