Opening Events

Lick Lick Blink by Willoh S. Weiland

Museum of Contemporary Art

Incorporating cinema, performance and the universal pleasures of ice-cream, experience this darkly humorous work exploring the consumption of the female image on screen.

Lick Lick Blink is a 10-minute cinematic performance for one audience member to experience at a time.

Drawing on the aesthetics of horror, the work responds to the #metoo movement, considers where are women visible in this moment , and asks us "What types of women do we usually see on screen?"

Book your 10-minute slot at the MCA Information Desk – in person and on the day of the performance only. Spaces limited, arrive early on the day to reserve your spot.

This work is for ages 15+.

This project has been created in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Older Women’s Network NSW and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Experimental Arts board.

Program details

Various dates and times
Free, booking required

Song for Von Guérard - Mark Shorter


In Song for von Guérard the audience is drawn into a pitch-black gallery space haunted by the non-verbal time travelling landscape painting critic, Schleimgurgeln. Periodically, the darkness will be broken illuminating the figure of Schleimgurgeln and his dark chamber. 

Mark Shorter, Song for von Guérard, 2019, installation, performance, dimensions and duration variable

Program details

Sunday, 31 March, 12 – 6pm 
Saturday, 6, 20, 27 April, 12 – 6pm 
Saturday, 4, 18, 25 May, 12 – 6pm 
Saturday, 15, 22 June, 12 – 6pm
Free, drop-in

Please note, only 10 visitors may enter the performance space at any given time.

The Tender - Amrita Hepi

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Developed specially for The National 2019, Amrita Hepi’s The Tender involves dancers of various ages, genders and ethnicities, who carry out a choreographic routine based around the skipping rope. Citing the significance of rope in images and metaphors of both restraint and resistance, Hepi’s choreography pivots on the build and release of tension and interrogates the emotive force and expressive potential of a set of gestures: to buck; to skip; to embrace; to relinquish.

Amrita Hepi, The Tender, 2018–19, performance, 75 minutes

Program details

Sunday 31 March, 3  4.15pm
Wednesday 24 April, 6  7.15pm 
Saturday 1 June, 3 – 4.15pm