I had the pleasure of joining the Sydney arts community and government leaders to celebrate the opening of the new Simon Mordant wing of the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the refurbishment of its existing galleries.
In August 2008, Council unanimously agreed to contribute one million dollars to the $53 million project, recognising that it would make a major contribution to our Sustainable Sydney 2030 objective of establishing a Cultural Ribbon on Sydney Harbour from Barangaroo to the Art Gallery of NSW and beyond.
As one of the early major donors to the project, the City is proud to see its completion and I look forward to the MCA growing its reputation both here in Australia and internationally.
The new wing, designed by Sam Marshall, increases the MCA's total size by almost 50 per cent with an additional 4,500 square metres and establishes the MCA as a major hub to look and learn about contemporary art in Australia.
Three new galleries have been added, including an entire floor dedicated to the MCA Collection. Existing facilities have been refurbished and new facilities include the new National Centre for Creative Learning with digital and multimedia studios, two practical creative studios, a lecture theatre, seminar room and library, and a new rooftop MCA Cafe and Sculpture Terrace.
Funding for the new wing is the result of successful partnership which brought together all levels of government, the corporate sector and private donors.
The Gallery opens to the public on Friday 28 March, with Marking Time, an exhibition of works by eleven international artists and the d 24-hour video installation The Clock by Christian Marclay.
Museum of Contemporary Art: www.mca.com.au