Learn at the MCA
At the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, we like to share our passion for and knowledge of contemporary art with as many people as possible, no matter where they live around Australia.
With input from our specially trained Artist Educators, we develop a range of learning programs for school students and teachers, families, young people, adult learners of all ages and backgrounds and visitors with specific needs. The breadth of offerings range from practical and theoretical schools programs, to 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. Access to cutting-edge video conferencing facilities allows us to take our content to communities in regional and remote parts of Australia, giving the MCA a truly national reach.
MCA creative learning programs encourage visitors to colour outside the lines, to experiment, take risks and play with process. Artists contribute as thinkers and creators and inspire our audiences to respond to contemporary art in new ways. MCA Learning programs acknowledge that every visitor brings their own background story and can take away their own fresh meaning from their encounter with art.
Schools & Teachers
The MCA offers a wide range of creative learning programs for primary and secondary students and teachers, both within the Museum’s galleries and virtually through leading- edge digital technology.
Kids & Families
Make the most of your family’s visit to the MCA with these tools, tips, tailored events and workshops.
Discover the MCA’s jam-packed Young Creatives program, brimming with opportunities to create, think, make and get involved.
From guided tours to artist talks and hands-on workshops, the MCA offers many ways to experience contemporary art.
Artists & Creators
Get an insider’s perspective on the art world from practicing artists and leading industry figures.
Get to know more about contemporary art through the MCA’s community programs which provide art experiences in a social setting for visitors new to contemporary art.
Visitors with Specific Needs
The MCA offers a variety of programs and services to ensure the accessibility of the Museum and its collection.
Access the MCA Library, explore the MCA’s collection of more than 60 interviews with artists and engage with digital resources designed for teachers and students.
Experiencing the Brown Council Bella Room Commission
Artist Educator Athena shares her insights into the popular Bella program in the last months of the Brown Council’s Performance Art Commission. more
David Capra: 2015 Bella Commission Artist
Sydney-based artist David Capra has been commissioned to create a work for the MCA’s Jackson Bella Room in 2015. more
Bella Momentum Workshop
Bella Momentum is an intensive art workshop for talented art students from across NSW. Produced in collaboration with the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. more
Engaging Students with Disability
'Give yourself permission to try something different and look for other ways’ more
Casula Public School Electronic Art Workshop
Year 6 from Casula Public School had a fantastic experience with the newly introduced Electronic Art workshop program. more
New Electronic Art Programs at the MCA
Award-winning technology 'littleBits’ lets kids play with new media and electronic art at MCA more
Magic wand over MCA Learning
Magician Adam Mada collaborates with MCA Educators and tells the role of magic in art and young learning. more
100 Mile Art Conference
I recently had the opportunity to speak about the museum’s digital initiatives to quite a specialised audience: secondary Visual Arts teachers. more
Connecting with Korea
February 26th was quite a milestone for the MCA Digital Learning team as it marked our first Digital Excursion with an international school. more
Digital Excursions at the MCA
We talk to MCA Digital Learning Coordinator Melinda Garcia who plays a key role in implementing the MCA’s Digital Excursions. more
2012 Ann Lewis AO Contemporary Visual Arts International Address
Exhibiting artist Anish Kapoor spoke to a sell-out crowd at the museum in December – here’s your chance to watch it in full. more
An introduction to the Bella Art workshop
MCA School Programs Coordinator Georgia Close introduces us to this long-running and highly popular program for at risk youth. more
Creating Creativity in the Digital Space
How do we foster creativity in the digital space? Melinda Garcia shares at Vivid Sydney what the team in the National Centre for Creative Learning have been doing. more
generationext is back
generationext, the free art celebration exclusively for teenagers, returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. more