Director’s farewell as MCA turns 30

As the MCA celebrates its 30th anniversary, we spoke to departing director of 22-years, Liz Ann Macgregor on legacy and the future.
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While a chapter of Elizabeth Ann Macgregor’s past was driving a bus for the Scottish Arts Council to introduce contemporary art to regional audiences, a more recent chapter has seen her driving the future of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary art museum.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) turns thirty this week. And while today it is an institution that enjoys international respect, it wasn’t always so. When Macgregor joined the gallery in 1999 it was financially challenged, attendances were waning and many either viewed contemporary art as elitist, or with a kind of contempt.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina