About The Dax Centre

About The Dax Centre

The Dax Centre provides artists with lived experience of mental health issues opportunities for creative expression while fostering social change by expanding the public’s awareness of mental illness and breaking down stigma through art.

Founded in 2012, but with a history spanning back to the 1940’s, The Dax Centre is the premier gallery and education centre of it’s kind in Australia. We work with emerging artists with lived experience of mental health issues, providing a safe and supportive environment for the artists to exhibit their work, develop their art practice and raise the public’s awareness of these artist’s important cultural contributions. We also deliver education programs to secondary and tertiary students that inspire young people, expand their understanding of mental health issues and break down stigma.

We are the custodians of the Cunningham Dax Collection of art, one of only four collections of its kind in the world and the only Collection of it’s size and type in Australia.

The Dax Centre is proudly part of the SANE Australia Group.

Partnership with Contact Sheet

The Dax Centre and Contact Sheet collaborated together in 2019 on an exhibition by artist and Contact Sheet’s founder Paul McDonald. From this time the relationship has continued to grow.

Every $1 donated by Contact Sheet to The Dax Centre helps us to support emerging artists’ with lived experience of mental health issues achieve their creative dreams and deliver our education programs to students to reduce stigma towards mental illness.

To hear more about our work you can follow us on facebook, instagram or subscribe for monthly updates on our work and new opportunities for artists.

If you would like to donate directly to The Dax Centre you can donate via our website, all donations over $2 are tax deductible


Charmaine Smith (Director, The Dax Centre) & Paul McDonald (Director, Contact Sheet) - 'resonance' Exhibition Opening, June 2019. Kindly supported by The Dax Centre and Bridging Hope Charity Foundation.