Future Exhibitions

Healing Ways: Art with Intent

Screen shot 2014-03-05 at 11.43.28 AM15 May – 17 October 2014

While the cultural, aesthetic and economic benefits of the Australian Aboriginal art industry have been well documented, this exhibition seeks to explore contemporary Indigenous arts practice as a site of healing and a resource for emotional wellbeing. Artworks will be revealed as a source of resilience and cultural strength, as well as a medium to address the intergenerational effects of trauma experienced by Aboriginal people throughout a history of colonisation and dispossession.

The exhibition is presented as part of a larger project investigating the emotional aspects of Aboriginal art and its potential for healing among Aboriginal communities. The exhibition, along with a symposium and web-based resource, have been developed through extensive consultation with community leaders and experts in the field.

Artists include Billy Benn, Maree Clarke, Bindi Cole, Vicki Couzens, Lee Darroch, Robyne Latham, Sally M Mulda, Yhonnie Scarce, Patsy Smith, Dennis Thorpe, Peter Waples-Crowe and Lisa Waup along with works from community art workshops in Victoria, Papunya and the Kimberley.

Artwork: Yhonnie Scarce, Burial Ground (detail), 2011, glass, perspex, 97 x 206 x 81 cm, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Elizabeth Turnbull

23 October – 24 December 2014

This exhibition is the fourth in The Dax Centre’s program of solo exhibitions, which brings focus to the work of certain artists whose practice raises issues of particular significance within the field of art and mental health.

New Acquisitions from the Cunningham Dax Collection

23 October – 24 December 2014

This exhibition showcases artworks that have come into the Collection within the last three years, the majority of which have not been shown before. Showcasing drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and multi-media works, this exhibition gives prominence to the Collection’s living contemporary artists.


7 January – May 2015

Tears will focus on the emotional and expressive meaning behind crying and the psychological sources of tears. The social and cultural significance of crying will also be examined along with the biological facts behind tears.