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Young Guides

Today, 1.00pm, Cockatoo Island

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Energies: Haines & Hinterding

25 Jun - 06 Sep

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Aleks Danko

30 Jul - 18 Oct

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Dance, Theatre and Visual Art

20 Aug, 9.00am

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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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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

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Volume One: MCA Collection

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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

Brian Blanchflower

b.1939 :

Born in Brighton, England, in a Sussex downland environment, Brian Blanchflower has had a strong affinity with nature since childhood. During the late 1950s he studied at Brighton College of Art, a very traditional art school with no art theory, and almost no art history. His first major painting, The Four Squares (Red, Yellow, Blue, Black) was made in 1965.

In 1970, while living in London, Blanchflower married an Australian and in 1972 they came to Western Australia by sea. Frequent trips to the south coast of Western Australia and to the salt-lake region north-east of Perth formed the basis for many works throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Since then his work has become increasingly more abstract.

Music has been a constant source of inspiration for Blanchflower as well as an intellectual and emotional challenge. The works of Cage, Varese and Webern from the sixties, and later Ligeti, Xenakis, and more recently Scelsi, as well as classical composers such as Bach and Bruckner, have played an important role in his development as an artist. He has painted several homages to composers, and the British/Australian composer Roger Smalley has written a homage to Blanchflower (Diptych, 1990-92).

Since 1974, Blanchflower has held numerous solo exhibitions in Perth and Sydney, and has taken part in group shows in Japan and China as well as in Australia. He was a lecturer in Fine Art at WAIT (now Curtin University) from 1972 to 1981. He was artist in residence at AIR and SPACE studio, London, 1983/84 and at Pier Art Centre, Orkney, in 1984.

Works by Brian Blanchflower

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