– 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

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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.

<b>Phyllis Thomas</b> <i>Gemerre and Purnululu</i> 2015-16

Phyllis Thomas Gemerre and Purnululu 2015-16