– 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: 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.

<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)