Quay Quarter Sydney and Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) have renewed their partnership to collaborate on new art experiences that will attract visitors to the Circular Quay area.

Quay Quarter Sydney will boldly transform Circular Quay by completely revitalising and rejuvenating two city blocks, giving back laneways and creating a vibrant character-filled neighbourhood. Because of its spectacular location and its customer base of businesses, residents and visitors, Quay Quarter has a vision to be a key cultural connector, supporting Sydney as a cultural and creative city.

On the news of the partnership, Michael Wheatley, AMP Capital’s Development Director for Quay Quarter said: “Since 2015, the MCA has attracted over a million people annually, and is now the most visited contemporary art museum in the world, surpassing the visitation figures of international institutions such as the New Museum in New York, MCA Chicago, MoCA in Los Angeles, Serpentine Galleries in London and Ullens Centre in Beijing.

Visitors travelling across the globe to celebrate the work of living artists and witness exceptional art will want to view the public art that we have curated at Quay Quarter Sydney in collaboration with the City of Sydney.
We pride ourselves on working closely with neighbours to ensure the benefits are released to the local and wider community. Through this partnership we will be able to invite friends and visitors of the MCA to experience Quay Quarter and enforce our pillars of culture, accessibility, authenticity and transformation. We will work with the MCA to develop and deliver an art trail for visitors to the precinct, as well as digital and social media programs”, he said.

Quay Quarter Sydney will feature public art by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, curated by Barbara Flynn in collaboration with the City of Sydney’s public art program. The concept for the work is to evoke the life of Arabanoo, an Aboriginal man with a confirmed association with the Quay Quarter Lanes through carefully conceived artwork elements, Jones subtly evokes a history of the site – its Aboriginal history – that had been forgotten by many. The artwork achieves something quite rare in being site-specific while transcending decoration to embody meanings that are worth expressing, of importance to the artist and, arguably, to the people of Sydney.  

Through this partnership, Quay Quarter Sydney and the Museum of Contemporary Art seek to contribute to awakening the important stories of First Nations people in the Circular Quay neighbourhood.