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Museum of Contemporary Art $53 million upgrade

Tuesday 4 May 2010  Sydney, Australia:

MCA re-development to start in June 2010 and  is expected to be completed in early 2012
The Premier of NSW Kristina Keneally, the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Federal Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts, The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP, and MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor today announced that construction on the redevelopment of the Museum of Contemporary Art will commence in June this year.

The Federal Government has agreed to partner the State Government, and that together they will commit $26 million towards the project budget of $53 million. The State Government has agreed to increase its support from the $10 million committed in 2008 and will now match the Federal Government’s $13 million contribution.”

The Premier and Ministers also announced that Simon Mordant, the Chairman of the MCA’s Foundation, and his family had made an extraordinary and unprecedented commitment to a contemporary art project with a donation of $15 million. 

The redevelopment of the MCA at Sydney’s Circular Quay will deliver the city, the state and the nation with a world class art and educational institution. The MCA will consolidate its role as a locally loved national arts institution, and the creation of the National Centre for Creative Learning will strengthen the MCA’s position as an international Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ms Macgregor said the Museum would particularly like to acknowledge the role played by Simon Mordant, Chairman of the MCA Foundation, who kick-started the capital appeal in 2007 by pledging $5 million.

The design, by innovative architect Sam Marshall in partnership with the NSW Government Architect, will complement the existing building and energise The Rocks precinct and Circular Quay.

About the MCA: The MCA is the only museum in Australia dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting both local and international contemporary art. The MCA is located on one of Australia’s most iconic sites on Sydney’s West Circular Quay and has consistently been voted by Sydney residents as the city’s favourite museum or gallery. The MCA is a hub for creative learning and a world renowned and locally loved institution. Admission is free and the MCA is open to the public daily between 10am and 5pm.


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