Current Grants

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

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.

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 Balnaves 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.

Find out more about MCA Genext here.

Or visit the Genext Facebook page.


Photo Gallery
MCA - Genext - April 2015
MCA - Genext - February 2015
MCA Generationext Turns 10!
Video and Audio Gallery

Title : GENEXT TURNS 10!

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.

Title : Understanding youth engagement in the arts - ArtsHub Australia

Mar 11, 2016

Authenticity is the key to youth engagement, but how do you get started and how do you keep it real?

Title : Neil Balnaves, art collector, philanthropist - Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 1, 2016

 Q & A with Neil Balnaves

Title : Drawing a line under creativity - Sun Herald

Sep 15, 2013

Be inspired by what artists have produced - then it's your turn to have a go, writes Wendy Preston.

Title : Too Cool for School - Daily Telegraph

Apr 27, 2012

No parents, No teachers- It's just teens and art.

© 2011 The Balnaves Foundation. All Rights Reserved. Website developed by IJC