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The Art of Making Sense

The Art of Making Sense

The Art of Making Sense is an exhibition of artworks drawn from the Cunningham Dax Collection created by individuals who have experienced mental illness and psychological trauma.  The exhibition shows the multi-faceted nature of such art, focusing on the historical, aesthetic, biographical and psychological dimensions of the artists’ creative works.

The exhibition includes over 70 creative works, mostly drawings on paper, but including paintings, collages, textiles and sculptures, created between the 1950s and today, many created in the context of creative art therapy.  Historic photographs and artefacts provide a glimpse into the asylum experience in Victoria in the 1950s and 60s.

This exhibition formed part of a research project whose aim was to develop an ethical, multi-dimensional framework for exhibiting art by people who experience mental illness and psychological trauma, and was funded through an Australian Research Council Linkage grant.


The Dax Centre

Exhibition History

The Dax Centre, Melbourne, May – November 2008

The Dax Centre
30 Royal Parade
Kenneth Myer Building
University of Melbourne
Parkville Vic 3010
+61 3 9035 6610
Open Hours

Wednesday to Friday
10.00am to 4.00pm

Last of each month
11.00am to 3.00pm

The Dax Centre is part of the Sane Australia Group