– 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: SAFDAR AHMED & Refugee Art Project

born 1975 Liverpool, UK
Lives and works Sydney, Australia
Refugee Art Project founded in 2010

Many otherwise untold stories find expression through drawings and watercolours made by refugees at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney. Their art works are gathered together as part of the Refugee Art Project. Some works have been made using foodstuffs, including instant coffee mixed with water, due to a lack of access to art materials. Made by largely untrained artists, from a range of cultural backgrounds, the works constitute a collective platform from which to speak. They are also materially inventive.

Sydney artist Safdar Ahmed’s online graphic novel, Villawood: notes from an immigration detention centre (2015-16), contextualises the project and gives rare insight into daily life at the Centre, the experiences of its inhabitants and their stories. Also featured in this display are Ahmed’s sketchbooks, drawings, and various zines that he has made himself or with Refugee Art Project, which he co-founded in 2006.

Safdar Ahmed - Villawood: notes from an immigration detention centre

Safdar Ahmed – Villawood: notes from an immigration detention centre

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