The Studio Dax Program is a dedicated art program and gallery space for people living with mental health issues based at The Dax Centre in Parkville

About the Studio Dax program

The Studio Dax program is The Dax Centre’s new arts program offering pathways for artists at all levels – from those with no experience to those with a current art practice who are looking for a supportive place to develop their skills and become professional exhibiting artists.

No matter what your previous art experience is the Studio Dax workshops are welcoming and supportive. They offer an opportunity for learning new skills, sharing ideas, developing art practices and making new friends.

How does it work?

Studio Dax is a term based program.
During a term, Monday through Friday, our Dax Staff Artists guide participants through approaches to a range of art mediums – including drawing, painting, mixed media, textiles and more. Participants will learn new skills and be exposed to a wide range art forms, helping you to explore your own creativity.
Participants have access to high quality art materials and equipment, as well as support to explore opportunities to exhibit and sell their work, including in The Dax Centre Studio Dax Gallery.

 Whether you want to try out an arts activity for the first time, improve your skills in art, build up a body of work for exhibition, or simply participate in creative activities, Studio Dax is the right program for you! 

The Studio Dax program is a fee for service program.  Participants have the option to pay for the program through their NDIS funding or may choose to self-fund their participation in the program.

I'm interested! How do I know if the Studio Dax program is right for me?

If you are interested in participating in the Studio Dax program, please read the questions below and if this sounds like you then submit a Registration of Interest form at the bottom of this page.
Once you have submitted the form a member of the Studio Dax team will then contact you.
  • Studio Dax provides a welcoming and supportive creative environment for people with a lived experience of mental health issues, psychological trauma and/or neuro-diversity. Do you identify with any of these?
  • Do you have a passion for visual art and creative expression?
  • Are you based in Melbourne and can travel to The Dax Centre to attend the studios? (we cannot support costs for travel and accommodation) 
  • Do you want to improve your skills in art, build up a body of work for exhibition, or simply participate in creative activities?
  • Are you interested in building relationships with other artists and making new creative connections?  
  • Do you work in, or want to explore, one or more of the following mediums? Painting, Drawing, Collage, Textiles/soft sculpture, 3D sculpture from paper or paper based materials?
  • Our program is only currently offered for people 18 years and over at this stage.
Studio Dax program dates
There are four terms in each year. Our terms align with the Victoria school terms.
Term 1 for 2023:
30 January - 30 June
The studios are open Monday – Friday, 12.00pm – 4.00pm.
Before a term commences, participants choose how often they would like to attend the studio per week based on their goals and availability. 

Attendance can range from one workshop per week through to attending five days per week depending on what suits each individual.

Interested in enrolling in the Studio Dax program?

Enrolments are now open!

Studio Dax - Registration of interest

If you are interested in the Studio Dax program please complete the form below, hit submit and a member of the Dax team will be in touch with you soon.
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Kenneth Myer Building
University of Melbourne
Parkville Vic 3010
+61 3 9349 2538 


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