Creature Comfort

We are excited to present our Cunningham Dax Collection show for 2021 – Creature Comfort

Humans have an important and timeless relationship with animals.  Whether it is an appreciation for the majesty of wild creatures or the unconditional love of a furry companion, animals can be a wonderful source of support for our mental wellbeing. 

Artists across the millennia have shown their appreciation for animals – ancient Egyptians honoured cats through painting, mosaics, sculpture and more, while the famous Lascaux Cave art in southern France gives an insight into how essential animals were to Palaeolithic culture.  Devotion to our four-legged friends is abundant in modern art, with Picasso, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney all dedicating many hours to portraying their beloved sausage dogs. 

The Cunningham Dax Collection’s rich source of animal imagery show that many artists with lived experience of mental health issues also found animals to be deserving of their artistic attention.  Creature Comfort is our way of saying thank-you to our non-human supporters for their love, companionship, beauty and inspiration. 

This exciting and diverse exhibition is open from Sunday 28th of February 2021 at The Dax Centre.

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Creature Comfort – Art Making Workshops

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Guided Exhibition Tours

Join us for a guided tour of the Creature Comfort exhibition at The Dax Centre

⁠From the cute and cuddly to the wild and woolly, this exhibition explores and celebrates our enduring connection to all creatures great and small!

Our Curator and Collections Manager, Julia Young will share insights into the artworks and the stories of those who created them.⁠


Friday 28th May


Tours will run for approximately 30 minutes

There is a cafe onsite and the number 19 tram stops directly out front


Bookings are required as group sizes are limited.

We warmly appreciate your $5 donation to attend the tour

BOOK guided exhibition tour

We look forward to seeing you at The Dax Centre!

The Dax Centre
30 Royal Parade
Kenneth Myer Building
University of Melbourne
Parkville Vic 3010
+61 3 9349 2538
Open Hours

Temporarily closed
Wednesday to Friday, 11.00am – 3.30pm
Sunday, every last of the month, 12.00pm – 3.00pm

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