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Understanding mental health through art The Dax Centre creates compelling education programs that inspire young people and expand their understanding of mental health issues. Find out More Understanding mental health through art The Dax Centre is an elegant, contemporary venue available to hire for a range of events. Find out more Understanding mental health through art The Dax Centre is the custodian of the Cunningham Dax Collection of art, one of only four collections of its kind in the world. Find out more

About the Dax Centre

Find out more about The Dax Centre and how art making supports people with a lived experience of mental illness.

Introducing The Dax Centre

Introducing some of our artists

Listen to some our artists share their experience.

The Dax Centre

The Dax Centre is a leader in the use of art to raise awareness and reduce stigma towards mental health issues. Through our exhibitions and educational programs we seek to engage, inform and encourage community connections and conversations about mental health.

Our Origins

The Dax Centre houses the Cunningham Dax Collection of over 16,000 artworks created by people with an experience of mental health issues and/or psychological trauma. The art includes works on paper, paintings, photographs, poems, textiles, sculpture, journals and digital media. The unique Cunningham Dax Collection is one of the largest of its kind, with only four other similar collections of comparable size and stature in the world.
The Dax Centre
30 Royal Parade
Kenneth Myer Building
University of Melbourne
Parkville Vic 3010
+61 3 9035 6610
Open Hours

Wednesday to Friday
11.00am to 3.30pm

Last of each month
12.00pm to 3.00pm

We will close over the festive season from 3.30pm on Friday 18 December reopening on Wednesday 6 January 2021

The Dax Centre is part of the Sane Australia Group