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Daniel Coulson

Boxed In
14 September - 21 October 2022
  • Artist Statement

    When I moved into Supported Living, I did not have many art supplies.

    I was itching to do a large portrait, but the only large surface I had was a cardboard box. At first I thought it was a horrible surface to draw on because of all the corrugated grooves, but after finishing it, I really liked how those grooves and imperfections looked. It gave the piece a good feeling. I also enjoyed the fact that it was not a flat surface, that there was another dimension I could draw on, which also gives the boxes a nice presence in the room. It’s more than just a flat canvas on a wall.

    In this project Boxed In I wanted to talk to people in my life, those who live in supported living, about their experiences with housing and mental health. They shared their stories and I captured their expressions in the box.

    These boxes will be placed in public, exposed to the elements, putting them through a phase of change, evolving, and illustrating the subject's resilience and the reality of mental health.

    - Daniel Coulson

This exhibition is supported by:

Daniel Coulson, Change, 2022, charcoal on cardboard, 100 x 41 x 41cm 

‍Artwork: Lisa Waup, oneness (detail), 2022

Please join us to celebrate the opening of Adopted

Date: Friday 7 October

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Where: The Dax Centre, 30 Royal Parade Parkville

Light refreshments will be served from 6pm

All are welcome, RSVP required

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  • 5 October 2022 – 6 April 2023

    Weniki Hensch • Ebony Hickey • Peter Waples-Crowe • Lisa Waup 

    The Dax Centre is committed to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health issues and psychological trauma through art. Supported by the City of Melbourne, The Dax Centre proudly presents Adopted, an exhibition traversing the lived experience of adoption by artists Weniki Hensch, Ebony Hickey, Peter Waples-Crowe, and Lisa Waup 

    These creative projects, based on autoethnography, delve into the makers' personal journey of meaning-making from the complexity of their lived experience. The discourse of adoption has historically been framed from the adopter’s perspective. This exhibition gives voice to the adoptee and their evolution. The result is a series of unique narratives that confront issues of social and emotional well-being, marginalisation, identity, belonging, and crossing cultural boundaries.

This exhibition is supported by:

Studio Dax Program

  • Our art-making program has launched!

    The Studio Dax Program is our 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!

    Register your interest now to be part of our 2022 program

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  • You are welcome to view our exhibitions during gallery opening hours, there is no need to book and entry is free. For groups and guided tour enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find out more about our learning programs

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    Wednesday to Friday - 11.00am to 3.30pm

    30 Royal Parade, Parkville

"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."

Gallery Visitor, 2019

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Kenneth Myer Building
University of Melbourne
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Closed 22 and 23 September 2022

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