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Art Safari

Today, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Special Event

ARTBAR April 2017

Today, 6.45pm, MCA

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

– Learning Events

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Workshop

Art Safari

Today, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Special Event

ARTBAR April 2017

Today, 6.45pm, MCA

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Workshop

03 May, 6.30pm, Level 3: Digital Studio in NCCL

– News from inside the MCA

Young Art Lovers' Book List

To celebrate World Book Day (Sunday 23 April) the MCA Store and MCA Learning crew have teamed up to put together a selection of fun, inspiring and engaging titles sure to spark the imaginations of budding artists and creative thinkers. more

From the archives: Curious catalogue

Never judge a book by its cover? In this issue of our monthly archive series, MCA Archives and Records Management Coordinator, Stephanie, leafs through some unusual pages more

Girl On Film: Erin Coates

The National 2017: New Australian Art artist Erin Coates gets in the driving seat for our April film experience more

– Spotlights from the collection online

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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.

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Encounter

Encounter Ephemeral & Performance Art from the MCA Collection in a slideshow with images and class discussion ideas.

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Intervention as Performance

Have you ever felt like interrupting the silence of a museum? Explore how performance can be used to break social rules and transform the spaces we use.

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Tour Guide

Become a creator of experiences and devise your ideal art gallery tour.

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Performance Score

Transform instructions into images to create a performance score.

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Endurance

Put your endurance to the test as you stage and document a durational performance work.

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Encounter Agatha Gothe-Snape

Encounter Agatha Gothe-Snape in a slideshow with images and class discussion ideas. View the Encounter directly in the browser or download the PowerPoint or PDF versions. Teacher's notes are also available.

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PowerPoint Animations

Agatha Gothe-Snape creates animated works using PowerPoint. Take on the challenge to create your own PowerPoint animation, using only the program's supplied backgrounds, shapes and colours.

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Infographics

Draw from Agatha Gothe-Snape's work Every Artist Remembered (2009 - 2011) to explore new ways of remembering, organising and visualising history.

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Headliners

In her work Headliners, Gothe-Snape generated newspaper headlines based on her interviews with residents of Horsham, Victoria. Collaborate with a friend to create your own 'newsworthy' artwork!

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Cut-Ups & Fold-Ins

Follow Agatha Gothe-Snape's lead and have a go at working with text to create your own found poetry.

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(Un)Ordinary Objects

Join Agatha Gothe-Snape in creating art out of the everyday by using an ordinary object in an extraordinary way!

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Fewest Possible Decisions

Test the limits of communication and explore how meaning is communicated as you take on the challenge to create a poster without text, numbers or representational images.

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Rules of Art

Agatha Gothe-Snape adheres to particular rules when creating her work. Get conceptual as you write and test your own set of instructions to follow when making works of art.

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Encounter: New Romance

Encounter the exhibition New Romance: art and the posthuman and explore works from the exhibition in a slideshow with images and class discussion ideas.

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Talking in Code

Are you posthuman? Talk like technology by translating and creating hidden messages in binary code.

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Listening to the Future

Create a soundscape for today and explore what the future might sound like in comparison.

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Jetpacks and Hoverboots

Explore how the past envisioned today – what would life be like if some of the scientific or technological predictions in science fiction came true?

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Hybrid Lottery

Play the mad scientist-artist inspired by artists Soyo Lee and Patricia Piccinini and plan an artwork featuring an animal-technology hybrid.

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Extended Enquiry

Find a series of essay and research questions based on the exhibition New Romance: Art and The Posthuman.

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Encounter

Encounter the artists and themes from the exhibition Being Tiwi. This Encounter will introduce you to the Tiwi Islands and explore ideas through the themes: the Tiwi Islands, all one: art & culture, new ways/old ways, and individuality.

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Textile Performance

Use imagination and performance to connect animal movements to pattern making.

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Invisible Animal Tracks

Use movement and drawing to explore patterns and textures as a group.

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Unique Perspectives

Draw upon your own experiences of place to create your own representative design using unique visual language.

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Making Old Things New

Responding to Maria Josette Orsto’s paintings; create a representation of ceremonies from your own life.

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Encounter

Encounter the artist Rebecca Baumann. Utilising key examples of her work along with inquiry based questions, this Encounter is designed to provoke class discussion and explores major themes in Rebecca Baumann's practice.

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Emotional Colour Wheel

Rebecca Bauman’s kinetic sculpture, 'Automated Colour Field' (2011), considers relationships between colour and emotion. This activity investigates these relationships by exploring personal connections and responses to colour.

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Smoke Signals

Based on an exploration of Rebecca Baumann’s 'Improvised Smoke Device' (2010/11), this activity investigates the way the artist’s materials can act as symbols which carry multiple meanings.

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What Would Happen If...?

Stage a surprising performance inspired by Rebecca Baumann's use of questioning and imagination in the creation of her work 'Confetti International' (2007/2011).

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Jump into the Colour Field!

Jump into this investigation of the Colour Field movement and discover its relationship to Rebecca Baumann's work 'Automated Colour Field' (2011).

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Find, Describe, Analyse!

Describe, visually analyse, and write about artworks from the MCA collection that share a common theme seen in Rebecca Baumann's artworks.

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Ice, Salt & Oil

Experiment and learn how colours mix together in different solutions in this hands-on activity that combines science and art.

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Take a Chance

Compare the work of Gerhard Richter to Rebecca Baumann in this writing activity that explores the role of chance in the arrangement of colour in art.

