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.
Learn about the artworks in the exhibition and the stories of those who created them.
Tours run once a month on a Friday. The tours goes for 30 minutes, you are welcome to enjoy the exhibition at your own pace after.
There is a cafe onsite and the number 19 tram stops directly out front of The Dax Centre.
Group sizes are limited so bookings are required.
We welcome your $5 donation to attend the tour
An afternoon of art making, self-care and connection!
As part of our current exhibition Creature Comfort join Bec Knaggs in The Dax Centre studio for a relaxed afternoon of art making, self-care and connection.
These experiential workshops are an opportunity to develop & explore our connection with the animal realm, using art making, healthy self-expression and self-reflection as a tool for ongoing personal mental health and well-being.
More workshop dates for 2021 to be announced soon!
"Your installation gave me a lot to think about, especially in relation to mental health and stigma. It is inspiring to see how you shine light on, and continue these important conversations."
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