The Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia is dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art from across Australia and around the world. With a continually changing program of exhibitions there's always something new, exciting and inspiring to see at the MCA.
In 2005 the Balnaves Foundation provided financial support to develop and launch a new program that would introduce teenagers to the world of contemporary art. The result was Genext which celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary in 2015.
Genext is a free festival-style event designed for teenagers by the MCA Youth Committee – a group of teenage volunteers who meet monthly to help curate and coordinate the event. Each Genext is themed around a different exhibition at the MCA. The aim is to connect and engage teenagers from across Sydney with current conversations in contemporary art and culture. Attendees enjoy exclusive access to exhibitions, live music, art-making, guest artist performances and participatory workshops, tasty snacks all in a teacher and parent free environment. The Foundation believes in the importance of connecting young people to the Arts through interactive, fun and positive experiences that can lead to a life-long enjoyment of the Arts, enrich their lives and the community they live in. Genext now attracts up to 600 teenagers to each event.
Mar 30, 2016
It all started back in 2005 when Neil Balnaves AO, Founder of the Balnaves Foundation, approached MCA Director, Elizabeth Ann McGregor with an unusual idea – of supporting a free event created by young people for young people, which basically sees them let loose in the Museum on a Sunday after hours, with no teachers or parents anywhere.
Mar 11, 2016
Authenticity is the key to youth engagement, but how do you get started and how do you keep it real?
Jan 1, 2016
Q & A with Neil Balnaves
Sep 15, 2013
Be inspired by what artists have produced - then it's your turn to have a go, writes Wendy Preston.
Apr 27, 2012
No parents, No teachers- It's just teens and art.