Linden New Art Inc. Annual Report 2016

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Exhibiting Artists Table of Contents About Us Chairperson’s Report Director’s Report 2016 Exhibitions Community Engagement Report Communications Report Media Coverage & Value Online & Social Engagement Linden Studio Artists The Board The Staff Donor Acknowledgements Government Funding, Philanthropic & Corporate Supporters Audited Financial Statement


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Linden New Art Inc (Linden) aims to be a centre of creative excellence. As a home for new art we are open to bold ideas, to different ways of experiencing and seeing the world and oneself. We have established a strong reputation as a leading public gallery that focuses on presenting new contemporary art. Our exhibitions, events, printed and online resources provide audiences with the opportunity to learn, debate and explore contemporary art practice. As a key cultural asset for St Kilda and the broader Melbourne community we are proud to have been supporting contemporary art for over 30 years.


Linden focuses on presenting the work of mid-career artists to ensure that we support and engage with artists at this critical time in their career development. We believe displaying work by these artists provides them with an important opportunity to create a distinct body of work that extends their practice and brings new work to our audiences. Linden encourages our visitors to explore new art, experience new ideas and promotes new ways of thinking by providing starting points for conversations about the world that we inhabit. We believe this role is an important part of contemporary art and we aim to foster a curious audience that is open to engaging with new approaches and sometimes challenging viewpoints. Linden’s vision is to be one of Australia’s leading public contemporary art spaces. We aim to: > Exhibit quality new contemporary art by mid-career artists > Support and mentor artists engaged with Linden New Art > Connect with our community by providing exhibitions, education and public programs > Operate a well governed, managed and sustainable organisation.

IMAGE: Emma Crimmings announces the winners of the Linden Art Prize award in 2016. Photograph: Josephine Harkin.


IMAGE: Visitors to the opening of the Linden Postcard Show 2016-17. Photograph: Tom Pender.

IMAGE: Visitors to the opening of the Leith Maguire solo exhibition Heads or tails? Photograph: Josephine Harkin.


The changes we instigated in 2015 and the time we took in planning for the future were well received by our key stakeholders in 2016. I am pleased to report we ended our 2016 year with a surplus of $34,026. We move to new premises at Domain House from May 2017 – January 2018 whilst our wonderful building in Acland Street is renovated by the City of Port Phillip. At Domain House we will have a series of thought-provoking exhibitions as well as our much loved Postcard Show from 10 November 2017. When we return to St Kilda we will do so with a brilliant solo exhibition by Julia DeVille.


In 2015 the Board agreed to review our name – cementing our brand position with a compelling voice, a fresh contemporary look and feel and a bold, curious and creative personality. The brand change came to life in 2016 as it was rolled out through our collateral, programs, website, signage and marketing. It has received positive responses and support from our key stakeholders, the arts community and our visitors. Building from our name change and strategic direction review in 2015, 2016 sees Linden New Art going from strength to strength demonstrated by the following: > Our most well received and popular exhibition in the past three years was Alick Tipoti’s Langangu and Samuel Tupou’s Duplikator in July to October 2016 (other than the annual Postcard Show) and this show topped the website hits chart as well. The Board is confident that Lindens’ approach to working with mid-career artists, presenting new work, is proving successful and engaging for audiences. > We delivered an outstanding and impactful public and education program in 2016 and we out performed expectations with 57 initiatives putting us at number 3 in the Public Galleries Association of Victoria Benchmarking 2016 Survey. > Overall, close to 130,000 people have visited Linden in the last six years, averaging 21,000 per year. In the four years to the end of 2016, our percentage of visitors from CoPP has increased from 14% to 58%. These figures reflect our focus on consistently delivering value back to the community and engaging our audience with compelling and inspirational exhibitions.

IMAGE: (L-R) Elizabeth Wallace, Jenny Peterson, Simon Crosbie, Julie Shiels, Sarah Brennan, Chairperson, Linden New Art, Melinda Martin, Director, Linden New Art, Emma Coulter and Deborah While, 2016. Photograph: Josephine Harkin.


IMAGE: Sarah Brennan, Chairperson, Linden New Art, Alick Tipoti, Caroline Briggs, Samuel Tupou, Melinda Martin, Director, Linden New Art, 2016. Photograph: Josephine Harkin.

We also had several challenges during 2016 which we continue to work through together and are making positive progress. These challenges include: > The move out of Linden’s heritage building whilst the City of Port Phillip extensively renovates the facility providing the gallery with more exhibition space, room for merchandise and increasing accessibility, has been a highly collaborative process with the City of Port Phillip teams. This move provides Linden with an excellent opportunity to engage with new visitors as we work in partnership with The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne to co deliver programs > We have recently farewelled two staff who have been with the Linden team during our refreshment phase. Edwina Bolger and Jo Harkin have contributed to Linden’s success in many ways. Both have provided thoughtful and wellconsidered advice, exceptional commitment and creative nous. For their input, on behalf of the Board, may I say thanks, we wish them both the very best as they move into a new phase – working with them both has been a privilege. This provides Linden with the opportunity to review and optimise our staffing arrangements. > Fundraising continues to be an ongoing challenge however our Young Ambassadors program gained impetus through 2016 under the stewardship of Clementine Lucas and introduced a young, highly engaged cohort to the Gallery. As we navigate our way through our temporary re-location, this program will be on hold and will return with renewed vigour in 2018. In addition we appointed a specialist board member to help advise and guide us through our development strategy. Our Board has worked together very effectively through 2016 – with every member of the Board providing great value through their advice, direction and contributions. And for this I would like to say special thanks. We welcome two new board members – David Brand, is the City of Port Phillip’s Council representative who has extensive knowledge of Linden’s evolution and is a respected architect and Biheng Zhang who brings a wealth of experience and expertise in development, fundraising and philanthropy. In closing I would like to say thank you to the backbone of our organisation – the staff. They continue to amaze me with their good humour, energy and commitment, led with vigour and flair by Melinda Martin – our Director. Our sponsors and donors continue to provide unflagging support for which we are so grateful. And to the artists who exhibited at Linden – thankyou for your creativity and your commitment to Linden. You make us what we are – a leading centre for contemporary art that is bold, curious and creative. SARAH BRENNAN April 2017


2016 was another important year for Linden. Many of our achievements could not have been undertaken without the incredible support and guidance of Linden’s Board and its professional team of arts managers. In particular, our staff Edwina Bolger, Emma Matthews, Jo Harkin, Tom Pender, Siying Zhou & Jasmin McNeill who share an amazing focus, commitment to raising Linden’s profile and improving our program. I thank each of them for all their hard work, humour and passion for art.


We also farewelled some staff from Linden with Jo Harkin pursuing curatorial projects and Edwina Bolger pursuing her other passion for Pilates. We thank each of them for their hard work and commitment to Linden and wish them all the best with their future endeavours. Linden’s grand domestic architecture is a starting point from which artists and curators creatively respond. We would like to thank all the artists and curators who developed exhibitions for Linden in 2016. Without these artists and designers new work that explored a plethora of concerns Linden’s program would not evolve. 2016 saw Linden form several project partnerships with significant organisations and we thank the following organisations for their support: > National Gallery of Victoria > Kids on Tour program > Melbourne Chamber Orchestra > St Kilda Festival Thank you to the following judges who had the difficult decision of awarding prizes: > Our shortlisting judges for the Linden Art Prize 2016: Lyn Johnson, former Deputy Director, McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park and Mardi Novak, Senior Curator, Town Hall Gallery > Our finalist judges for the Linden Art Prize 2016: Emma Crimmings former Director of Gertrude Contemporary & current Assistant Director, Artbank, Melbourne and Anthony Fitzpatrick, Curator, Tarrawarra Museum of Art > The Linden Postcard Show 2016-17 judges: Michael Brennan, Former Acting Director, Latrobe University Museum of Art; Emma Buskowsky-Cox, Curator, Castlemaine Art Museum; Adam Harding, Director, Horsham Art Gallery; and Pat Mackle, Managing Director, Avant Cards

IMAGE: Emma Buskowsky-Cox, Curator, Castlemaine Art Museum, judging Linden Postcard Show 2016-17. Photograph: Tom Pender.


