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Grayson Perry

10 Dec - 01 May


Primavera 2015

22 Sep - 06 Dec


Matthys Gerber

22 Sep - 06 Dec

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06 Dec, 6.00pm, Throughout the MCA


Contemporary Art Studio

31 Mar, 10.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning


Creativity in the Primary Classroom 2016

20 May, 9.00am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Six film sub-genres you didn’t know existed

Film archive legends Jay Katz and Miss Death enlighten us more

Getting Real (Time)

Artist Educator Stephanie Lade reflects on the process of creating a new learning program designed to open up experimental media processes to Primary and Secondary students. 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


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Contemporary Art Archive

The Contemporary Art Archive (CAA), a unique and important part of the MCA’s Collection. The archive gives attention to experimental, ephemeral, performative and investigative art practices through the acquisition of lesser known aspects of artists’ activities. It includes material such as artists’ books, films, publications, broadsheets, notebooks, diaries, objects, photographs, experimental music (records/cassettes/texts), collages, scripts, letters, writings and drawings, as well as other works of art. It has been developed through purchases and thanks to the extraordinary generosity of a number of artists. Objects from the CAA are displayed in exhibitions and sometimes in CAA-specific displays in the galleries.

“The CAA exists as a unique and highly valuable resource for artists, curators, writers and viewers alike. No other institution in Australia has initiated or developed a collection that seeks to delineate and make accessible the complexity of contemporary artistic practice through the non-hierarchical acquisition of artists’ materials. The CAA’s early focus on a period of art that was grounded in the performative, ephemeral and post-object also means it is a invaluable resource that gives tangible form to the thinking, processes and realisation of this period; a period which continues to influence new generations of artists and thinkers.”

- Hannah Matthews, from the publication Volume One: MCA Collection, published 2012 by the Museum of Contemporary Art

All images courtesy and © the artists