MCA Australia appoints The Big Group as new hospitality partner ahead of revamped venue spaces

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(L-R) The Big Group founder Bruce Keebaugh, MCA Australia Director Suzanne Cotter and MCA Australia Chair Lorraine Tarabay. (Photo Jacquie Manning)

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA Australia) has appointed The Big Group as the Museum’s new functions and venue hospitality partner.

The Big Group will begin renovations at MCA Australia from mid-May with plans to open the first phase of its hospitality offer in June alongside revitalised event and venue spaces and a contemporary vision for food and beverage offerings across the Museum.

A new MCA cafe will open in mid-June on the ground floor of the MCA Australia building, presenting a harbourside welcome to the Museum. A second phase of the new hospitality offer on the MCA Australia’s Level 4 will be unveiled in September.

The Big Group is well known for its partnerships with major events such as the Melbourne Grand Prix, the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Australian Open and AFL, but this partnership marks the first time The Big Group has collaborated with a major art Museum in Sydney.

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“We are incredibly excited to partner with The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and to bring innovative ideas and our expertise to the Museum, delivering the art of Australian hospitality via world-class, exceptional food and hospitality to visitors, partners and clients,” said Bruce Keebaugh, founder and owner of The Big Group.

“MCA Australia is a globally recognised cultural destination in Sydney. We want to establish a place where great art and great food co-exists, and where visitors can engage more deeply with both, whilst enjoying the magnificent views of Warrane, Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay.”

MCA Australia thanked the hard work and efforts of the Culinary Edge team at Graze Restaurant whose last day of service was on May 4 and The Fresh Collective catering team at MCA Cafe on Level 4 which will close on June 16.

Suzanne Cotter, MCA Australia’s director, said they want every visitor to the MCA Australia to have the opportunity to encounter the best Australia can offer.

“We could not be happier to be working with The Big Group as we look to ensure the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is one of Sydney’s great cultural destinations,” she said.

The current MCA Cafe on Level 4 will remain open until mid-June. The Level 4 space will then close for renovations until Spring, when a new hospitality venue and offer will be unveiled. MCA Australia’s event and function spaces will also be updated.