– Highlights

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Aug

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Exhibition

Telling Tales

02 Jun - 09 Oct

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Exhibition

Louise Hearman

29 Sep - 04 Dec

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

28 Sep, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Special Event

ARTBAR September 2016

30 Sep, 7.00pm, MCA

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Special Event

Women of Fairfield

07 Oct, 6.00pm

– News from inside the MCA

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

Most Memorable: Young Ambassador art adventures

Founding and new members of our Young Ambassador program share their fondest event memories more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

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Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

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Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

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

The Bella Program: For People with Access Needs

Through the Bella Program, the MCA offers a variety of free opportunities and experiences to ensure the accessibility of the Museum and its collection.


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. Bella at the MCA has since grown to include a suite of programs and special events, offering Bella Programs for children and young people with physical, intellectual, learning and sensory access requirements, and Bella Plus Programs for adults with access needs.

Our Bella and Bella Plus Programs engage people with access needs in contemporary art through gallery explorations, include practical creative studio sessions for exploration of art-making processes and ideas, and provide opportunity for skills development. All of our programs are delivered by MCA Artist Educators and are individually tailored and responsive to specific access needs and interests of children, young people and adults participating.

Sitting alongside our Bella and Bella Plus programs is the Bella Room, a unique space located in the National Centre for Creative Learning for Bella participants to connect with the work of contemporary artists through sensory experiences. Now in its fourth year, this commission series invites an artist or artist group each year to realise a multi-sensory and interactive artwork to engage and inspire people with access needs.

These places that are available now, whereas 30 years ago it wasn’t around, for disabilities and that, it’s really good to have activities like this to go to.

Dave, Bella Plus participant, 2015

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Reflecting on 2015 Engaging Students with Disability Forum

Culminating in a giant sausage dog parade through Circular Quay, teachers from across NSW gathered at the MCA and Sydney Opera House for two days of creative dialogue and exchange as part of the 2015 Engaging Students with Disability forum.
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Discover our Bella and Bella Plus Programs

Bella: For Children and Young People

Bella is a flexible and free program for children and young people with physical, intellectual, learning or sensory access requirements.

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Bella in the House: For Children and Young People

Enjoy a free full-day program at the MCA and the Sydney Opera House with our combined excursion for students with access needs.

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Bella Plus: For Adult Groups

Explore contemporary art and develop new creative skills through art-making experiences in this flexible and free program for adults with access needs.

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Bella Plus in the House: For Adult Groups

Enjoy a free full-day program at the MCA and the Sydney Opera House with our new partnership program for adults with access needs.

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Bella Plus Connect: For Adults

Explore contemporary art, meet new people and share in art-making and professional development opportunities in this free and dynamic community program held once a month.

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The Bella Room

A multi-sensory and interactive artwork commissioned annually to engage and inspire people with access needs to connect with the work of contemporary artists through sensory experiences.

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Engaging Students with Disability Forum

Discover how dance, music, theatre and the visual arts can unlock the learning of students with physical, intellectual, learning and sensory access requirements. A two-day forum focused on building creative skills and ideas sharing. Presented in partnership with the Sydney Opera House.

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Visiting Tips and Accessibility

The MCA welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its programs and services accessible to everyone.

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