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Special Event

ARTBAR

Today, 7.00pm, MCA

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Exhibition

Energies: Haines & Hinterding

25 Jun - 06 Sep

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Exhibition

Aleks Danko

30 Jul - 18 Oct

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All Learning Programs

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Aleks Danko & Tom Polo: Masterclass for teachers

29 Aug, 10.00am, Creative Studios National Centre for Creative Learning

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Talk

Exchange Series

31 Aug, 11.00am, Creative Studios National Centre for Creative Learning

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Event

Genext:

06 Sep, 6.00pm, Throughout the MCA

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– News from inside the MCA

If these walls could talk | #AleksDanko

Ha-ha-ha-ha. Learn the meaning behind artist Aleks Danko’s Laughing Wall.... more

Digital Excursions; New Connections

Alex White reflects upon the newly launched program offerings and the possibilities these hold for students and teachers anywhere in Australia. more

Mug Shots

In preparation for the The Rocks Aroma Festival on July 26, MCA staff share some of the stories behind the mugs they use for their workplace beverages. more

View the Collection

Browse Collection

– Spotlights from the collection online

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Volume One: MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection on display

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Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections

On tour until October 2015

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ARTIST INTERVIEW

Watch our latest artist interview with Khaled Sabsabi

About the MCA

Welcome to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists.

Our vision is to engage audiences with contemporary art and ideas through the presentation of a diverse program of exhibitions and special events onsite and offsite. From major thematic exhibitions and surveys of established artists, solo exhibitions and artist projects, to new work by emerging artists, touring exhibitions and community led projects through C3West, we strive to cover the range and diversity of contemporary art.

Located on one of the most beautiful sites in the world at Sydney’s Circular Quay, the MCA opened to the public in 1991, reopening in 2012 following a major expansion. The redevelopment transformed the MCA, with spacious new galleries including an entire floor dedicated to its Collection; a new National Centre for Creative Learning ; public spaces that embrace one of the world’s most famous locations; and a series of site-specific artist commissions.

Our MCA Collection contains over 4000 works by Australian artists that have been acquired since 1989. The collection spans all art forms with strong holdings in painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and moving image, as well as significant representation of works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

We offer a vibrant public program which includes practical and theoretical programs for schools, creative programs for children and families, social and cultural events for young people, and major public lectures themed around MCA exhibitions and contemporary issues in the visual arts, design, architecture or film.

The Museum was established by the University of Sydney through the J.W. Power Bequest with the assistance of the New South Wales Government, and is now an independent organisation with a board of Directors. The MCA is a not for profit organisation, raising over 70% of its revenue from non-governmental sources.

Brook Andrew Warrang 2012

Brook Andrew Warrang, 2012, installation view, MCA Forecourt, image courtesy and © the artist

MCA launches its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy

The MCA is located on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. The site, which is now called The Rocks, is known as Tallawoladah. The MCA recognises the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the traditional owners and ongoing custodians of the lands and waters upon which the MCA is situated.

The MCA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy aligns the work of the MCA in regards to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts with the external environment. This includes national and international Indigenous priorities and principles relating to Indigenous art and culture. This policy aims to define the intentions of the MCA in relation to its commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and align its work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts with the broader values and goals of the organisation.

View the MCA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy document

More about MCA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs

Meet our team

Meet MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, senior leadership, and our curatorial team. Meet our Chairman, the MCA Board, and view current and previous annual reports.

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MCA Collection

The MCA Collection contains over 4000 works by Australian artists acquired since 1989. Our Collection Online presents over 100 artworks including biographical details of artists.

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Jobs & Opportunities

Passionate about contemporary art? See current paid and volunteer opportunities to get involved at MCA.

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Hire one of our venues

Ideal for cocktail parties, private dinners and beautiful weddings, the MCA’s venues can be transformed to create just the right look for your event.

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If these walls could talk | #AleksDanko

Ha-ha-ha-ha. Learn the meaning behind artist Aleks Danko’s Laughing Wall.... more

Digital Excursions; New Connections

Alex White reflects upon the newly launched program offerings and the possibilities these hold for students and teachers anywhere in Australia. more

Let's all take a moment to get to know Renny Kodgers

How you doin’ Renny, The Kodge-master? Well this certainly is a daunting task for ARTBAR, quizzing a quiz master, here goes. more

Mug Shots

In preparation for the The Rocks Aroma Festival on July 26, MCA staff share some of the stories behind the mugs they use for their workplace beverages. more

MCA’s first Oculus Rift artwork experience

Don’t have enough (real) space to install artworks in? Why not make some virtual space! more

Teena meets Bella

David Capra is the 2015 Bella commission artist and to celebrate the installation of his new work Teena’s Bathtime, we held a very special open day. more

What we've been reading: June

MCA’s curatorial & digital team share links to articles and websites that have inspired them during June. more

Anna Davis on Energies: Haines & Hinterding

Curator, Anna Davis, has been working closely with David Haines and Joyce Hinterding in the lead up to their solo exhbition at the MCA. more

Welcome to Light Lab!

Welcome to Light Lab, the MCA’s fun free activity space created in conjunction with the exhibition Light Show. Situated in the foyer of the National Centre for Creative Learning it’s open weekends and selected evenings during vivid. more

Venice Biennale insights with Simon Mordant

Simon Mordant AM, chairman of the MCA board, Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale and driving force behind the new Australian Pavilion by architects Denton Corker Marshall, talks to us exclusively from Venice. more

If these walls could talk | #AleksDanko

Ha-ha-ha-ha. Learn the meaning behind artist Aleks Danko’s Laughing Wall.... more

Digital Excursions; New Connections

Alex White reflects upon the newly launched program offerings and the possibilities these hold for students and teachers anywhere in Australia. more

Let's all take a moment to get to know Renny Kodgers

How you doin’ Renny, The Kodge-master? Well this certainly is a daunting task for ARTBAR, quizzing a quiz master, here goes. more

Mug Shots

In preparation for the The Rocks Aroma Festival on July 26, MCA staff share some of the stories behind the mugs they use for their workplace beverages. more

MCA’s first Oculus Rift artwork experience

Don’t have enough (real) space to install artworks in? Why not make some virtual space! more

Teena meets Bella

David Capra is the 2015 Bella commission artist and to celebrate the installation of his new work Teena’s Bathtime, we held a very special open day. more

What we've been reading: June

MCA’s curatorial & digital team share links to articles and websites that have inspired them during June. more

Anna Davis on Energies: Haines & Hinterding

Curator, Anna Davis, has been working closely with David Haines and Joyce Hinterding in the lead up to their solo exhbition at the MCA. more

Welcome to Light Lab!

Welcome to Light Lab, the MCA’s fun free activity space created in conjunction with the exhibition Light Show. Situated in the foyer of the National Centre for Creative Learning it’s open weekends and selected evenings during vivid. more

Venice Biennale insights with Simon Mordant

Simon Mordant AM, chairman of the MCA board, Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale and driving force behind the new Australian Pavilion by architects Denton Corker Marshall, talks to us exclusively from Venice. more