SECONDARY EDUCATION

The Dax Centre education programs for school and university students aim to break down the stigma around mental health and lead to a greater understanding of how mental health impacts people’s lives and the role of art and creativity in leading a fulfilling and mentally healthy life.

By using art as the key to opening up conversations about mental health, The Dax Centre provides an opportunity for artists to share their stories inspiring visitors to expand their understanding of and to reduce stigma around mental health.

Supporting many curriculum areas and capabilities, all Education Programs offered at The Dax Centre provide a safe and supportive environment in which students can engage in discussion and activities promoting mental health and wellbeing through art.

Programs on offer

  • Mindfields - VCE Psychology

    Mindfields

    Students gain a multidimensional perspective on artworks and mental health, encompassing the artistic, scientific and psychological. A biopsychosocial approach is taken when exploring the artworks and stories of the artists in our current exhibition.  

    The Mindfields program includes:

    • a guided tour of our current exhibition with an overview of the history of The Dax Centre facilitated by an Education Officer
    • a presentation by a mental health Advocate of their personal lived experience with a mental health issue.
    • a presentation by a neuroscience researcher demonstrating research design and methodology

    Recommended Year Level: 11 – 12
    Duration: 2 hours
    Curriculum links include:

    • Psychology
    • Ethics
    • Scientific investigations

    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $25 per student (excl. GST)


  • The Art of Wellbeing - VCE Psychology and Health and Human Development

    The Art of Wellbeing 

    Creativity has a positive impact on wellbeing and resilience. Students will explore, respond to and interpret a range of artworks in our current exhibition. Through sharing stories we aim to raise awareness and understanding of mental health, reduce stigma and foster empathy.

    The Art of Wellbeing program includes:

    • a guided tour of our current exhibition with an overview of the history of The Dax Centre facilitated by an Education Officer
    • a presentation by a mental health Advocate of their personal lived experience with mental health issues.
    • a hands-on wellbeing creative activity engaging students to explore ways to support their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.

    Year Level: 9-12
    Duration: 2 hour
    Curriculum Links:

    • Health and Human Development
    • Psychology
    • Art

    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm
    Cost: $25 per student (excl. GST)


  • Welcome to The Dax Centre (Year 7 -12)

    An ideal introductory program for a first time visit to The Dax Centre, providing an opportunity to hear life stories, raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health. Students will explore, respond to and interpret a range of artworks in our current exhibition developing a broader understanding of mental health.


    Welcome to The Dax Centre program includes:

    • a guided tour of our current exhibition with an overview of the history of The Dax Centre facilitated by an Education Officer

    Year Level: 7 -12
    Duration: 1 hours
    Curriculum Links:

    • Health & Human Development
    • Psychology
    • Art

    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $10 per student (excl. GST)






  • Welcome to The Dax Centre + Art Making Activity (Year 7-12)

    The Welcome to The Dax Centre + Art making activity program includes:

    • a guided tour of our current exhibition with an overview of the history of The Dax Centre facilitated by an Education Officer
    • a one-hour hands-on wellbeing activity

    Year Level: Year 7-12
    Duration: 2 hours
    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $20 per student (excl. GST)



  • Behind the Scenes (VCE Art and Studio Art)

    The Dax Centre offers an exclusive opportunity for students to go behind the scenes in an operational gallery. Students will view our current exhibition discussing the curatorial and design decisions as well as gaining access to curatorial working spaces and storage facilities housing the Cunningham Dax Collection. Students gain insight into the methods, roles and considerations involved in the preparation, presentation, conservation and maintenance of artworks for an exhibition and in the Collection. Specific legal and ethical considerations that are particular to the Cunningham Dax Collection will be discussed.

    The Behind the Scenes program includes:

    • a guided tour of our current exhibition with an overview of the history of The Dax Centre facilitated by an Education Officer
    • access to the curatorial working spaces and storage facilities housing the Cunningham Dax Collection

    Year level: VCE Year 11 & 12
    Duration: 1.5 hours

    Curriculum links include:

    • Studio Arts
    • Art

    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: $20 per student (excl. GST)

  • Self Guided Tours @ Dax

    Self Guided Tours @ Dax 

    Explore The Dax Centre at your own pace. View a range of artworks in our current exhibition to gain a broader understanding of mental health. The Dax Centre provides an opportunity to hear real life stories, raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health issues. Please refer to the Current Exhibitions page for details about the current exhibition. Bookings are required for all self-guided groups.


    Year level: School Groups 5-12, General public and community groups also welcome
    Duration: 1 hour

    Curriculum links include:

    • Health & Human Development
    • Psychology
    • Art

    Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.
    Cost: Gold coin donations welcomed on arrival. Bookings appreciated for groups over five.