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Screening

Art + Film

Today, 2.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

The National 2017

30 Mar - 18 Jun

– Learning Events

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Screening

Art + Film

Today, 2.00pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

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Special Event

ARTBAR March 2017

31 Mar, 7.00pm, MCA

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Conference

Educators conference: 6-7 April

06 Apr, 6.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

– News from inside the MCA

Art Escapades

Artist Educator Nicole Barakat talks about our new Art Escapades program for 3-5 year olds. more

Support Australian Design this International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day we’re shining the spotlight on a selection of talented independent, Australia women artists and designers currently stocked at MCA Store more

From the archives: February

Looking forward, looking back. This new monthly series explores MCA archives, penned by our very own Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie Ferrara. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

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: 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

Read Villawood: notes from an immigration detention centre in its entirety below