Sandy Jeffs
20070299_RT16Graeme Doyle The Horse – ‘A Poor Man’s Guernica’ or Landscape on Another Planet 1971-2000. Digital print of original drawing. Reworked with ink, correction fluid, graphite pencil, acrylic and felt marker on paper adhered to board, 105.1 x 140.2 cm. The Cunningham Dax Collection.

The Cunningham Dax Collection

The Dax Centre houses the heritage-listed Cunningham Dax Collection. Amassed over a 70 year period, the collection consists of over 15,000 creative works made by people with an experience of mental illness and/or psychological trauma and includes works on paper, photography, paintings, sculpture, artist journals, digital media and video. The Cunningham Dax Collection is the only one of its type and size in Australia and only one of three such collections in the world.

The Dax Centre draws on this Collection as the centrepiece for its on and off-site exhibitions, educational program which targets secondary and tertiary students, public and professional development programs and for the community at large. It also conducts research and specially directed projects in order to promote mental wellbeing.   The Centre’s multi-disciplinary staff work closely with artists, families and carers who donate creative works and the life stories to the Collection.

The Dax Centre partners and collaborates with organisations that share a common interest in improving mental health and promoting mental wellbeing by increasing and understanding of mental illness and psychological trauma.

Sandy Jeffs and Graeme Doyle, (whose works are held within the Cunningham Dax Collection) will provide a discussion/ showcase/performance of their poetry on the evening of Nite Art.

Sandy Jeffs describes herself as an old and submerging poet who has published five books of poetry including her best-selling Poems from the Madhouse. She has lived with schizophrenia for 39 years and for many years, through her public speaking and advocacy, has been a human face to this often misunderstood and disputed condition. In November 2009 her memoir, Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living with Madness, was published. Sandy lives on the outskirts of Melbourne with her friends and animals in a place where it is Christmas every day.

Graeme Doyle describes himself as a self-professed hobby artist since the age of eleven. This was followed by formal art training at eighteen years of age. Over his career he has been prolific with a practice that has traversed the visual arts (drawing/painting/printmaking), poetry, music and performance. Graeme has exhibited widely across not-for-profit galleries, public institutes and commercial galleries and is represented in many private collections, including the Phillip Morris Collection. He identifies as an Outsider Artist.

The Dax Centre, Kenneth Myer Building/ 30 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052


Sandy Jeffs
Graeme Doyle


The Dax Centre


The University of Melbourne