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Class Party

Collaborate to create a performance artwork based on Rebecca Baumann's practice that explores the ideas of happiness and celebration.

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Experiments with Ephemera

Research and experiment with a range of materials to create your own ephemeral artwork.

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Art Journaling

Use your art journal to visually record life experiences and explore new ways of developing artworks.

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Extended Enquiry

Find a series of essay and research questions based on Rebecca Baumann's practice.

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Encounter

Encounter the artist Grayson Perry and explore main themes and works from his MCA exhibition Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career in a slideshow with images and class discussion ideas.

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Go Map yourself!

Create a self-portrait map considering both the internal and external influences that combine to form your identity.

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Split (Your) Personality

Create characters that represent different parts of your own personality.

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A Shrine of One's Own

Create a shrine dedicated to an everyday place.

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Faking History

Look at the aesthetics of history and convert an object from today into a historical object!

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Stop, Commemorate, and Listen

Observe, perform, and commemorate the everyday with a commemorative souvenir.

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The Female Water Bottle

Explore what gender is by finding the gender identity of an inanimate object.

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Buy This!

Turn an everyday object into art, explore its value and try to sell it!

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M-y D-a-n-k-o F-a-c-e

Use your name to create a series of portraits!

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Portrait Performance

Create a mask based on Aleks Danko’s work Incident-Ambivalence. Then put on this mask and stage a performance.

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I Object!

Plan and perform a mini protest drawing influence from Aleks Danko’s work Songs of Australia Volume 16 (2004)

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(En)Titled

Aleks Danko’s thoughtful (and often amusing) artwork titles offer a whole other layer of meaning. Get creative with titling your own objects and see how an image’s meaning can be influenced by text

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Ha Ha Ha!

A(VOID) Laughing (2015-16) is an example of the many ways Aleks Danko plays with language, image and meaning. Get silly with this series of quick experiments and test the limits of language through laughter!

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Artwork By Democracy

Through his artwork, Aleks Danko asks us to reassess our social systems. Join him in questioning our democratic systems by creating an artwork of a house (another of Aleks Danko’s motifs using rules generated from a vote.

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You're Pulling My Leg!

Growing up in two cultures, Aleks Danko’s obsession with language includes exploring translation, particularly across cultures. Explore strange idioms from around the world and use them to create a series of posters.

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Encounter: Aleks Danko

Encounter the artist Aleks Danko. Utilising key examples of his work along with inquiry based questions, this Encounter is designed to provoke class discussion and explores major themes in Aleks Danko's practice.

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Encounter: Haines and Hinterding

Utilising key examples of their work and inquiry based questions, this presentation is designed to provoke class discussion and offers an entry point to the suite of resources available.

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Electro Sculpture

In this activity you will create a moving sculpture that works due to the invisible force of electromagnetism.

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Listening to Outer Space

Listen carefully to beautiful and mysterious sounds from the environment and create your own artwork in response.

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Fact or Fiction Game

Haines & Hinterding play games around fact & fiction to generate ideas. Play your own game in groups of 5 to 10.

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Imagining Magnetism

Use drawing to capture magnetic energy patterns and create a series of abstract artworks.

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Invisible Energies

Use drawing to visualise invisible forces and energies that may exist around objects in your immediate environment.

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Other Worlds

Consider how we view images of nature or landscape through the lens of technology; contemplating the different ways visual technology may shape the way we understand, perceive, and feel about the environment.

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Create a Game

Design a game as an interactive artwork.

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Mapping

Investigate different ways places can be mapped and the influence this can have on how we understand them.

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Place & Identity

Explore your own connections to place through this creative writing activity.

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Reclaiming Culture

Explore how artist Lucy Simpson draws links between the past and present in her artwork, and consider how family history, memory and culture can be represented in objects.

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The Role of the Curator

Explore the role of the curator by considering how a collection of personal, everyday objects can be arranged to communicate ideas to an audience.

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Encounter: Primavera

Led by inquiries into the works of participating artists and the curator's practice, this Encounter is designed to provoke class discussion and offers an entry point to the suite of resources available.

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Global Perspectives

Curator Nicole Foreshew explores experiences of the Global South within Australia, drawing connections between artists from south-west, south-central and south-east Australia.

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Land & Memory

Explore the history of Bougainville and experiment with ways of representing history and conflict.

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Encounter Primavera at 25: MCA Collection

Encounter the artists from the exhibition Primavera at 25: MCA Collection. This Encounter will specifically engage with the idea of artists' practice through the themes: Exhibitions, Careers, Role and Intent, and Networks.

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Dream Job

Artists are involved in a whole range of activities which surround their artmaking practice, such as undertaking residencies, applying for grants and staging exhibitions. Find out more about the processes involved in the artworld by imagining your future career as a successful artist.

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Apply Now!

Artists don’t just make artworks, they have to write about them too! While larger institutions generally invite artists to be part of their exhibition calendar, artists can apply to exhibit in many smaller galleries and artist-run spaces. Build your art writing skills by submitting a proposal for your own exhibition.

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Collective Vision

In an artist collective, a group of artists work together towards shared aims. Artist collectives vary a lot in structure but may exhibit together, share resources such as a studio space, or work towards similar aesthetic and political concerns. Propose your own artist’s collective & design a manifesto.

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Are You Talking To Me?

In this activity investigate how artists make choices that help them communicate to different audiences and the integral role the audience plays in interpreting an artist’s message.

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