STIGMA: dismantled, revealed

The Dax Centre has launched a new exhibition in its gallery that will showcase a wide variety of artworks that have never been seen before, to raise awareness and reduce stigma towards mental health issues.

This free-entry exhibition displays 66 pieces of artwork that have been exclusively curated by seven emerging and contemporary artists with a lived experience of mental health issues.

The exhibition explores the stigma and stereotypes towards mental health issues that exist today and will convey the self-stigma experienced by those living with mental health issues, as explored by the artists through their creations.

Visitors will enjoy a wide range of art including 3D sculptures, paintings, cartoon drawings, installations and weaving, created by exhibiting artists, Simon Crosbie, William Hawkins, Lucy Hotchin, Joanne Morgan, Cornelia Selovar and Kylie Steinhardt.

In a Dax Centre first, the exhibition is housing a resident artist who will transform part of the gallery space into a woven installation. Visitors can meet resident artist, Jessie Brooks-Dowsett, and work with her to co-create her woven masterpiece.

Jessie says art encourages curiosity in people and she is looking forward to visitors exploring their curiosity and contributing to her artwork.

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

  • Community Sundays will take place on 17th and 24th March (11am-4pm) where visitors will have the chance to meet the artists, take part in art-making activities, enjoy live music from Artful Dodgers Studio and indulge in an afternoon tea.

Last year, The Dax Centre became part of SANE Australia, a national mental health charity, thanks to an investment of $1.19 million from the Victorian Government. The two organisations have shared a common goal to reduce stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness for more than three decades.

The Dax Centre acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government and thanks exhibition sponsor, The Vizard Foundation.

Admission to STIGMA: dismantled, revealed and its public programs is free. For more information visit

Opening hours: Every Wednesday – Friday, 12-5pm and Sunday 17 and 24 March, 11am-4pm.

Anyone looking for information, support and guidance from mental health professionals can contact the SANE Help Centre on 1800 187 263 or from 10am-10pm AEST. For anyone in crisis, call:

  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Line 1800 659 467
  • Mensline 1300 789 978
  • KidsHelpline 1800 551 800

15 Feb - 7 Jun

Dax Centre

Kenneth Myer Building, The University of Melbourne, Genetics Lane off Royal Parade, Melbourne VIC 3000