– Highlights

highlight
Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

highlight
Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

highlight
Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

– Learning Events

highlight
Event

Engaging Students with disability

18 Aug, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

highlight
Workshop

Art Safari

25 Aug, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

highlight
Special Event

ARTBAR August 2017

25 Aug, 7.00pm, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Claudia Nicholson's ARTBAR of love and devotion

July’s ARTBAR will see the MCA turned into an elaborate quinceañera by this month’s curator, Claudia Nicholson. more

#ConversationStarters: Have you ever made a decision based on fear?

We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. more

#ConversationStarters: What are you afraid of for the future?

We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

highlight
MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

highlight
Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

highlight
Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Telling Tales: Shirley Purdie

Born 1947, Gilban, Western Australia
Lives and works Warmun, Western Australia
Gija language group, Nangari skin group

Senior Gija woman Shirley Purdie presents a vast botanical encyclopedia comprising 72 individual paintings that document the bush tucker and medicinal plants of the East Kimberley. This body of work is a result of years of research, working with linguist Frances Kofod to document individual plant species and record their Gija, Latin and English names. Impressive in scale and beauty, it represents a means of preserving vital information and cultural memory for future generations.
MAP - WARMUN

<b>Shirley Purdie</b> <i>Goowoolem Gijam – Gija plants</i>, 2013-16

Shirley Purdie Goowoolem Gijam – Gija plants, 2013-16
Ochre on canvas
45 × 45 cm (72 panels)