The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will celebrate National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee Week (NAIDOC Week) from 2 July and throughout the official week of 5 to 12 July 2015.
The Museum will offer free public programs for all ages featuring Spotlight Talks on MCA Collection artworks, film screenings presented with Black Screen, National Film and Sound Archive and a panel discussion moderated by Keith Munro, MCA Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2015 is ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate’, highlighting the strong spiritual and cultural connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to land and sea.
Lunchtime Film Screenings
The MCA together with Black Screen, National Film and Sound Archive will present films by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers during five lunchtime sessions. See mca.com.au for films and classifications.
2–6 July, 12.30–2pm (FREE)
Bella Plus Connect – for adults with specific needs
Nadeena Dixon, MCA Artist Educator for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs will present a special NAIDOC Week event for adults with physical, intellectual, behavioural or sensory disability. Participants and support providers can take part in an accessible program featuring gallery exploration, hands-on art-making activities and a chance to experience the new and playful Bella Room Commission by Sydney artist David Capra titled Teena’s Bathtime (2015).
Monday 6 July, 12.30–2pm (FREE)
Spotlight Talks – MCA Collection
The MCA’s knowledgeable and passionate staff will talk about an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork that inspires them in a short 5–10 minute session.
Monday 6 July: Kelly McDonald, Assistant Curator, on Daniel Boyd
Tuesday 7 July: Pete Davidson, Host, on Gulumbu Yunupingu
Wednesday 8 July: Francess Godworth, Host, on Gordon Bennett
Thursday 9 July: Elyse Goldfinch, Host, on Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Friday 10 July: Mason Kimber, Host, on Bark Paintings in the Arnott’s Biscuits Collection
6–10 July, 3pm (FREE)
NAIDOC Week Panel Discussion
This impressive panel moderated by Keith Munro, MCA Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs will highlight the important contributions and sacrifices made by Aboriginal Australians in shaping our identity in this talk during NAIDOC Week. Panellists include respected senior artist William ‘Badger’ Bates, Nathan Moran, Chief Executive Officer Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and Marcia Ella-Duncan, Chairperson La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Thursday 9 July, 6–7pm (FREE, bookings recommended)
The MCA is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists. Artworks in the Collection reflect the breadth of Australian contemporary art over the past 20+ years with significant representation of important artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Now showing (FREE)
For more information on each program click here.
For more information on NAIDOC Week visit naidoc.org.au