Start of first instance 22nd Dec 2017 10:00am
End of first instance 13th May 2018 5:00pm
Duration of each instance 142 days and 7 hours
Frequency Every day, until 13th May 2018

February 16 -  May 13
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Weekends 10am - 3pm

FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia celebrates twenty-five years of Primavera – the annual exhibition dedicated to showcasing the work of young Australian artists – with Primavera at 25: MCA Collection, touring 2017 to 2018.

Curated by Megan Robson, MCA Assistant Curator, the exhibition includes work by 19 artists and collectives who have previously exhibited in the exhibition. Drawn from the MCA Collection, Primavera at 25 brings together established and emerging artists working across a range of disciplines from painting, sculpture, video, performance, kinetic and installation art. For many artists, Primavera marks the start of a long relationship with the MCA. Since 1992, 206 artists have exhibited in Primavera with the MCA acquiring over 230 works by artists in the exhibition for the MCA Collection. These include artworks that were first exhibited in a Primavera exhibition and works made many years afterwards. MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE said: ‘Established in 1992, Primavera is one of the longest running exhibitions in the country and has proved a significant platform for artists at an early stage in their career.'  

‘Primavera at 25 is a time to reflect and applaud the achievements of former Primavera artists who have gone on to exhibit both nationally and internationally, and to play a significant role in the development of contemporary art practice in Australia.’ Macgregor continued. Curator Megan Robson said: ‘An anniversary presents a moment for reflection, an opportunity in which to consider the past and contemplate the future. Taking this significant milestone as a departure point, Primavera at 25 brings together works by artists, who have previously exhibited in Primavera, that explore concepts of transformation, time and history.’

Image above: Constanze Zikos, I Travel
Your Dreams, 1991, synthetic oil-based
polymer paint on melamine, Museum of
Contemporary Art, purchased with the
assistance of Dr Edward Jackson AM
and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM, 1995,
image courtesy and © the artist

Image on website main header:
Nell, Unlimited Radiance (detail), 2001,
sequins, pins, synthetic polymer paint on cork
mounted on MDF, Museum of Contemporary Art,
gift of Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM,
2006, image courtesy and © the artist, photograph: Sam Whiteside

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Exhibition organised and toured by the                        
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia                         
funding and advisory body.

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This project has been assisted by the Australian
Government through the Australia Council, its arts
funding and advisory body.