Thank you to the following people who officially opened our exhibitions: > Dr Susan Cohn, Object Future III > Emma Crimmings, former Director of Gertrude Contemporary & Assistant Director, Artbank, Melbourne, Linden Art Prize > Sue Roff, Executive Director, Arts Project Australia, Wild Lands & Heads or Tails? > Dr Liam Brady, Senior Lecturer, at the Monash Indigenous Centre, within the Faculty of Arts at Monash University, Lagangu & Duplikator > Carolyn Briggs, Chair of the Boonwarrung Foundation who officially welcomed the artists and guests to country, Lagangu & Duplikator. > Dr Michael Vale, Senior Lecturer, Monash School of Fine Art and inaugural Director of Linden, Linden Postcard Show 2016-17. In 2016, Linden presented 7 individual exhibitions displaying the work of 472 artists. Linden exhibited 914 new artworks and 54 previously shown artworks. Our program attracted, 18,953 visitors to the facility. Linden regularly surveys our visitors to gain a better understanding of their experience of visiting Linden and we are delighted that on average 89% of visitors are very satisfied by their visit to the gallery. We also gained a better picture of the demographics of our audience and these indicate that: > 95% of our visitors would recommend a visit to Linden to family, friends or colleagues > 33% of our visitors came to Linden for the first time in 2016 and 77% were repeat visitors > 86% reside in metropolitan Melbourne with 58% of these living in the City of Port Phillip > 85% of visitors come with somebody and utilise the gallery as a springboard for connection and social engagement (10% with friends, 65% with family & 10% with a partner) whilst 15% like to visit on their own > 55% of our visitors describe themselves as art enthusiasts, 40% as regular visitors and 25% as artists > 50% of visitors are Baby Boomers, 30% Generation Y and 20% Generation X and most are women (75%) > 70% visit based on our media coverage, 75% came from a recommendation from a friend or colleague, and a further 50% from checking social media. We continued to gather data on the visitor experience to St Kildaand we are proud to note that Linden is a starting point for social engagement that allows for connections between family and friends as well as contributing to health & wellbeing goals: > 60% of visitors had a coffee & visited an Acland Street Cake Shop (18%) and contributed $57,000 to the local economy > 38% of visitors shared a meal with friends or family and contributed $250,000 to the local economy > 35% had a drink overlooking the water and 47% enjoyed a walk along the beach > 43% visited the local shops whilst in St Kilda > 58% explored the local area where they work or live. Linden continued to measure the work that we do with artists to gain a deeper understanding of the impact our work has on the careers and lives of the artists exhibiting at Linden. The results indicate that: > 83% of artists had an extremely positive experience exhibiting at Linden, 87% would recommend working with Linden to another artist or curator and 88% felt that staff assisted them to present a strong exhibition. > 60% of artists were involved in a variety of our public programs and all found the experience positive (87% extremely positive) > 50% describe themselves as emerging artists, 42% as mid-career and 5% as hobby artists > 60% live in metropolitan Melbourne with 35% from interstate. We thank Rachel Feery from Shortplay Productions, who worked with us to record a range of interviews with artists and curators throughout the year. These provided a vital education resource and fascinating insights into the process of curating exhibitions and creating new artworks. Visit to watch these interviews. We are also grateful to David Marks for his stunning installation photography throughout the year, Jeremy Smart for assistance with the website and Gerrard Brennan for his design work.


> MAJOR FUNDING, PARTNERSHIPS AND SUPPORTERS All of Linden’s achievements would not be possible without the generous support we receive from government, philanthropic foundations and individual donors. We are incredibly grateful to: > The City of Port Phillip > Creative Victoria We are also grateful to the following philanthropic foundation for their support in 2016: > Community Enterprise Foundation through Elwood Community Bank – A Bendigo Bank Several individual donors also continued to support Linden and we thank them for their incredible generosity. Linden has continued to foster both cash and in kind sponsorships and in 2016 we acknowledge the support of: > Avant Card > Elwood Community Bank > eOne > Eckersley’s Art & Craft > MARS > Member for Albert Park – Martin Foley MP > Microhire > Napoleone & Co Ciders > Napoleone Brewery

> Omnus Framing > Punt Road Wines > Tolarno Hotel > Spotlight > St Kilda Art Supplies Prahran > Yarra Trams.

IMAGE: Pat Mackle, Managing Director, Avant Card, with artist Sam Deakins, Winner, Avant Card Postcard Award, 2016. Photograph: Tom Pender.


CONGRATULATIONS Many talented artists exhibit at Linden and we congratulate the following artists in 2016 for the following significant achievements: > Dale Harding, who exhibited in Outlaws in 2014, featured in UN NUMI LE FAU at Gertrude Contemporary > Jason Wing, who exhibited in Outlaws in 2014, featured in State of the Nation at Counihan Gallery > Fiona McMonagle and Abdul Abdullah were selected for the Basil Sellers Art Prize at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Both Fiona and Abdul have previously won prizes in the Linden Postcard Show. > Roberta Rich, a finalist in the Linden Art Prize, 2014, curated White Lies: As we know it at the Incinerator Gallery. > Nicholas Ives, who exhibited in Innovators 1, 2014; and Laura Skerlj, who exhibited in Innovators 3, 2014; both featured in Spring 1883 at the Windsor Hotel > Jasmine Targett, Debbie Symons and Jason Wing featured in Not Fair > Eric Demetriou won the 2016 John Fries Award for his work An Afternoon with Herb Jercher. And Jessie Bullivant, was highly commended for her video In the Event of Winning. Eric won the Linden Art Prize in 2014, and Jessie exhibited in Innovators 1, 2014. > Julia Gorman was commissioned to create an installation work for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Julia won the Linden Postcard Show, Best in Blue Award in 2015. > Danie Mellor, who exhibited in the 2012 exhibition Omission, was awarded a 2016 Australia Council Fellowship. We look forward to seeing you at the gallery again soon, encourage you to become involved in one of our many public programs and welcome you to join the conversation about contemporary art MELINDA MARTIN April 2017

IMAGE: Laura Skerlj, Innovators 1, 2014, installation view. Photograph: David Marks Photographer.


Since its humble beginnings in 2013, Object Future has become an annual platform in the Melbourne design community for exhibiting a combination of commercial and experimental design outcomes. With the constantly changing landscape of contemporary design practice in Australia, there is the continued need to represent emerging and established practitioners, in order to foster a community and renew discourses surrounding contemporary practice. Object Future III, curated by Dale Hardiman and Suzannah Henty, commissioned six design studios one year prior to its opening to make an object for the exhibition. In asking the contributors to reflect on their own practice and contemporary creative production, the exhibition presents a consideration into how and why objects are made. No constraint was outlined, allowing the contributors to respond specifically to the exhibition space, with the process through which they traversed determining the final outcome.


The contributors included: > Amos Enders-Moje, who explored recycling in design in his glass work Nested Light. > Coco Flip (Kate Stokes and Haslett Grounds), whose work Mayu introduced an entirely new material into their practice, exploring the possibilities and potentials of flexible and inflexible materials bound together. > Hamish Munro, whose practice has focused for several years on the ready-made and explores ideas of ‘adhocism’ both through jewellery, object design and sculpture. > Rosanna Ceravolo, whose installation Shapes explores composition, proportion and balance deriving from the arrangement of planar geometric components. > Hugh Altschwager, whose work focused entirely on production methods, exploring the potential of limestone as a carrier, as opposed to a final product. > A.C.V Studio (Anna Varendorff), whose work proposes a mechanism for potential through a series of lines.

Object Future III curators Suzannah Henty and Dale Hardiman were mentored by Simone LeAmon. The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resource: > Object Future III Artbites video > Watch HERE

IMAGE: ACV Studio, Have You Considered This?, 2016, brass, installation view. Photograph: David Marks Photographer.


