– Highlights


Primavera 2016

29 Sep - 04 Dec


Louise Hearman

29 Sep - 04 Dec

Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

– Learning Events

Special Event

Learn and Grow

27 Oct, 2.00pm, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

Special Event

ARTBAR October 2016

28 Oct, 7.00pm, MCA

25 Birthday Weekend

Artist Talk

11 Nov, 1.30pm, Level 2: Veolia Lecture Theatre

– News from inside the MCA

Fairfield Eating Excursion

Women of Fairfield co-curator and PYT Artistic Director, Karen Therese takes us on a food safari through Fairfield, Sydney. more

Please Touch: Tactile Tours for Families

Artist Educator, Brook Morgan gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the development of this new program for families. more

Interview with September film curator Adrian Martin

James Vaughan speaks to Australian arts critic and audiovisual artist Adrian Martin about the month of contemporary Portuguese cinema he has guest curated for the MCA more

– Spotlights from the collection online

MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.

Blog – MCA ARTBAR wins 2012 SMAC Award for Best Arts Event

Posted on Jan. 18, 2013 in News.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is delighted to announce that MCA ARTBAR driven by AUDI was given the seal of approval by Sydney’s top creative movers and shakers last night, winning Best Arts Event category at the 2012 FBi Radio SMAC Awards held at Carriageworks.

MCA ARTBAR was introduced to the public in May 2012 and described as Sydney’s new monthly afterhours contemporary art social happening produced by the art world’s freshest, most exciting creative minds, to celebrate Art.

In only eight months it has carved out a reputation as the go-to event on the last Friday of every month. With guest curators bringing a unique vision to each event, no two ARTBARs are the same.

MCA ARTBAR Coordinator Kym Lenoble said: ‘It is exciting that we have been able to bring this project to life as part of the relaunch of the MCA. In 2012, there were over 80 artists, DJs, performers, VJs, and so many more involved in ARTBAR. It is great to be recognised by FBi Radio and Sydney with only seven events under our belt. There will be lots of new surprises and adventures in 2013.’


SMAC stands for Sydney’s Music, Arts and Culture. Established in 2008, the SMAC Awards are the city’s annual awards, given to the artists, museums, venues, promoters, creators and culture makers who keep Sydney’s creative heart beating. They exist to award originality, creativity and innovation.


Best Visual Artist: Benja Harney
Best Arts Event: MCA ARTBAR
Best Collective (presented by Pedestrian): 107 Projects
Best Live Music Act: Hermitude
Best Major Festival (presented by The Brag): Vivid Live
Best Music Event: Outside In
Best On Screen: Kris Moyes for Way to War (Kirin J. Callinan)
Best On Stage: Zoe Coombs Marr for Gone Off
Best Song (presented by APRA): ‘Hyperparadise (Flume Remix)’ by Hermitude
Next Big Thing (presented by Jagermeister): Giselle
Record Of The Year (presented by La Casa): Flume, Flume
Remix The City (presented by Two Thousand): Sydney Food Trucks
Best Eats: Gelato Messina
SMAC Of The Year: Jess Scully

For more on FBi Radio and the SMAC Awards, visit their website

For more on MCA ARTBAR, visit the webpage

Posted by Kelly Stone