Talk about a novel concept. On the last Friday of every month, the MCA, in partnership with Audi, invites one artist to curate a one-night-only event filled with music, art and performances. With up to 1,000 revellers taking part each month, the ARTBAR experience has quickly become something of an institution in the MCA event calendar.
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"ARTBAR really is an event like no other," says MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE. "It's become one of our most successful public programs, playing a crucial role in our mission to connect a diverse audience with the work of living artists."
And while every ARTBAR is unique in its own way, this evening marks a special celebration. Not only does ARTBAR coincide with the Vivid Sydney festival, it also celebrates the third anniversary of the monthly event. Tonight, Perth-based artist Rebecca Baumann takes her turn as curator, bringing her kaleidoscopic vision and energetic artwork to the public. While guests can catch glimpses of Baumann's most popular kinetic sculptures and installations, such as Automated Colour Fields and Confetti International, they'll also see the entire MCA façade come to glorious life as part of Vivid Sydney.
Baumann, in partnership with French art and design company Danny Rose has transformed the exterior building into Mechanised Colour Assemblage for a truly dynamic listening and viewing experience. Inside, guests can enjoy nail painting from burlesque performer Lauren La Rouge while taking in the sounds of garage rock wave band Los Tones.
While tonight's event is sadly sold out, you can find details of the next ARTBAR Driven by Audi event at mca.com.au.