ARTIST FEEDBACK > 100% of artists were curated into an exhibition > 75% of artists reside in Metropolitan Melbourne and 25% live overseas > 100% of artists indicated that they were emerging > 100% of artists found the experience of exhibiting at Linden a positive experience (50% extremely & 50% somewhat) Artists indicated that exhibiting at Linden provided them with the following benefits: A great opportunity for exhibiting contemporary design Anonymous > 15.03.16

The presentation of work in a gallery with such an important history Anonymous > 15.03.16 Different audience exposed to work Anonymous > 15.03.16 I’ve never done an art exhibition before so the experience was new and I learnt a lot about working within a gallery setting, liaising with the curatorial team, as well as creating work with the intent of bridging a divide between art and design. Anonymous > 11.03.16 MEDIA QUOTES ‘One of our favourite collections on display is the work by designer Amos Enders-Moje and his Melbourne-based design company Mo-en. Using recycled glass from the likes of the hospitality industry, general waste and commercial waste, Mo-en transforms discarded items into distinctive lighting and glass objects of usability, beauty, structural integrity and sustainability’. ‘Modscape’ > 30.11.2015

‘Object Future III’ at Linden New Art is celebrating its third edition this year, and it might be its best outing yet. The exhibition showcases six design studios who were each commissioned to produce an object specifically for OF III, with a focus on the process of making each object. Meant to provide an intimate look into the processes of six talented designers, the show highlights the individual methods of design by following each object through its developmental stages – from ideas, into prototypes, before finishing with the beautiful results.’ ‘Outlet’ > 17.11.15 VISITOR FEEDBACK > 100% of visitors were satisfied by their visit to Linden. > 75% of visitors would recommend Linden to family, friends or colleagues based on their visit > 50% visited Linden for the first time > 25% of visitors reside in the City of Port Phillip; 75% reside in metropolitan Melbourne; > 75% of visitors identified as art enthusiasts

A most impressive show Anonymous visitor > 16.01.16 Love the place! Anonymous visitor > 15.01.16 Great space. Great works. Anthony Cox, UK > 15.1.16


Linden was proud to present the third Linden Art Prize; a non-acquisitive award established to celebrate excellence and nurture a new generation of contemporary artists. The prize provides the winners with unique access to opportunities, knowledge and experience from established arts industry experts and organisations through its tailored mentoring program. The award is open to those who have recently completed postgraduate study from a Victorian University and the three prizes are awarded with the aim of supporting the transition from study to professional practice.


The prize winners included: > Linden Art Prize > $10,000 + tailored mentoring > Emma Coulter > Linden New Art Inc. Board Encouragement Award > $2,000 + tailored mentoring > Simon Crosbie > MARS Award > A commercial gallery exhibition at MARS in 2017 > Elizabeth Wallace The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resources: > Linden Art Prize Artbites video > Watch HERE > Linden Art Prize e-catalogue > Read HERE

IMAGE: Emma Coulter, Spatial Deconstruction #15, 2016, synthetic polymer paint on wall and floor, installation view. Photograph: David Marks Photographer.


ARTIST FEEDBACK Linden surveyed the artists in the Linden Art Prize: > 100% of artists found exhibiting at Linden as extremely positive. > 50% of artists would recommend working with the Linden team to other artists or curators > 50% of artists described themselves as recently graduated and 50% as established artists. Artists indicated that exhibiting at Linden provided them with the following benefits: I just wanted to write a quick email to say thank you so much again! I am so excited, as this comes at a perfect time for me, to make a real difference in my art career….It’s such a pleasure to work with Linden. I’m looking forward to catching up about mentoring soon…. Emma Coulter > 07.03.16

To be a finalist in the ‘Linden Art Prize’ is a privilege. To win one of the prizes is a great and humbling experience. The subject matter I choose to work with is personal and confronting. Throughout my life, the trauma I experienced as a child has persisted in the form of various obstacles. My art has become a means of tackling these obstacles. I try to tell my story and convey physical and emotional horror in ways where words are often inadequate. It has not been an easy process though I believe that the hardest elements I have confronted have been the ingredients that give my work most strength….Most people of my age are in the process of finishing their careers. For me as an artist I am just starting off. The ‘Linden Art Prize’ is a wonderful source of encouragement and affirmation for artists such as me…I want to thank the staff of Linden New Art for their kindness, patience and professionalism…. Simon Crosbie > 04.03.16 Thanks again for all your support and enthusiasm around the exhibition - I really enjoyed participating and it was a valuable experience in transitioning from academic to professional practice. Elizabeth Wallace > 04.05.16 MEDIA QUOTES ‘View the work of this year’s ‘Linden Art Prize’ finalists on display at the Linden New Art Gallery starting Friday, March 4. Encompassing painting, sculpture, photography, video and a number of other mediums, the two-month exhibition at the Acland Street gallery will showcase the talents of six postgraduates competing for the award, which comes with a specially tailored mentorship and a $10, 000 top prize.’ ‘Concrete Playground’ > 01.03.16

‘What happens after university? It’s a common fear, one that is particularly heightened in the world of art. That’s where the Linden Art Prize comes in.’ ‘The Weekly Review’ > 02.03.16 VISITOR FEEDBACK > 100% of visitors were satisfied by their visit to Linden. > 100% of visitors would recommend Linden to family, friends or colleagues based on their visit > 100% of visitors had previously visited Linden > 100% of visitors reside in the City of Port Phillip > 100% as visitors describe themselves as art enthusiasts

Very stunning, beautiful and thoughtful Anonymous visitor > 03.04.16 Another great exhibition. Amazing talent! Lance O’Reilly > 14.04.16 Emma Coulter! Brilliant in person, concept & execution. AP Worel > 14.04.16


Heads or Tails? was a special solo exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Leith Maguire. Maguire is fascinated by the complex relationship we have with native Australian flora and fauna. Images of this wildlife have been championed as unique symbols of national pride, and feature on mass-produced novelty paraphernalia where they have taken on a decidedly kitsch appeal. Native Australian animals are now enjoying a comeback as mascots for local conservation efforts, and are used as barometers to measure the extent of damage inflicted on the Australian landscape and its inhabitants through environmental instability and human intervention.


The works in this exhibition feature native species that dwell in areas on the north coast of New South Wales. This region includes Yuraygir National Park, and the adjacent Solitary Islands Marine Park, one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia. These drawings are not only a nod to the humorous (and often politically loaded) imagery featured in collections of Australiana, but also highlight some of the issues facing the animals that inhabit the area. The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resources: > Heads or Tails? Artbites video > Watch HERE > Heads or Tails? e-catalogue > Read HERE

IMAGE: Leith Maguire, Heads or Tails?, 2016, installation view. Photograph: David Marks Photographer.


Wild Lands was a collaborative exhibition developed in collaboration with Linden by Arts Project Australia. As urban dwellers, we spend so much of our comfortable lives living in separation from the wilderness, and although our domestic animal friends provide glimpses of the untamed, (an occasional scratch, hiss, or howl) their lifestyles, behaviors and habits have come to mirror much of our own. The animals that reside with us have adapted to our disciplined but often sedentary indoor lives with attachments to structured mealtimes and, in the cooler months, to the warmth of the heater or a human lap.


In contrast, the artwork in Wild Lands conveys an alternate view, with the portrayal of the exotic, the rare and the wild. This diverse representation of animals by six artists from Arts Project Australia reveals each artist’s ardent fascination with animals and demonstrates how these wild subjects define each artist’s work. Wild Lands offers a dynamic insight into the corporeal existence of wild animals, from their majestic fierce beauty to their uninhibited and untamed nature. The exhibition was curated by Sim Luttin & Melissa Petty from Arts Project Australia. The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resources: > Wild Lands Artbites video > Watch HERE > Wild Lands e-catalogue > Read HERE

IMAGE: Arts Project Australia, Wild Lands, 2016, installation view. Photograph: David Marks Photographer.


