– 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.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

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Professional Development Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Each year the MCA invites one regional or remote ATSI art centre to participate in this program by nominating two representatives whom the art centre believes would most benefit from important hands-on training. These emerging ATSI arts workers are offered the opportunity to partake in a fully funded, intensive five-day resident placement at the MCA, Sydney, and will receive specialised training in their chosen field of museum practice.

The program was initiated to help increase the number of ATSI people in professional roles in the visual arts and to develop the next generation of leaders in the ATSI arts field. Participation in a program, such as this, with tailor-made training is especially important for ATSI artists and art workers in regional and remote locations where access to formal training is often limited.

The program provides opportunities for skill and knowledge exchange between the MCA, as a leading cultural institution, and community arts centres. It also provides valuable insights for participants by working across a number of departments and gaining hands on experience and practical ideas to take back to their arts centre.

Developing these skills is key to remote ATSI communities. Strong art centres play a role in maintaining and strengthening cultural values—operating as meeting places and offering opportunities for training, education and enterprise. They also play a vital economic role in ATSI communities—some of the most remote communities in the country.

This economic aspect is crucial not only to the ATSI art and craft industry but also to the health of the communities generally. In most communities sales from art are the only externally-generated source of income.

Participants in the program will nominate the field of museum practice in which they would like to receive specialised training, such as exhibition services, registration and conservation, education and public programs or marketing and development. The program will be specifically tailored to suit each participant’s needs and interests and will involve working closely with a number of MCA staff over the five day period.

These projects will encompass elements of the following:

  • Increase the skills set of ATSI art centre managers and staff (both ATSI and non- ATSI), particularly in business and financial management, arts administration, and governance;
  • Develop career pathways for ATSI people seeking a career in arts centre management;
  • Support arts centres to develop and implement succession planning strategies;
  • Provide opportunities for ATSI people to gain employment in the ATSI visual arts sector;
  • Support arts workers in job transition positions to secure full-time employment in the ATSI visual arts sector.

ATSI Program at the MCA

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