EXCITING NEWS – The exhibition FROM THE FIRE is soon to begin at The Dax Centre!!!

Werner’s ‘Distorted Metal’ chosen for the Newsletter!

Image: Werner Theinert, Distorted Metal, 2009, digital print on metal, 120 x 120 cm,
The Cunningham Dax Collection

From The Fire

27 May – 30 October 2015

From The Fire brings together a selection of artworks made by people who experienced the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. This exhibition captures the destruction of the fires and the emotional aftermath, with a focus on the impact of trauma.

These artworks embody the physical and mental survival of the artists, which has been intimately connected to the changing landscape and the rebuilding of their lives and communities. From the Fire features a number of professional artists working across a range of media, as well as artworks made by children from Yarra Glen Primary School in the weeks, months and years following the fires.

Artists include Julie Goodwin, Werner Theinert, Ursula Theinhurt, Cornelia Selover, Louise Foletta,Bernadette Healy and Kate Zizys coupled with works created by primary school students from Yarra Glen Primary School.

The exhibition opens officially on 3 June 2015.



The DAX Centre
Kenneth Myer Building
The University of Melbourne
Genetics Lane off Royal Parade
Melbourne VIC 3010



WONDERFUL NEWS! Four of my paintings and four of Werner’s photographs have been accepted into the Cunningham Dax Collection, as part of the Bushfire Project ( creative responses to the Victorian Bushfires ).  The Dax Centre promotes mental health and wellbeing by fostering a greater understanding of the mind, mental illness and trauma through art and creativity.  The collection will enable the Dax Centre to preserve these experiences for perpetuity. The Dax Centre wants to create a dynamic and educational exhibition for current and future generations.  The exhibition will tour both nationally and internationally providing greater opportunity for public awareness and interaction.  The collection is also used educationally exploring the topics of trauma and its impact, recovery and the role of art and artistic expression.

For Werner and myself it is a great honour to have our works included in such a prestigous and worthwhile collection.  Though it was a little hard to let go of four pieces of work each, it was a carthartic moment to hand them over to the Collection Manager and the Public Programs, Professional Development and Partnerships Manager, and we spent an enjoyable afternoon telling our stories and discussing our works and finding out more about The Dax Centre.  Being part of this wonderful collection, truly heralds a new beginning for Werner and I and though the whole experience of fighting the Black Saturday fire and working through the aftermath has been often difficult and stressful,  it has also been an interesting and enriching experience for us both.  We will always be grateful to the many kind and generous people who have helped us along the way.

The  Bushfire Project Exhibition will be on display next year and I will let you know more as soon as I can.  The Dax Centre is open to the public and has many interesting and wonderful exhibitions to visit.  You can go to www.daxcentre.org for more information and also visit The Dax Centre, it is on the grounds of The University of Melbourne in the Kenneth Myer Building Cnr Royal Parade and Genetics Lane Melbourne 3010  The gallery is open to the public  Wednesday and Friday 10am-5pm and Thursday 10am-8pm