What’s On

The Dax Centre has a vibrant program of activities. Many of the programs devised by The Dax Centre explore ideas raised by The Dax Centre’s exhibitions

The Dax Centre’s mounts four exhibitions per year including a semi-permanent exhibition of highlights from the Cunningham Dax Collection, as well as three temporary exhibitions that showcase solo artists, important themes and new acquisitions.

The Dax Centre has a successful touring exhibition program with at least three regional venues visited each year in Victoria. The Dax Centre’s international recognition has led to invitations to send exhibitions overseas, including France, Japan and, more recently, the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC.




Healing Childhood Trauma
Thursday 24 April – Tuesday 20 May 2014
G3 Artspace, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale, 3195

A forthcoming exhibition at G3 Artspace in Parkdale brings together artworks made by survivors of childhood abuse. Healing Childhood Trauma, and accompanying public program, provides a unique opportunity to better understand the impact of trauma and the healing power of art.

The 35 artworks on display form part of the Childhood Abuse Collection and were acquired by The Dax Centre in 2005. The over 400 artworks in the Collection were made by adults undergoing intensive psychotherapy at various trauma therapy centres in Melbourne. Visual art has helped these survivors make the past visible, expose deeply buried secrets and communicate with themselves and their therapists.

Acting director Emma Last: “The intention of this important exhibition is to help break the silence surrounding the abuse, neglect and misuse of children. Survivors of abuse speak of the healing power of using creativity to communicate things they found difficult to speak about.”

Opening Night
Wednesday 23 April, 6 – 8 pm, G3 Artspace, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale, 3195
Opening speaker: Mark Byrne, Acting Director Statutory and Forensic Services Design, Department of Human Services

Healing Childhood Trauma: A Guide to the Exhibition
Floor talk and question time by Dr Hassanah Briedis
Saturday 3 May, 2:30 – 3:30pm, G3 Artspace, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale, 3195
Gold coin donation

Beyond Words: Understanding Childhood Sexual Abuse through Art
Documentary, presentation and question time with Gillian Nikakis, OAM,
Credentialed Mental Health Nurse.
Wednesday 7 May, 6 – 7:30pm, G3 Artspace, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale, 3195
Cost: $25, Concession $20
For bookings and enquiries please call 9556 4440


Visitors are advised that the exhibition and related events contain explicit themes and experiences related to childhood abuse. Some may find this difficult and an age rating of 18+ is advised.

Image: Name of artist withheld, No title, undated, pastel on paper, 41.5 x 28.5 cm
“Crazy alter is horrified at what she sees. Can’t be true. must be crazy.” Artist’s description.

The Dax Centre at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

This May Be The Last Time (2013/ Sterlin Harjo/USA) and post-film forum
Monday 19 May, 7:15 – 9:35 pm
Venue: ACMI Cinemas, Federation Square, Melbourne
Cost: $18 Full, Conc $16

Join the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) and The Dax Centre for a screening of documentary film This May be The Last Time and panel discussion which will examine the importance of the Indigenous creative spirit.
Bookings: Visit HRAFF.

Healing Ways: Art with Intent
Tuesday 20 May, 6–7pm, The Dax Centre Gallery, Kenneth Myer Building, University of Melbourne, Genetics Lane off Royal Parade, Parkville, Vic 3010 Cost: Free

Special viewing with Charlotte Christie, curator of the exhibition Healing Ways: Art with Intent. Presented in association with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF)

Bookings: Visit HRAFF.

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