Joanne Morgan, 29 cages 2018, mixed media, various sizes. Image from the Stigma: dismantled, revealed exhibition at The Dax Centre 2019

About Us

 We work with emerging artists with lived experience of mental health issues, providing a safe and supportive environment for the artists to exhibit their work, develop their art practice and raise the public’s awareness of these artist’s important cultural contributions. 

We deliver education programs to secondary and tertiary students that inspire young people, expand their understanding of mental health issues and break down stigma. 

Through our exhibitions and educational programs we engage, inform and encourage conversations about mental health through art. 

We challenge stigma towards mental health issues and start conversations that advance the understanding of mental health issues and build empathy. 

We are the custodians of the Cunningham Dax Collection of art, one of only four collections of its kind in the world and the only Collection of it’s size and type in Australia. 

Our mission: to advance the understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma through ART. 
Founded in 2012, but with a history spanning back to the 1940’s, The Dax Centre is the premier gallery and education centre of it’s kind in Melbourne.
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The Dax Centre Ltd is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with charitable/DGR status.

You can find out more about how to support our work here.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The Dax Centre is proudly part of the SANE Australia Group

In April 2018 The Dax Centre merged with SANE Australia, a national mental health charity promoting the wellbeing of the four million Australians affected by complex mental illness, which includes schizophrenia, bipolar, personality disorders, eating disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and severe and enduring mood and anxiety disorders.

The common goal of both organisations is to raise awareness of mental illness and its consequences and ramifications with an aim to reduce stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. This goal was a driving force for the merger. The merger provides new opportunities to grow The Dax Centre’s programs in Victoria and nationally. 


30 Royal Parade
Kenneth Myer Building
Parkville Vic 3010
+61 3 9349 2538 


Wednesday to Friday
11.00am to 3.30pm

Other times by appointment

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Part of the SANE Australia Group

The Dax Centre acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as traditional custodians of the land on which it operates. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging, and value the rich history, unbroken culture and ongoing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to country. The Dax Centre values diversity. We are committed to proving a safe, culturally appropriate, and inclusive service for all people, regardless of their ethnicity, faith, disability, sexuality, or gender identity.

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SANE is a public company limited by guarantee and registered tax-exempt charity with DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status.

Charity ABN 92 006 533 606. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. SANE, PO Box 1226, Carlton VIC 3053.