Child and Mother

on now until January 31st 2021

Patricia Stewart and Del Kathryn Barton met by chance and found an instant and immediate connection. In child and mother the two share a space as creatives, as women with lived experience of mental health issues, as mothers and daughters.

From Patricia’s extensive personal collection and works from the Cunningham Dax Collection, Barton has curated an exhibition celebrating Patricia’s unique aesthetic grown from her mental health journey.Including new works by Del Kathryn Barton made in response to Patricia Stewart’s extraordinary oeuvre spanning over 25years, child and mother is a rich visual exploration of relationships and connection.

The Dax Centre re-opened on Wednesday November 18th. We warmly welcome you to come in and view the child and mother exhibition. Our opening hours are Wednesday to Friday 11.00am to 3.30pm and the last Sunday of each month 12pm –3pm

Before you visit, view our two immersive virtual experiences of the child and mother exhibition below.


Click below to explore the child and mother exhibition in a self guided 360 degree virtual tour

Exhibition Catalogue – Limited release

A limited release, full colour, 98 page printed catalogue for the child and mother exhibition is available for via The Dax Shop 

At The Dax Shop you will also find a selection of original artworks by Patricia Stewart available for purchase.

FREE guided tours of the child and mother exhibition!

Starting January 15th we will be offering FREE guided tours of the child and mother exhibition at The Dax Centre

⁠Our Curator and Collections Manager, Julia Young will share insights into the compelling and moving works in the exhibition, sharing the stories behind the artworks and the artists who made them.⁠


Friday 15th January

Friday 22nd January

Friday 29th January


Tours will run on Fridays starting at 1.00pm and go for 45 minutes.⁠


The tours are free but you must register in advance.⁠ Group sizes are limited.

Register for a free guided tour here

We look forward to seeing you at The Dax Centre!

Supported by

The digital experiences have been made possible with support from City of Melbourne.


child and mother is showing until January 31st 2021. The Dax Centre will close over the festive season from 3.30pm on Friday 18 December and reopen on Wednesday 6 January 2021. 

You can find information on visiting The Dax Centre, including our COVID-19 safety measures here 

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