ARTIST FEEDBACK > 100% were invited into a curated show or to curate a show > 100% of artists/curators would recommend working with the Linden team to other artists or curators > 50% of artists described themselves as recently graduated and 50% as mid-career artists. > 100% of artists/curators found exhibiting at Linden as extremely positive. Artists indicated that exhibiting at Linden provided them with the following benefits: Connecting our artist’s work with a wider audience and collaborating with another arts organisation….Thank you again for all of the work you and your team did in supporting our exhibition Wild Lands. Mel and I really strived to present a show that would complement the solo show by Leith and we hope you are happy with the outcome. Our artists are happy campers today, so we have achieved one of our main goals! Sim Lutton, Curator, Arts Project Australia > 06.05.16

I’ve been meaning to get in touch to thank you for a great night - it was lovely, and thanks must also go to the rest of the team who made it so wonderful.…The opportunity to exhibit in such a professional setting, and to present work to an audience base I might not have otherwise connected with, was invaluable. I appreciated the expertise of gallery staff - the advice and help they gave throughout the exhibition process was invaluable. I also feel that I have the confidence to tackle larger, more complex creative projects after presenting a substantial body of work that included drawings of a scale not attempted before. It was an overwhelmingly positive experience and one I am very thankful for. Leith Maguire > 20.07.16 MEDIA QUOTES ‘Through her seemingly effortless ink-on-paper drawings, Melbourne-based artist Leith Maguire captures the beauty and grittiness of native Australian flora and fauna.’ The Weekly Review’ > 04.05.16

‘When walking in to the gallery on the left side is the ‘Wild lands’ exhibition, featuring the artists: Chris Mason, Bronwyn hack, Dionne Cazano, Michael Camakaris, Matthew Grove and Ruth Howard. This section was particularly interesting especially when looking upon the work of Bronwyn Hack. I was immediately drawn to these pieces because of the rawness that they seemed to have. The first thought that came to mind was “why did this person only want to portray wolves?” The closer and longer I looked at the pieces, the information I gathered from each individual work was that it was telling a story of a lone wolf. The pieces may not be extremely detailed, but the pieces themselves express an emotion that can connect to many people.’ ‘SYN’ > 14.05.16 VISITOR FEEDBACK > 100% of visitors were satisfied by their visit to Linden. > 100% of visitors would recommend Linden to family, friends or colleagues based on their visit > 100% of visitors had previously visited Linden > 100% of respondents reside in the City of Port Phillip;

Great show, Lovely Space. Both exhibitions were fantastic. C > 25.05.16 Great variety, kids loved it! Emma Cull, 10.07.16 Awesome, creative & cool! Maya Probst > 10.7.16 Leith Maguire – Outstanding! Rebecca & Gabriel, 17.7.16


IMAGE: Visitors to the opening of Wild lands, 2016. Photograph: Josephine Harkin.

IMAGE: Catherine Easton, Deputy Chair, Linden New Art, welcomes guests to Wild lands and Heads or Tails? exhibition openings, 2016. Photograph: Josephine Harkin.


Alick Tipoti is recognized as one of the Torres Strait Islands’ most dynamic contemporary Indigenous artists. Growing up on Badu Island, he learnt the traditional stories and language from his parents. He is a passionate ambassador for this culture through his visual art and dance and uses these art forms to inform, promote and strengthen Torres Strait Islander culture for future generations. The driving force behind Alick’s passion for creating his art is cultural preservation. Diminished because of the influence of Christian teachings Alick sees the possibility to save traditional language and revive ancient stories through visual art, songs and dance. Badu Island, the biggest community of the outer Torres Strait has been a leading community in cultural heritage for many decades.


Most of the stories presented in Alick’s work tell about life on the sea and the creatures that inhabit it. The imagery tells of the important relationship to man and the way in which the sea sustains the islander peoples both physically and spiritually. Alick explores the connection with spiritual ancestors through the representation of totems through his distinctively intricate and highly patterned linocuts. Often presented on a grand scale these stunning images fully envelope the viewer into a complex and dynamic narrative. The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resources: > Lagangu Artbites video > Watch HERE > Lagangu e-catalogue > Read HERE

IMAGE: Alick Tipoti, Lagangu, 2016, installation view. Photograph: David Marks Photographer.


Samuel Tupou was born in New Zealand to a Tongan father. Tupou’s signature works feature vivid colour-scapes, that incorporate pop sensibilities with street art techniques combined with patterns of traditional Tongan Tapa designs. Using silkscreen printing on to layers of Perspex and PVC, Tupou’s works are multilayered both in appearance and cultural context. A defining moment for Samuel both personally and artistically came in 1998 with a trip to Tonga with his father and brother. It was during this visit that Samuel was truly first exposed to the immense repertoire of patterning through traditional Tapa (Ngatu) cloth. Samuel describes an overwhelming feeling of reverence and pride in viewing these incredibly detailed highly patterned large-scale cloths and even more importantly a connection to culture that he previously had not experienced. For Samuel it was the discovery of the source of his culture an emotional connection and an empowering vision from where to draw inspiration for his future work.


In Duplikator we find Samuel’s signature use of vivid colours, pop sensibility, and street art techniques combined with patterns inspired by Ngatu designs. Adapting printmaking techniques such as silkscreen and printing onto layers of Perspex and PVC cut into shapes, his works are multi-layered both in appearance and cultural context. Central to his work are the exploration of themes covering migration, culture clash and loss of connection to culture. In this exhibition Samuel merges these themes, family history, memory and tradition within a modern visual framework, focusing on elements that unite through the use of recurring design motifs and patterning and thus the convergence of cultures. The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resources: > Duplikator Artbites video > Watch HERE > Duplikator e-catalogue > Read HERE

IMAGE: Samuel Tupou, Duplikator, 2016, installation view. Photograph: David Marks Photographer.


ARTIST FEEDBACK Linden surveyed artists from these exhibitions. > 100% of artists/curators would recommend working with the Linden team to other artists or curators > 100% of artists described themselves as mid-career artists. > 100% of artists/curators found exhibiting at Linden as extremely positive. > 100% were invited into a curated show or to curate a show > 100% of artists reside interstate (Queensland)

The opportunity to develop new work (for the exhibition), and present this to a Melbourne audience, networking opportunities. Media coverage and increased exposure for my arts practice as well as sales of my artwork. Alick Tipoti > 06.11.16 MEDIA QUOTES ‘Featuring an unparalleled poignancy and texture, Alick Tipoti’s Lagangu is being showcased at the Linden New Art gallery. Filled with an array of lino-prints, paintings and sculptures, Tipoti illustrates a reflective translation of his traditional childhood into contemporary culture.’ ‘Speaker TV’ > 01.07.16

‘One of the Torres Straight Islands’ most dynamic artists, Tipoti will present a selection of lino-prints, paintings and sculptures that reflect his culture and depict many meaningful symbols about the land, sea and sky through customary Torres Straight patterns.’ ‘Australian Arts Review’ > 12.07.16 VISITOR FEEBACK > 70% of respondents were satisfied by their visit to Linden. > 100% of respondents would recommend Linden to family, friends or colleagues based on their visit > 67% of visitors had previously visited Linden & 33% visited Linden for the first time > 67% of visitors reside in metropolitan Melbourne and 33% were from interstate

Love the Dugong works Anonymous > 23.07.16 Loved the Dugong triptych Meg Ady > 24.08.16 Loved the Tipoti exhibition Josh from Canada > 27.08.16 Inspiring artwork, beautifully presented Jan & Bruce > 02.10.16


IMAGE: (L-R) Alick Tipoti and Samuel Tupou at the opening of their exhibitions, 2016. Photograph: Josephine Harkin.

IMAGE: Guests attending the opening of Lagangu and Duplikator, 2016. Photograph: Josephine Harkin.


The Linden Postcard Show is an open entry exhibition for all artists from hobbyist, emerging to established, and celebrated its 26th year in 2016. All works entered must be small format and measure no larger or smaller than 8 x 10 inches. There were over $10,000 worth of prizes to be won!


