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Artists take over the museum at night

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Gill Nicol
Director Audience Engagement
MCA Australia

Aileen Robalino
ARTBAR and Public Programs Coordinator
MCA Australia

ARTBAR is a monthly sell-out artist-led museum experience, bringing one-off installations, performances, exhibitions, talks, workshops and music together curated by artists, transforming the MCA into a piece of performance art. On the last Friday of every month (but not December), a diverse range of artists are invited to act as curators, in our attempt to tip the notion of what a “museum” is on its head, and completely flip the idea of what it means to experience contemporary art.

This presentation will share what it has meant for the Museum to let go of control – or elements of control – to live out one of its core values – that artists are at the heart of everything that the museum does. Why does ArtBar exists; who comes (which has changed over time); what works and what doesn’t.

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