– Highlights

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Mca Collection

MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday

01 Sep - 31 Dec

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Exhibition

Jenny Watson

05 Jul - 02 Oct

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Exhibition

Hilarie Mais

23 Aug - 19 Nov

– Learning Events

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Talk

Artist Talk

23 Aug, 6.30pm, Level 2: Seminar Room

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Workshop

Art Safari

25 Aug, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning

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Special Event

ARTBAR August 2017

25 Aug, 7.00pm, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

Claudia Nicholson's ARTBAR of love and devotion

July’s ARTBAR will see the MCA turned into an elaborate quinceañera by this month’s curator, Claudia Nicholson. more

#ConversationStarters: Have you ever made a decision based on fear?

We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. more

#ConversationStarters: What are you afraid of for the future?

We held a new program of art and ideas, Conversation Starters, in June to promote an open conversation with questions that define our global situation. 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.

Blog – Unmapping: Charting New Pathways to Creativity

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Ella Condon in Creative Learning.

HOW DO WE TRANSLATE SOMETHING THAT IS MOVING, IN FLUX, AND POTENTIALLY NOT VISIBLE IN VISUAL FORM? YOU MAY CHOOSE TO REPRESENT SOMETHING FROM YOUR IMAGINATION.

Ella Condon


Was there a time where you noticed light flickering in a magical, beautiful way? Where it reflected off a building or surface and created a marvelous rainbow? In water when it glimmered or shimmered? A feeling of its warmth or depth of colour? How do we translate something that is moving, in flux, and potentially not visible in visual form? You may choose to represent something from your imagination.

It’s been an incredible experience working on the first Unmapping: Charting New Pathways to Creativity, a unique collaboration between Sydney Story Factory and MCA Learning.

I began working on this project at Sydney Story Factory’s homebase in Redfern and met students from Plunkett St Primary School and Canterbury Boys High School in May to share my art practice. Prominent to this artistic project was my creative process which formed the backbone of a journey together with these students over two months. The students created their own creative writing pieces which paralleled my own artistic process. I shared my research practice around the notions of time and experiences of light.

The creative thought process expressed by the students when posed with conceptual and abstract ideas around my research immediately engaged me. When asked initially to brainstorm what they felt ‘could not be measured’, students spoke of love and sadness as they felt there was no scale or way to quantify the depth or complexity of them. When asked to brainstorm what might be beyond their visual imagination, students discussed places where distance potentially never ended, and the depths of space.

The students have produced creative writing works which were published by Sydney Story Factory. Producer of this project is Matt Roden, Creative Projects Manager at Sydney Story Factory in partnership with Cara MacLeod, Manager of Student and Teacher Engagement at MCA.

Plunkett Street Primary School students sitting in front of Ella Condon's artwork

Plunkett Street Primary School students sitting in front of Ella Condon’s artwork, Light Leaks 2017

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Ella Condon

Ella Condon works as Lead Artist Educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art. She holds a Master of Fine Art (Research) from Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University and Parsons, The New School of Design New York. Her practice is engaged with experimental and expanded forms of photography, video and installation. Her works have been shown in a range of locations including the Manhattan Bridge, Underbelly Arts Festival, Casula Powerhouse and Liverpool Street projections. http://ellacondon.com/

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