The 2016 judges were: > Michael Brennan, Acting Artistic Director, La Trobe University Museum of Art
 > Emma Busowsky Cox, Curator, Castlemaine Art Museum
 > Adam Harding, Director, Horsham Regional Art Gallery
 > Pat Mackle, Managing Director, Avant Card

The winners were: > First Prize > The winner of the Linden Postcard Show 2016 Award of $5,000 cash > KATE GOLDING, Unlearning Cook, Part One, 2016. Proudly supported by an anonymous donor. > Second Prize > The winner of the Avant Card Postcard Award of $1,500 cash prize & work reproduced on a Linden postcard for sale > SAM DEAKINS, Ophelia, 2016. Proudly supported by Avant Card > Third Prize > The winner of the Artist Encouragement Award of $1,500 cash > GARY R. GRANT, Siucar, 2016. Proudly supported by the Elwood Community Bank > Fourth Prize > The winner of the Best in Blue Award of $500 hamper of art materials & $500 voucher to purchase art materials in store > KELLY WALLWORK, Impending, 2016. Proudly supported by Eckersley’s Art & Craft > Member for Albert Park Award > The winner of the Member for Albert Park Award of $600 cash prize & image reproduced on a greeting card for use by the Member for Albert Park > HANNAH MEADE, Bea at the Beach, 2016.
 > Omnus Framing Award > The winner of the $500 framing voucher > JOHN SKILLINGTON, Weed, 2016.

IMAGE: Linden Postcard Show 2016-17, 2016, installation view. Photograph: David Marks Photographer.


ARTIST FEEDBACK > 86% of artists found the experience of exhibiting in the Linden Postcard Show positive > 85% of artists entered in the Linden Postcard Show because they wanted a chance to show their work > 77% of entrants live in Metropolitan Melbourne; 14% in Regional Victoria and 10% interstate > 23% would describe themselves as hobby artists; 10% a current art student; 52% as an emerging artist; 9% as a mid-career artist & 5% as an established artist > 81% of entrants are likely to enter the show in 2017-18

I’m so grateful to Linden and Eckersley’s, and still over the moon : ) Kelly Wallwork > 31.10.16 Apologies for missing your message yesterday. I was delighted to learn of the award this morning, and have arranged to get to St Kilda on Tuesday the 25th to see the show. Gary R Grant > 22.10.16 MEDIA QUOTES ‘Kelly Sullivan’s 8 x 10 inch tribute to Prince titled ‘Boy with The Pearl Earring’ will be a highlight of this year’s ‘Linden Postcard Show’ in St Kilda, Melbourne.’ ‘The Australian’ > 26.09.16

‘That most undervalued of art forms, the humble postcard, gets its time to shine at the latest edition of the Postcard Show at Linden New Art in St Kilda. Now in its 26th year, this unique exhibition showcases hundreds of small-format contemporary artworks submitted by professional artists and amateurs alike. And why wouldn’t you contribute something when there’s more than $10k up for grabs?’ ‘Concrete Playground’ > 21.10.16 VISITOR FEEDBACK > 100% of respondents very satisfied by their visit to Linden. > 100% of respondents would recommend Linden to family, friends or colleagues based on their visit > 67% of visitors had previously visited Linden & 33% visited Linden for the first time > 67% of respondents reside in the City of Port Phillip; 0% reside in metropolitan Melbourne; 33% visited from regional Victoria; and 0% were from interstate

Great Anonymous visitor > 30.10.16 Such a beautiful bright venue Anonymous visitor > 30.10.16 Excellent standard of work this year! Anonymous > 08.11.16 Thank you! I liked it a lot! Very inspiring. Alexia Rosier, Brussels > 23.11.16 Beautiful artwork. Thank you! James & Michael Kneipp > 11.12.16


In 2016 with support from the Bendigo Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation through Elwood Community Grants Program Grant, Linden delivered a diverse range of education based public programs aimed at encouraging insights into contemporary art practice and ideas. Our range of community engagement programs programs were designed to support the 2016 exhibition program. The series of informal talks, conversations, presentations and creative workshops offered provided opportunities for people to meet artists, curators, industry professionals and specialists in their respective fields and for children and adults to engage in creative workshops in response to exhibitions.


Some of the programs offered included: > ‘Meet the Artist’ and ‘Meet the Curator’ talks held in conjunction with exhibitions in which artists and curators discussed themes and ideas explored in exhibited art works. > ‘Artist Speakeasy’ professional development workshops which enabled visual artists to hear from other artists and industry professionals who offered advice, expertise and guidance for various aspects of their practice. > An ‘In Conversation’ dinner held at Circa, The Prince at which guest speakers were invited to participate in a dialogue with guests about issues and themes pertinent to exhibitions at Linden. > ‘On Holidays at Linden’ which offered opportunities for primary school aged children to explore exhibitions and artworks and develop their own imaginative thinking and practical art-making skills in creative workshops. The range of events offered facilitated opportunities for participants to deepen their knowledge, learn from and be inspired by contemporary art and artists. Linden’s exhibitions provided starting points for discussions and presentations from a variety of speakers. Our series of Sunday afternoon Crafternoon workshops continued to be popular and provided with participants with the opportunity to pursue creative endeavours, learn new skills, engage with other people and create something in a supportive and welcoming group environment.

IMAGE: Guests attending Meet the Winning Artists of the Linden Art Prize 2016 listen to Emma Coulter, winner discussing her work. Photograph: Emma Matthews.


Collaborative partnerships with the National Gallery of Victoria’s Children’s Programs, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the St Kilda Festival, resulted in the delivery of a range of community engagement programs that enabled Linden to expand its audience reach and further develop public awareness of the gallery and its programs. MEET THE ARTISTS/DESIGNERS OR CURATORS > Meet the Maker: A.C.V Studio Guests joined A.C.V Studio (Anna Varendorff) in a discussion of her studio’s practice and the process of hand-making the objects crated for Object Future III. Date: Wednesday 10 February 2016, 6.30-7.30pm Cost: Free Attendance: 6 > Meet the Winning Artists of the Linden Art Prize 2016 Guests joined exhibition curator Edwina Bolger and the winning artists as they discussed their work in the Linden Art Prize 2016. Date: Sunday 17 April 2015, 2.00pm-3.00pm Cost: Free Attendance: 21 > Meet the Artist: Leith Maguire Guests joined artist Leith Maguire for a discussion of her exhibition and practice. Leith’s work is informed by her interest in observing and documenting the impact that human intervention and environmental instability have had on endemic plant and animal species landscapes. Date: Saturday 14 May 2016, 2.00pm-3.00pm Cost: Free Attendance: 8 > Meet the Curators: Sim Luttin & Melissa Petty Guests heard Arts Project Australia Gallery Manager and Curator Sim Luttin and Gallery Assistant, Melissa Petty talk about the exhibition and Arts Project artists featured in Wild Lands. Date: Saturday 21 May 2016, 2.00pm-3.00pm Cost: Free Attendance: 24 > Meet the Artist: Samuel Tupou Guets joined artist Samuel Tupou for a discussion about his practice and some of the themes, social and cultural references present in his screen-printed acrylic works exhibited at Linden. Date: Saturday 23 July 2016, 2.00pm-3.00pm Cost: Free Attendance: 11


ON HOLIDAYS AT LINDEN > NGV Kids on Tour at Linden In conjunction with NGV Kids on Tour, Linden hosted free ‘drop in’ hands-on creative activities for kids. Children and their families had the opportunity to engage with the art and the NGV’s Summer Program of exhibitions including Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei in a range of drawing & making activities. Dates: Tuesday 19 January, Wednesday 20 January & Thursday 21 January 2016, 11am-1pm Cost: Free Attendance: 43 > NGV Kids on Tour at Linden: Hermannsburg Footy Pots Inspired by the artwork and practice of the Hermannsburg Potters, who belong to a small Indigenous community 130km southwest of Alice Springs, children were invited to complete their own 3D paper pot depicting their favourite footy team or footy moment. Date: Friday 22 January 2016, 11am – 12noon & 1pm-2pm Cost: Free Attendance: 8 > On Holidays at Linden Linden Art Prize finalist Deborah White’s art practice uses humour and fantasy to transform her personal everyday stories. Primary aged school children joined Deborah to explore fun and surprising ways to experience the joy of art making and performance. Date: Thursday 7 April 2016, 10.30am-12pm Cost: $11 including materials Attendance: 20 > On Holidays at Linden - Kid’s drawing workshops with artist Leith Maguire The unique physical traits displayed by Australian fauna are of endless fascination to artists and scientists alike. Children were encouraged to think about biology and the environment, and created their own weird and wonderful re-imaginings of well-recognised native Australian animals using inks and other drawing materials. Session 1: Tuesday 28 June 2016, 10am-11.30am Cost: $11 Attendance: 15 Session 2: Tuesday 28 June 2016, 1.30pm-3pm Cost: $11 Attendance: 17 > On Holidays at Linden: Pet Portraits with artist Mary Neighbour Children were able to create a convincing portrait of their pet. Working from a photo, they were shown the steps necessary to create a good likeness by artist Mary Neighbour. Mary is a Melbourne artist who makes paintings, collage & pottery. She loves to paint dogs and has painted many pet portraits on commission. Date: Friday 23 September 2016, 10.30am-12noon Cost: $11 including materials Attendance: 10 > On Holidays at Linden: Publish Me Workshop with Kids Own Publishing Children were invited to participate in a workshop with Kids Own Publishing artist Lisa Gardiner who showed them how to write and illustrate their own origami-fold book for publication. They were able to draw inspiration from themes explored in the works of exhibiting artist Samuel Tupou. Date: Wednesday 28 September 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm Cost: $18 including materials Attendance: 10


