Explore contemporary art and develop new creative skills through art-making experiences in this flexible and FREE 90 minute program for students with specific needs, including physical, intellectual, emotional or behavioural disability.
Investigate contemporary artworks on Gallery Explorations of current exhibitions, and explore art-making processes and ideas in a practical session in the creative and digital studios of the National Centre for Creative Learning.
Discover the multi-sensory Bella room, where each year Bella commission artists create interactive installations designed to engage and inspire people with specific needs to explore contemporary art through sensory experience.
Bella is FREE for all participants. Each program is led by MCA Artist Educators and is tailored and responsive to individual group requirements.
Bella is available for children and young people with specific needs aged 5-18 years.
In addition we offer a Bella Plus program for adults with specific needs.
Advance bookings are essential – book online today
Session Times: Regular sessions run every Monday during the school term or on other days by request.
Session Length: 60-90 minutes
The MCA Bella program was established in 1993 through the generosity of MCA patrons, Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM, and the Jackson family, in memory of their late daughter and sister Belinda.
Discover the multi-sensory Bella Room, where each year Bella commission artists create interactive installations designed to engage and inspire people with specific needs to explore contemporary art through sensory experience.
The Jackson Bella Room, situated in the National Centre for Creative Learning, is a dedicated, interactive space for students with specific learning needs to explore the work of contemporary artists. Each year, an artist or artist group is commissioned to make an environment suitable for people with specific needs.
In 2015, Sydney-based artist David Capra invites us to join him in giving Teena his sausage dog a bath. Because Teena doesn’t like baths, we are encouraged to help her through the process, using lullabies, storytelling and cuddles!
Working with performance and costuming, Capra’s practice includes the making of objects such as banners and sculptures, drawing, installation and video. Describing himself as an ‘intercessory artist’, his practice takes the form of interventions into physical and social space designed to initiate healing. His work also often involves his sausage dog Teena. Capra has also worked on a number of curatorial and writing projects, including guest editing a recent issue of Das Superpaper focused on contemporary art and culture in Western Sydney. In 2013, Capra was awarded the Blake Prize Emerging Artist Award for Year of Jubilee (2013), a video work dealing with the ritual of banner waving. Also in that year, Capra participated in the MCA’ s performance season Workout with Throne room (Wizard of Oz Intercession) (2013).
Most Bella programs at the MCA make use of the Bella Room.
More on David Capra’s 2015 Bella Room Commission