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‍Artwork in image: Graeme Doyle, Untitled, undated, pen and coloured pencil on paper, 36 x 27 cm

Artwork in image: Peter Wegner, Medicated Man, 2017, oil on board, 31 x 28 cm. Private Collection


GRAEME DOYLE - medicated man

  • 3 May 2023 – 22 March 2024

    ‘I’ve taken more out of schizophrenia than it’s taken from me.’ - Graeme Doyle 

    Graeme Doyle (1947- 2021) was a prolific artist, musician, poet, and performer. Doyle, who lived with schizophrenia, is an intriguing figure in the landscape and history of Australian art. Collaborating with portrait artist Peter Wegner, Doyle appeared in numerous guises, revealing his vulnerability as a subject and the impact of his illness. Doyle’s own artwork was uncompromising and thought-provoking, challenging people's perceptions and confronting them with hard truths. He was an early advocate for the reduction of stigma and education of complex mental health issues, leaving a legacy that continues to inspire and inform.

    Schizophrenia affects approximately 1% of the population and is one of the most misunderstood and stigmatising mental health issues in society. It can be debilitating and damaging to people's lives without support strategies. However, with the right supports and care, people with the illness can thrive in society, as demonstrated by the life and art of Graeme Doyle. The Cunningham Dax Collection, which features over 80 of Doyle's works, only scratches the surface of the breadth and depth of his practice. For Doyle, art making was an integral part of who he was, his health, and his connection to society and its creative history. Featuring portraits of Doyle by Wegner, Graeme Doyle - medicated man traces the evolution of Doyle as an artist. The Dax Centre is proud to present his work and continue the joint purpose of education and stigma reduction.

Leeann Preddy and Tony Dowling

Land and Seascapes
6 September - 20 October 2023
  • ‘Land and Seascapes’ brings together two artists, Leeann Preddy and Tony Dowling, from Arts Access Victoria’s SRS (Supported Residential Services) Studios.  

    Leeann is a Melbourne-based artist who has been practising for many years. She draws inspiration from Australian Landscape images using references such as photographic books and Australian art history books.  She also uses memory and personal experiences to develop her work. Leeann grew up in the bush on rainforest properties and learned a lot about plants and wildlife as a child. There are so many different species of gumtrees and they are all unique in their own beautiful way. Through these works she hopes to capture the way they are…every tree is different, like every human is different. 

    “I think it’s my therapy, it takes me out of my thoughts and into the zone of what I’m drawing.” 

    For Tony, art is also therapeutic, an exercise involving learning and expression. He paints landscapes from reference books and pictures in magazines and is exploring adding fine detail into his paintings. He spent his early manhood surfing the West Coast of Victoria and his great love of the ocean is reflected in his works exploring the beauty of land, sea and sky. “I am really learning to appreciate my own art.”

    ‘Land and Seascapes’ invites the viewer to travel through the trees, across the sea and allow their minds to meander through all the places in between. 

‍Artwork: Leeann Preddy, Misty and Tony Dowling, Waves Crashing onto the Shore

Opening night

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Land and Seascapes

Opening night event 

Date: Friday 15 September

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Where: The Dax Centre, 30 Royal Parade Parkville

Light refreshments will be served from 5pm

Free event, all are welcome

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Opening hours

  • 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

    Gallery open hours:

    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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