IMAGE: Linden Art Prize 2016 artist Deborah White with children attending the On Holidays at Linden program in April 2016. Photograph: Melinda Martin.

IMAGE: Leith Maguire and a participant at On Holidays at Linden: Kid’s Drawing Workshop with artist Leith Maguire, 2016. Photograph: Emma Matthews.


CRAFTERNOONS > Childrens’ Crafternoon - Design & Make workshop Taking inspiration from the objects exhibited in Object Future III, kids designed and made their own invention. The workshop was facilitated by Maker Minds – an education initiative aimed at encouraging kids to think and create using technology in art. Date: Sunday 21 February 2016, 2pm-4pm Cost: $22 including materials Attendance: 12 > Adults’ Crafternoon - Cyanotype workshop Participants were invited to be inspired by English botanist and photographer Anna Atkins (1799-1871) who documented plants using the (then) newly invented practice of cyanotype. At the end of the workshop, participants made three beautiful cyanotype prints on archival rage paper. The workshop was facilitated by Eleanor Louise Butt who holds a BFA (Hons) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Eleanor has exhibited in Melbourne and Sydney. Date: Sunday 6 March 2016, 2pm-4pm Cost: $40 including materials Attendance: 14 > Childrens’ Crafternoon – Figurative Sculpture Using modern materials, traditional sculpture techniques and clever tricks children used modeling clay to make their own sculpture of a person to take home. Multidisciplinary artist Leonie Rhodes facilitated this workshop in which children will use armature stands and be guided through the practical skills needed to create their own unique figurative sculpture. Date: Sunday 15 May 2016, 2pm – 4pm Cost: $22, including all materials Attendance: 20 > Adults’ Crafternoon - Introduction to drawing with artist Leith Maguire This workshop was aimed at beginners, and covered the basics of observational drawing including the use of line to create tone and form. Participants were encouraged to explore and experiment with different methods of (and approaches to) media application, and then created their own compositional drawing - taking inspiration from objects found in nature. Date: Sunday 5 June 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm Cost: $40 including materials Attendance: 11 > Adults’ Crafternoon - Indigenous Basketry participants joined fibre-design artist, Adrienne Kneebone for this hands-on workshop in which they learned the ancient craft of twined basketry. They learned how to harvest leaves, vines and grasses for weaving, how to prepare them and what traditional techniques to use. At the end of the session, participants took home their own hand woven beautiful functional basket/work of art. Date: Sunday 28 August 2016, 1.00pm-4.00pm Cost: $55 including materials Attendance: 15 > Adults’ Crafternoon - Pet Portraits with artist Mary Neighbour participants joined Linden Postcard Show artist Mary Neighbour for a workshop where they learned some of the tips and techniques needed to produce a convincing portrait of their beloved canine companion. Working from a photo of their pet, they were guided through the steps necessary to paint a good likeness of your pooch. Date: Sunday 9 October 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm Cost: $50 per person including materials Attendance: 7


> Adults’ Crafternoon - Moveable Collage with Jacqui Stockdale Learn some fundamentals of creating moveable paper collages with Melbourne artist Jacqui Stockdale, founder of ART CLASS CO. Jacquihe has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, winning numerous awards, including the Doug Moran Prize in 2012 and the recent Australia Council Barcelona Studio Residency. Date: Sunday 13 November 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm Cost: $44 including materials Attendance: 16

IMAGE: A participant’s artwork produced at the Adults’ Crafternoon: Indigenous Basketry workshop, 2016. Photograph: Emma Matthews.

IMAGE: A participant at the Childrens’ Crafternoon: Figurative Sculpture workshop, 2016. Photograph: Emma Matthews.


ARTIST SPEAKEASY > Artist Speakeasy: Video Boot Camp PhD candidate Brie Trennery discussed professional practice issues in the making of moving image works, from video art to expanded cinema. Brie shared advice on practical concerns of working with digital video, including use of software, cameras, screens and ethical issues. A panel of leading artists joined the discussion and shared information, tips and advice. Date: Tuesday 22 March 2016 Time: 6.30-7.30pm Cost: $11 Attendance: 25 > Artist Speakeasy: Public Art with Penny Teale & Louise Paramor Penny Teale, Senior Curator at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery started a conversation about public art commissions - the submission process and installing sculpture in public spaces. Penny talked about the biennial Southern Way McClelland Commissions, a program of 14 public commissions that commenced in 2011. Artist Louise Paramor, who has been commissioned for several permanent public sculptures, the most recent being the Panorama Station on the Peninsula Link Freeway, Melbourne (2012). Louise graduated from the Western Australian Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting (1985) and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Sculpture at the Victorian College of the Arts (1988). McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery is Australia’s leading centre for sculpture and aspires to lead the international conversation between art and environment. Date: Tuesday 24 May 2016, 6.30pm-7.30pm Cost: $11 Attendance: 18 > Artist Speakeasy: Reframing Finance If you thought finance was all spreadsheets and calculators think again. In this workshop, Rhiannon Robinson took participants through an alternative way to think about your financial security and independence. Using her background in psychology, education, entrepreneurship and management Rhiannon helped participants to discover a different lens through which to view their financial resources and capabilities. They learned about the financial gains and personal freedoms that can come from treating your finances like an entrepreneur rather than an average wage and salary earner. Rhiannon Robinson founded Finance Women, a specialist financial planning service. Finance Women empowers clients from all walks of life, focusing on building financial independence, flexibility, security and confidence, whilst not losing sight of the practicalities of day to day life. Date: Thursday 4 August 2016, 6.30pm-7.30pm Cost: $11 Attendance: 11

IMAGE: Participants at the Artist Speakeasy: Public Art with Penny Teale and Louise Paramor, 2016. Photograph: Emma Matthews.


IN CONVERSATION DINNER > In Conversation Dinner: Alick Tipoti & Samuel Tupou Guests joined artists Alick Tipoti & Samuel Tupou for a dinner at Circa, The Prince. Alick Tipoti is a Torres Strait Islander whose artistic practice is guided by the traditional cultural practices of his people – their stories, songs, languages, art and performance. New Zealand born Samuel Tupou is known for his vivid colour, pop sensibility, industrial materials and street art techniques that are combined with patterns of traditional Tongan Tapa designs drawn from his heritage. Date: Wednesday 20 July 2016, 7.30pm-10.30pm Cost: $85 per person Attendance: 36 SPECIAL EVENTS > St Kilda Festival: Live n’ Local at Linden Visitors were invited to drop in and enjoy free music in the grounds of Linden New Art. Visitors enjoyed a workshop and performance by African Star Dance & Drumming Company at 2pm and a performance by Alt-Latin musicians, Funkalleros at 3.30pm Date > Saturday 13 February 2016, 2pm-4.30pm Cost > Free Attendance > 80 > Linden New Art Young Ambassadors – Collecting Art with Confidence Young professionals with an interest in collecting art were invited to join Linden New Art Gallery Director, Melinda Martin & Curator, Edwina Bolger in a lively discussion about collecting contemporary art. Both passionate art enthusiasts who have worked for some of Australia’s leading commercial and public galleries shared their knowledge and expertise. Attendees were provided with tips about how to collect contemporary art with confidence. Date: Thursday 11 August 2016, 6.30-8.30pm Cost: $33 per person Attendance: 31 > Linden New Art Young Ambassadors – Postcard Show Preview Linden Young Ambassadors program brings together a group of young professionals (25-40 years old) looking for inspiring conversations, interesting debates and learning about contemporary art. This event gave participants a chance to discover that special gem that they just couldn’t live without. It was a great opportunity to meet other young professionals and have a very special preview before the official opening. Date: Thursday 20 October 2016, 6.00pm-8.00pm Cost: $45 per person Attendance: 32 > MCO Clarinet Heaven In conjunction with the Linden Postcard Show, Victoria’s leading small professional orchestra Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, returned to Linden for an intimate chamber music performance featuring Mozart’s timeless Clarinet Quartet. Date: Saturday 29 October 2016, 4.15pm-5.30pm Cost: $59 per person Attendance: 40


