Raw Emotion: Contemporary and Historic Works from the Cunningham Dax Collection
Opens 23 October
Until February 2015 A selection of artworks will form a survey exhibition of the Cunningham Dax Collection, a collection of over 15,000 artworks created by people with a lived experience of mental illness or trauma. Within the exhibition, the Collection’s most recent acquisitions, donated by artists within the last two years, will share the gallery space with the Collection’s most historic works, created in psychiatric hospitals and institutions in the 1950s and 1960s, collected by psychiatrist and founder of The Dax Centre, Dr Eric Cunningham Dax. The works will reflect both the historic foundation of the Collection, along with it’s continued engagement with artists and community groups today.
Employing diverse media and techniques, the contemporary and historic works reveal the artists’ raw emotional experiences, often using the physical body in various forms of self-portraiture. These works are a testament to the enduring importance of creativity, self-reflection, and the power of the subconscious. Included in the contemporary acquisitions are artists David Apostol; Alison Colvin; Graeme Doyle; Kallena Kucers; Emma McEvoy; John Puli; Ruth Rich; and Elizabeth Turnbull.