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MCA Artbar Summer


Friday 15 December 2023 from 7pm to 11pm


General admission (first release): $39Concession (first release): $32MCA Member (first release): $32General admission (second release): $45Concession (second release): $36MCA Member (second release): $36

MCA Artbar is back for summer! Curated by artist JD Reforma, the summer edition of Artbar features live music, artworks, performances, and installations responding to the theme of ‘sweat’.

From smokey cabaret performances to a rooftop set from punk metal band, TBX, to photoshoots with Santa in a twisted festive wonderland, Artbar Summer is the end of year celebration you don't want to miss.

Entry to the major summer exhibition, Tacita Dean, included.

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 +(tel:61 2 9245 2400) or email

Supporting Patrons: Wheen Family Foundation

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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia


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