In 2016, Linden New Art worked hard to cement its commitment to the presentation and promotion of mid-career artists through both the delivery of a strong exhibition program and a consistent and clear communication strategy. We continued to produce and distribute our printed quarterly calendar, which highlights current and upcoming exhibitions and related public programs and events at Linden New Art. The regularity and visual consistency of these calendars has helped to raise awareness of the Linden brand, as the calendar continues to appear at a growing number of outlets, both locally and further afield.


We strengthened our relationships with our fellow City of Port Phillip businesses through the regular presentation of both our printed quarterly calendar and public events flyers. This has assisted Linden New Art to continue its strong presence in the local community. We have also worked closely with local accommodation providers so that they can share information about Linden’s exhibitions and public programs with their visitors, enriching their stay in St Kilda. We continued to pursue new collaborative opportunities with each exhibition in order to both extend our network and help support others. > We worked in collaboration with Arts Project Australia, the innovative not-for-profit organisation that supports artist with an intellectual disability, for the exhibition Wild Lands and shared promotional opportunities throughout the exhibition. > Working with curators Dale Hardiman and Suzannah Henty, we made significant connections with Melbourne’s design community for the exhibition Object Future III. > And we presented works that told traditional Torres Straight stories in the form of beautiful large-scale contemporary lino-cut works by Alick Tipoti in his exhibition Lagangu. Alick was able to share his insights during an interview on Radio National. We continued to produce our popular Artbites online video series, allowing viewers a unique personal insight into the practices of our exhibiting artists. Our free online exhibition catalogues further compliment the exhibition experience by providing deeper insight into the artist’s work on display. And we continued to further engage our loyal existing audience with regular colourful eDM newsletters, website updates and relevant social media posts. And finally, we worked at growing our audience with regular poster and postcard campaigns, and print advertisements in both local and national publications.


Object Future III Linden Art Prize Heads or Tails? & Wild Lands Langangu & Duplikator Linden Postcard Show > TOTAL

MEDIA COVERAGE 31 23 23 19 21 117

VALUE OF PR VALUE MEDIA OF MEDIA COVERAGE COVERAGE $46,291 $185,164 $53,055 $212,220 $50,202 $200,808 $31,494 $125,976 $16,157 $64,628 $197,199 $788,796


In 2016, Linden New Art continued to engage with our audience through a selection of online platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and Flickr. We aimed to use each of these platforms to communicate relevant information in a strategic manner, using the strengths of each platform and making the most of the immediacy and personal connection of social media.


We launched a new social media initiative during the Linden Postcard Show 2016-17 called Meet the Artists of the Linden Postcard Show. This project aimed to reveal some of the faces behind the many artworks that make up the expansive exhibition, providing viewers with a more personal connection to the works on display, as well as providing support to the participating artists through valuable exposure. EXHIBITION

WEBSITE SESSIONS Object Future III 5,558 Linden Art Prize 5,228 Heads or Tails? & Wild Lands 5,959 Langangu & Duplikator 8,172 Linden Postcard Show 22,510 > TOTAL 47,427

WEBSITE PAGE FACEBOOK TWITTER INSTAGRAM VIEWS FANS FOLOWERS FOLLOWERS 15,003 2,246 976 721 12,902 2,346 1,008 792 15,077 2,383 1,027 869 20,296 2,512 1,074 1,062 44,719 2,613 1,074 1,176 107,997

IMAGE: A post by a Linden Postcard Show 2016-17 artist on Linden New Art’s Facebook page, 17 December 2016.


AMANDA DIXON Amanda Dixon is a designer and visual artsist with a particular interest in wildlife and pets. Her drawings depict four legged friends that are linked closely to human life, and wildlife that is in danger from human life. LUCINDA STRAHAN Lucinda Strahan is a writer and journalist with an ongoing interest in visual languages and hybrid forms. She has published extensively on visual art and culture in newspapers, magazines and arts journals, and her experimental literary-visual works have been shown in the exhibitions Girls! Girls! Girls! (2008) and Writing Naked (2009). Lucinda is currently working on a literaryvisual project based on a series of personal essays as part of a PHD candidature in creative writing at Wollongong University. She is a faculty member in the School Media and Communication at RMIT University.


TOM VINCENT Hailing from Melbourne, Tom Vincent’s first experiences of the art world were through street art and graffiti. Whilst painting train corridors and laneways as a teen, he uncovered the concept of ‘sacred geometry’, a science that gives a multi-faceted understanding of our reality. Through the study of this science, Vincent was prompted to move his practice into the studio and hence began a detailed investigation of the patterns of this world.

IMAGE: Linden New Art. Photograph: David Marks Photographer.


SARAH BRENNAN (Chair) Sarah has fifteen plus years in leadership roles with multinational companies and advertising agencies. Sarah’s expertise covers brand management, sponsorship, strategic marketing and the development and delivery of complex communication projects across a wide variety of marketing disciplines. Previous roles include General Manager at DDB Hong Kong; Marketing Director at Walt Disney Home Entertainment; Head of Communications at Breast Cancer Network Australia; Lecturer in Strategic Planning at RMIT and Marketing Director at Diversified Exhibitions. Sarah joined the Board of Linden in December 2013 and was appointed Chair in May 2014. Sarah’s previous board roles include Chair of Red Stitch Theatre & Ballarat International Foto Biennale.


CATHERINE EASTON (Deputy Chair) Catherine has extensive senior leadership experience of operational teams, organisational change management and strategic programs of work. Catherine is Head of Programs & Operations at SuperFriend. Previously held positions include: Head of Business Management at ANZ; Program Director at ANZ and Head of Service Delivery at NAB. Catherine has completed Leadership Victoria’s Folio Community Leadership Program and holds a Master of Strategic Foresight from Swinburne University and Bachelor of Business Administration from RMIT. Catherine is a previous President of Arts Project Australia Inc and Non-Executive Director of Petit Grand Kaboom Ltd (Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids). She is currently a member of Arts Project Australia’s Policy and Planning Sub-Committee and a Mentor at Fitted for Work. Catherine is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Catherine joined the Board of Linden in December 2013 and was appointed Deputy Chair in May 2014. PAUL BANKS (Treasurer) Paul is an experienced finance professional with extensive leadership, relationship and marketing experience in both retail and institutional client segments. Paul is the Co-head of Distribution at Australian Unity Investments. He has a demonstrated technical expertise and entrepreneurial flair, with experience in building new businesses from strategy through to implementation. Previous roles include Head of pension client solutions at Morgan Stanley; Executive Director at Goldman Sachs JBWere; and Head of Structured Product at Deutsche Bank. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the NSW Securities Institute; a Bachelor of Arts from Ambassador University, Pasadena, USA and a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University. Paul joined the Board of Linden in December 2013 and was appointed to the role of Treasurer in May 2014. TODD BEAVIS For more than 15 years Todd has helped organisations articulate their goals, grow their influence, solve problems and build great relationships. He provides corporations and cultural institutions with advice on business strategy, stakeholder engagement and creative communication campaigns. Prior to starting his consulting business Todd held senior roles including Head of Business Communications at Australia Post; Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Europe for American Express; and Senior Consultant with leading communication agency Senate SHJ. Todd holds a Bachelor of Economics (Political Economy) from Sydney University. Todd joined the Board of Linden in June 2013. VANESSA HUXLEY Vanessa has extensive experience in human resources and has worked as a recruiter for several key agencies. Her current role as a Senior Recruitment Consultant with Patriot Alliance sees her hiring Managers and Senior Management across the business. She holds a Communication’s Degree (Public Relations) from the University of Canberra. Vanessa joined the Board of Linden in November 2012 as the City of Port Phillip council representative when she served as the Carlisle Ward Councillor. DEBORAH STAHLE Deborah is the founder of Nite Art and Director of Artwalk Melbourne. She is a passionate art enthusiast and has developed programs for facilitating the exploration of art in a selection of leading galleries and art spaces in Melbourne’s creative precincts and regional areas. Deborah has over thirty year’s experience in sales and marketing within the fashion industry, bringing innovative ideas to customers and audiences, local and international. Deborah joined the Board of Linden in December 2013.


