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Published February 22nd 2013
Three reasons to go back to school
One goes to university for an education, but at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus, education need not always be of the academic sort. There are three small museums on campus, each with its distinct purpose and character, all with an impressive collection of art and history that will open up your mind and influence your perspective.
The Dax Centre is located at the lobby of the Kenneth Myer Building along Royal Parade. It exhibits art done by people who have had some form of illness, most commonly mental illness and cancer, or, who have experienced some form of trauma. These works reflect the transformative power of art and its contribution to the healing process of an individual.
Having had personal experience working with patients in hospitals, it was fascinating and moving to see the paintings and drawings, symbolic of the artists' emotional journey at the time of illness, as well as to read their personal accounts of that journey.
The construction of the Grainger Museum, also located along Royal Parade, was personally spearheaded and overseen by Percy Grainger, an Australian-American composer and pianist, in the 1930s, who wanted a venue to house his extensive collection of art - photographs, textiles, paintings, drawings, etc. - as well as items from his personal life.
This museum is an interesting and revealing look into the character and personality of a man widely renowned for his talent, imagination, and creativity. For lovers of music, this is an opportunity to get to know better a musical great. For all others, this is a look into the life of a man who fully engaged himself with the art of living.
Fondly called "the Potter", this museum is located along Swanston Street and houses three levels of art exhibits, including those from the extensive University of Melbourne Art Collection. Being directly linked with the university, exhibits and education programs bridge museum activities with the university's various curricula. Aside from that, they collaborate with living artists in creating innovations in the world of contemporary art.
The exhibits run for several months, and cover various themes. For their summer series, there are five ongoing exhibits, which includes the interesting Polish poster art exhibit, a look into a medium of creativity in Soviet-era Poland.
Each of these museums have their own cafe, so after a tour, drop in for a cup of coffee or tea and a sandwich. And as you sip and munch away, ask yourself, "What have I learned here today?".