I am always a fan of art galleries, especially those that are free. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia or MCA for short is a beloved modern contemporary art gallery in the heart of Sydney. It overlooks the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. I’ve visited this art gallery many times especially during hyped exhibitions. When I was in high school, I would occasionally attend GENEXT events which is curated for teenagers after hours. There would be creative workshops, live music and of course free food. It’s a really fun and inspiring event.
MCA Sydney is currently opening late on Fridays from 5-9pm so definitely worth checking out after work.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000
The current exhibition is The National 2021 – New Australian Art which is on until 22 August 2021. The collection draws on natural materials and explores notions of intergenerational relationships to place. You can view here to know more of this exhibition in detail. I’ve showcased a few of my favourite artworks and displays.
Anonymous was a woman is a knitting project made by Kate Just is visually eye-catching but also reflects on the silencing on women’s voices and achievements throughout history. The grid of panels likened to a memorial of all voices and achievements lost.
Kate worked on this for months including knitting on public transport, at work and breakfast. She has invited the public to witness her knit and create conversations including feminism, sexuality and racism that have been sparked though the engagement of her work.
Lauren Berkowitz created this stunning display called Fragile Ecologies. Her work included plastic lids and rings suspended from above. She has used colour to incorporate themes such as seasonal life, death and renewal. Lauren uses recycling in her work to evoke environmental narratives and the act of restoration.
Kalyu is a stunning art piece created by 9 Martu artists from Parnngurr, a remote Aboriginal community in Western Australia. This artwork is based pays homage to their home and ancestors who have lived for thousands of years.
Quoted from the MCA website,
Kalyu is a significant work that was painted as a protest against uranium mining exploration taking place on the edge of Karlamilyi National Park, an area that is exempt from the 2002 Martu native title determination, yet is considered by the artists to be ‘the heart of Martu Country’. The intricate work speaks to the fragile interdependent relationship between different environmental elements of the region, indicating how the hidden underground waterways play a vital role in the biodiversity of the area.
Lastly, don’t forget to check out the gift shop or the MCA cafe at the rooftop that overlooks the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. MCA Sydney is at a stunning location and boasts a rich collection of artwork from Australian artists. It has always been worth the visit to me.