A vital part of the The Dax Centre’s engagement with audiences is through our public programs. Audiences can participate in activities that engage, inspire, educate and promote well informed conversation. The programs are varied and topical and may include panel and public talks, forums, film screenings, performances and artist talks. We aim to create experiences that are memorable and stimulating.

Coming Up

As part of our new exhibition Finding Our Words we will be offering a program of exciting and engaging community activities.

Thursday 4 July, 2019


Please join us for the Launch Event and Poetry Ready of our new exhibition Finding Our Words.

The event will include an introduction from Professor Peter Otto from the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, and poetry readings from three poets featured in the exhibition:

Tessa Gatt-Rutter
Gudrun Hinze
Sandy Jeffs

Sunday 28 July

For the first time ever, The Dax Centre will open its doors for Open House Melbourne allowing visitors to enjoy an exclusive guided tour of Finding Our Words, a behind-the-scenes tour of the curatorial and storage areas and the opportunity to view additional works from the Cunningham Dax Collection.

The tour will include discussions on mental health issues.  Information on support services such as Lifeline will be included with handouts at the end of each tour. Refreshments available.

Tours start: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Duration: 40 minutes
Bookings required:
Min age: 16 years

BOOK LAUNCH – ‘Rimbaud, An Unheard Cry’ by Paul Fearne
Thursday 29 August

Rimbaud, An Unheard Cry is a book written in poetic prose. It is addressed to Rimbaud as if he is in the room.

Launcher – Tom Bamforth

Paul Fearne was doing a bachelor of arts at Melbourne University when he had his first psychotic episode. He went on to do a masters at Melbourne, and a PhD at Latrobe. His first book, Diary of a Schizophrenic, was launched at the 2010 Melbourne Writers Festival. At that time he was interviewed on Radio National’s show ‘All in the Mind’ with Natasha Mitchel.

LEtGO of Stigma
Sunday 15 September

A world record attempt for walking across Lego barefoot. 

The Dax Centre is proud to be a Fringe Festival venue for a new production by artist Ferris Knight. 

Designed to inspire conversation, LEtGO of Stigma takes talk about mental health out of such a dark place to create a safe and accessible space for all to challenge their understandings. 

Based on own experiences of living with bipolar disorder, the Producer Ferris Knight aims to provoke conversations about resilience, invisible pain, functioning and more.

All welcome.  Stay for the full event or come and go as you please. 

Every Wed, Thurs, Fri until September 20

An interactive and suspended installation where gallery visitors are encouraged to contribute to a community poem that will evolve and grow throughout the duration of the exhibition.