JEREMY BLACKSHAW Jeremy is the Melbourne Managing Partner at Minter Ellison and leads the Melbourne office’s Corporate M&A team. He has an extensive corporate practice, advising in multiple jurisdictions across a range of industry sectors including financial services, health, infrastructure and consumer brands. Jeremy is a member of the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia, a member of the Advisory Board of Melbourne University’s Centre for Corporate and Securities Regulation and the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce. He has lectured in Takeover Law and is a regular presenter on legal issues. Jeremy joined the Board of Linden in February 2015.   BIHENG ZHANG Biheng is a fundraising professional with experience in the arts, health, medical research and international development. Drawing on experience in Australia and the UK, Biheng has achieved notable results in government and philanthropic grants, corporate partnerships, major giving and community fundraising. She managed the grants program at the National Gallery of Victoria, playing a key role in securing support for major exhibitions including Melbourne Now, A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor and the Melbourne Art Book Fair. She has also worked for leading organisations including Movember UK, Prostate Cancer UK and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Biheng joined the Board of Linden in June 2016. Cr DAVID BRAND David is the City of Port Phillip council representative on the Board. He is an architect and teaches Architectural History & Design at the University of Melbourne. David has collected artworks from Linden over the years and believes that Linden has a very special place in St Kilda and that it contributes to the vibrancy of the city. David joined the Board of Linden in December 2016. BOARD MEMBER Sarah Brennan Catherine Easton Paul Banks Todd Beavis* Jeremy Blackshaw David Brand Vanessa Huxley Deborah Stahle Biheng Zhang

ATTENDED ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND 7 7 7 7 6 7 4 6 7 7 1 1 5 7 7 7 2 3

* Please note: Todd Beavis took a 3 month leave of absence from Board duties during 2016

IMAGE: Sarah Brennan, Chairperson, Linden New Art at the opening of Lagangu, 2016. Photograph: Edwina Bolger.


MELINDA MARTIN - Director Melinda joined the team at Linden as Director in July 2012. Prior to joining Linden, Melinda was the Manager of National Programs and Services at the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) (now Creative Partnerships Australia) and oversaw their professional development and philanthropic programs. Melinda has also worked as the Gallery Manager at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Program Manager at Monash Gallery of Art, Studio Manager for Australian artist John Young and Research Assistant to Dr Chris McAuliffe at the University of Melbourne. She holds a Master of Fine Art & Cinema Studies from The University of Melbourne, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine Art and Criminology from the University of Melbourne. Melinda is the Vice President of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria’s Board.


EDWINA BOLGER – Curator until December 2016 Edwina joined the team as the acting Curator at Linden in July 2013 and was appointed to the role in March 2014. She project manages the exhibition program. Edwina has extensive experience working in both the commercial and public gallery spheres. She has been both Senior Curator and then Co-Director of Dianne Tanzer Gallery in Melbourne. Edwina has also worked for Craft Victoria, Alcaston Gallery and Christine Abrahams Gallery. Edwina holds Bachelor of Arts Hons in Fine Art & Classical Studies from the University of Melbourne, a Postgraduate Diploma in Curatorial/ Museum Studies from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Education (Secondary) from RMIT. Edwina is currently an approved valuer for the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. EMMA MATTHEWS - Public Programs Manager Emma joined the team as the acting Public Program Manager at Linden in July 2013 and was appointed to the role in March 2014. Emma is responsible for developing and coordinating the range of public programs for Linden. She has edited, written and managed several art book projects including: Wilbow 25: 25 years of the Wilbow Collection of Australian Art and Mark Strizic: Marvelous to Modern. She has worked as the Education and Public Programs Manager at Monash Gallery of Art and was the Gallery Manager at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts (Art History) from the University of Melbourne and a Postgraduate Diploma (Arts Curatorship & Museum Management) from the University of Melbourne. Emma is currently an approved valuer for the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program in Australian photography after 1900. JOSEPHINE HARKIN - Communications and Marketing Coordinator until September 2016 Jo joined the team at Linden New Art in 2014 and was appointed to the role of Communications and Marketing Coordinator in August 2015. Jo comes from a diverse working background including operating her commercial photography business. Jo has interned for both the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and The Public Galleries Association of Victoria where she assisted in the coordination of the Fifth National Public Galleries Summit in Bendigo, 2015. Jo has previous experience teaching photography at Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE and holds a Master of Art Curatorship from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) from RMIT. TOM PENDER - Gallery Administrator (Part Time) until October 2016 & then Communications & Marketing Coordinator from October 2016 Tom Pender joined Linden New Art in the role of Gallery Administrator (Part Time) in July 2015. He has taught essential study skills to Bachelor of Visual Arts students at the La Trobe University Bendigo. He was videographer for the documentary Lunch with Madame Murat, which screened on SBS January 2009. Tom received a Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons) from La Trobe University Bendigo and is a practicing contemporary artist who uses video and installation to explore autonomous use of space. SIYING ZHOU – Gallery Administrator (Part Time) Siying Zhou joined Linden New Art in March 2014 and has worked in the role Gallery Receptionist before taking on the role of Gallery Administrator (Part Time) in July 2015. Her previous roles include: Team Leader at the Australia Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2013; Program Manager at Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (formerly 24HR Art) from 2007 to 2013. She has been working in the Australian contemporary arts industry since 2007 as a practicing artist, a curator and an arts administrator. Siying. holds a Master of Multimedia Design (Hons) from Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney and Bachelor of Visual Arts from Nanjing Art Institute, China. She is currently a candidate of Master of Contemporary Art from Victoria College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne. 39

JASMIN MCNEILL – Gallery Administrator (Part Time) from October 2016 Jasmin joined the team at Linden New Art as an intern in July 2015 and was appointed the role of Acting Gallery Administrator (Part Time) in October 2016. Jasmin is currently undertaking her Master’s degree in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Culture) from Monash University. During her studies, Jasmin has volunteered for Records and Archives at the Melbourne Museum, as a Gallery Assistant at Camden Arts Centre in London and completed a Curatorial Internship at Brunswick Street Gallery. She has also published work in jpg. journal for the Art History Student Society at the University of Melbourne. VOLUNTEERS > MADELINE FERME INSTALLATION TEAM > SHELLY GRAYDON > FRAN SHARP > TOM SULLIVAN > BEN SULLIVAN PHOTOGRAPHER > DAVID MARKS PHOTOGRAHER VIDEOGRAPHER > RACHEL FEERY, SHORT PLAY PRODUCTIONS

IMAGE: (L-R) Jeremy Blackshaw, Board member, Linden New Art, Melinda Martin, Director, Linden New Art and Biheng Zhang, Board member, Linden New Art, at the Linden Postcard Show 2016-17 Collectors Preview, 2016. Photograph: Siying Zhou.


Linden New Art gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following donors: > Nicholas Allen > Paul Banks > BHP Matched Giving > Jeremy Blackshaw > Sarah Brennan > Catherine Easton > Peter Hanks QC > Andre Lloyd > Melinda Martin > Judith Nicolson > Marita Onn > Deborah Stahle > Clementine Walker > Lyn Williams > Biheng Zhang






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