The Emotional World of Children
26 September – 21 December 2013
The beauty, simplicity and naïveté of children’s artwork are undeniable, but the inner world of the child from which the works arise is often unacknowledged or misunderstood.
The Emotional World of Children explores the emotional world of the child by showcasing a selection of artworks created by children in psychoanalytical psychotherapy sessions with renowned child psychotherapist Margaret Ericksen between the 1940s and 1980s. A variety of psychiatric disturbances are surveyed, whilst the importance of play, family and fairy-tales are also examined. The exhibition features artifacts and an especially commissioned documentary film on the history of psychotherapy in Australia.
The Emotional World of Children is supported by Readings.
On sale: The Emotional World of Children Educational Resource. Special exhibition price of $55 (ordinarily $75). Order it here.
Selected Works from the Cunningham Dax Collection
Until February 2015
Selected Works from the Cunningham Dax Collection brings together works that represent the broad range of experiences encompassed by the Collection. There are many dimensions to the creative works in this exhibition and the works can be understood from clinical, aesthetic, cultural, historical, social, moral and spiritual perspectives.
The works have been created in many different contexts, from art therapy sessions to community art groups, from hospitals to private homes and art studios. They tell the unique stories of individuals that have experiences of mental illness or psychological trauma.
The Door In The Dark: Selected Works From The Cunningham Dax Collection
3 September – 19 October 2013
We all have an inner life, a quiet and evocative space where we visualise our dreams and concerns. These art works, produced in many different contexts from institutional settings to the private homes of artists, reveal aspects of highly personal inner spaces. This exhibition, held to coincide with Mental Health Week, is an invitation to reflect on our own inner lives and the secret visual images we hold close to our thoughts. The Cunningham Dax Collection, housed at The Dax Centre, comprises over 15,000 artworks made by people who have an experience of mental illness and psychological trauma.
This exhibition will be shown offsite at RMIT Gallery.
Thursday 17 October 5.30–7 pm
Film Screening (with an Introduction by Dr Eugen Koh Director, Dax Centre)
Walk Away Renee (Unclassified 18+): Jonathan Caouette.
Acclaimed New York filmmaker Jonathan Caouette’s compelling movie about a road trip with his schizophrenic mother.
344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3001
Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday, 11 – 7 pm (Art After Work)
Saturday, 12 pm – 5 pm