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Energies: Haines & Hinterding

25 Jun - 06 Sep


Aleks Danko

30 Jul - 18 Oct


Matthys Gerber

22 Sep - 06 Dec

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Dance, Theatre and Visual Art

20 Aug, 9.00am


Aleks Danko & Tom Polo: Masterclass for teachers

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


Exchange Series

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

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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

MCA’s first Oculus Rift artwork experience

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

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Volume One: MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection on display

Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections

On tour until October 2015


Watch our latest artist interview with Khaled Sabsabi


Welcome to Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists.

Located on one of the most beautiful sites in the world at Sydney’s Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia 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.

Architect Sam Marshall in association with the Government Architect’s Office has created a contemporary building that responds to its unique location and meets the needs of the Museum, bringing together old and new to create a context for engaging artists with audiences for the 21st century.

Focusing on the work of living artists, MCA Australia’s 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, the MCA program covers the range and diversity of contemporary art.

The MCA Collection contains over 4000 works by Australian artists that have been acquired since 1989. The Museum collects across 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.

The MCA offers a vibrant public program which connects a broad and diverse public with the work of living artists. This 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 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

MCA Site

The MCA building stands on land traditionally owned by the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. This site also marks the landing place of the First Fleet in 1788.

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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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Membership & Support

The MCA is a not for profit organisation. The generosity of individuals and corporate partners plays a vital role in our ability to achieve our goals and support Australian art and artists.

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News updates and posts from the MCA blog.

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