Museum of Contemporary Art

MCA Artbar Summer

Enter realms of friction and desire at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Festivals & Programs

Event Details


Festivals & Programs

Event Starts

Dec 15, 2023

Event Ends

Dec 15, 2023


Museum of Contemporary Art Australia


Tallawoladah, Gadigal Country 140 George Street The Rocks Sydney NSW 2000

Enter realms of friction and desire at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Curated by artist JD Reforma, the summer edition of Artbar is intimate, slippery, and disruptive. Featuring live music, artworks, performances, and installations responding to the theme of ‘sweat’, Artbar Summer invites you to experience the Museum with all of your senses. 

18+ only

Entry to the major summer exhibition, Tacita Dean, included



First release
General admission $39
MCA Member $32
Concession $32

Second release
General admission $45
MCA Member $36
Concession $36

Tickets include entry to Tacita Dean

Book here


Hear from MCA Artbar Summer curator

‘Artbar Summer will be a space of encounter, where audiences enter realms of friction and desire inhabited by artists. The Museum is a body, both solid and porous – a formation from which to balance, perch, and hang; but also formless, a void through which to move, seep, and spill. Sweat is intimate and slippery – it bids and it repels.

This Artbar is an invitation to intervene in our expectations and disrupt our experience of space. Artists create moments and expressions inextricable from their bodies – crisp images that both sting and blur, like sweat in your eye. Sweat is a provocation – for artists and audiences – to linger, drip, and slip through the Museum.’ – JD Reforma


About Artbar

Artbar is an after-dark, 18+ evening curated by a contemporary artist. Activating all levels of the Museum, Artbar features performances, installations, art, music, DJs, talks, and more.


Access support

The MCA welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its programs and services accessible to everyone.

Read our visual story for information on how to access the Museum during ARTBAR and to help you plan your visit. This step-by-step guide is designed for people with access requirements.

Contact the MCA reception for free Access support on +61 2 9245 2400 or email


Supporting Patrons: Wheen Family Foundation

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