MCA launches new monthly, evening Art Bar

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Tuesday 08 May 2012.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia announces MCA ARTBAR, Sydney’s new monthly afterhours contemporary art social happening produced by the art world’s freshest, most exciting creative minds, to celebrate Art.

“Contemporary art in Australia is going to be the next big thing” said Richard Dorment in a recent article for the UK Daily Telegraph. We certainly think so, and starting in May, MCA ARTBAR will surely add to this wide-spread surge of interest.

ARTBAR is a different kind of event with a distinctly aesthetic philosophy, bringing a new energy to the Museum’s audience and attracting a wider night, culture and art crowd.

Held on the last Friday of every month, ARTBAR takes over the entire new wing and one exhibition space. A guest artist curates the evening through music, performance, multimedia, and design.

Drawing inspiration from Volume One: MCA Collection, the first ARTBAR kicks off on 25 May 2012 with Sydney-based photographer and video artist Justene Williams, whose Crutch Dance (2011) television installation is currently on display in the MCA’s Level 1 South Gallery.

Sponsored by German luxury carmaker Audi, the first ARTBAR is also held on the same day as Vivid Sydney’s opening night, so guests have the double pleasure of being the first to experience this novel gathering and of getting the best view of Vivid’s light installations.

Audi Australia’s Managing Director, Uwe Hagen, said that the brand has a long history as a keen supporter of the Arts and culture in Australia and around the globe.

“Audi welcomes the MCA’s ARTBAR initiative. The concept is a great reflection of our brand values of sophistication and progressiveness, and it is also a thoughtful and enjoyable way to see the very latest exhibitions at the MCA, combining contemporary art with the ideal end to the working week. We view our partnership with the MCA as an excellent opportunity to give back to the community which supports the growth of Audi in Australia,” Mr Hagen said.

Each event sees the spaces transform into an ephemeral bar with DJs, performances, and guests are invited to share a drink, dare and discover.

These rendezvous are conceived as one off, unique experiences, ensuring that there is always something different to experience at MCA ARTBAR driven by AUDI.

It is art but not as you know it.

$20/$15 MCA Members and Concessions. Over 18s only. Bookings online now open at

Last Friday of every month, 7pm-11pm
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