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Finding Our Words


Thu 20 Jun 2019, 12:00pm–5:00pm
Fri 20 Sep 2019, 12:00pm–5:00pm

Where: The Dax Centre, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: media8xb

Finding Our Words will showcase a collection of artworks that have been specially selected from the Cunningham Dax Collection—a collection of more than 16,000 artistic works produced by people with a lived experience of mental illness or psychological trauma.

The powerful exhibition will explore new possibilities of expression through a variety of artworks including canvas paintings, watercolour, drawings, ceramic, poetry, video and audio as well as an immersive projection room.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings in the Poetry Forest—an interactive and suspended installation where everyone is encouraged to contribute to a community poem that will evolve and grow throughout the duration of the exhibition.

The exhibition will touch on themes of trauma, grief, stigma and belonging through visual and poetic artworks created by a variety of artists including poets; Paul Fearne, Sandy Jeffs, Tessa Gatt-Rutter, Gudrun Hinze and Geoff Prince and visual artists; Donna Lawrence, Emma McEvoy and Elizabeth Turnbull.

Throughout the exhibition, The Dax Centre will also host a number of public programs including:

- Poetry Reading (Thursday 4th July, 6–8pm), which will include a number of artists featured in the exhibition including; Sandy Jeffs, Tessa Gatt-Rutter and Gudrun Hinze.
- Open House Melbourne (Sunday 28th July, 11am–4pm). 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 area and the opportunity to view additional works from the Cunningham Dax Collection.

Admission to Finding Our Words and its public programs is free. For more information, visit Dax Centre website.