First published on 4 May 2012. Updated on 4 May 2012.
There’s much more to contemporary art than strolling through silent white rooms with furrowed brows, you know.
Bigger and bolder than ever, the MCA is now making its mark on Sydney’s art after hours scene with the launch of two new regular evening events.
Every Thursday night till 9pm, the MCA will kick on with Thursday Lates
. It’s a chance for art lovers to enjoy the museum’s current exhibitions, but also to hear regular talks, take part in creative workshops or check out small-scale performances and ‘happenings’.
On the last Friday of every month, Artbar
takes over the MCA. An over-18s event, Artbar is a mix of performances, music, art and fashion. The museum’s public programs coordinator Clare Willcox says that a different contemporary artist will take the reins to curate Artbar each month.
“For us this is an opportunity for more of an experience [for guests]. The premise is giving the museum over to artists each month to curate whatever they want. They have a wide remit of what they can do. Our core belief is that artists are at the heart of everything.”
Artbar will initially involve Australian artists but may engage international artists down the track, Willcox says.
“It’s about using those spaces we’ve never had before and showing them off.”
Even if you’re just visiting the galleries, taking in contemporary art is hungry and thirsty work. The MCA Café
and Sculpture Terrace on Level 4 offers share plates, sandwiches and burgers, salads and tarts, desserts – and a spectacular view of the city. Try the crispy school prawns with garlic aioli ($16) or their fine Wagyu beef or Katsu chicken burgers served with hand-cut chips ($18). Finish off with the café’s selection of desserts. You don’t have to be an art aficionado to appreciate that.
Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-9pm. Thursday Lates
Thu 10am-9pm. Free. Artbar
Last Fri of the month 7pm–11pm. $20. Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks 2000. 02 9245 2400. www.mca.com.au.