ANNUAL REPORT > 2017
> CHRIS BOLD > ROMA NYUTJA PAWUYA BUTLER-JACKSON > P THANK YOU TO OUR INYIKA CHAMB EXHIBITING ARTISTS > BELLE KARIR NGINANA DAVIDSON > DIANN > NANCY JACKSON > TJUKAPAT > NININGKA LEWIS > SARA MO YUNURUPA PORTER > ROCKY SMYTHE > KYLIE STILLMAN > > JAMES VOLLER > SIYING ZHO 2
IMAGE > (Front cover) Kylie Stillman, The Opposite of Wild [installation view], 2017 and Sam Leach, Avian Interplanetary [installation view], 2017. Photograph > Theresa Harrison Photography. *Name permitted for use.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Exhibiting artists About us Linden on the move Chairperson’s Report Director’s Report Thank you to people behind the scenes Development Report Thank you to our Donors Thank you to our Linden Contemporaries Curator’s Report 2017 Exhibitions Community Engagement Report 2017 Events Communications Report The Board The Staff Audited Financial Statement Thank you to our Supporters
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IMAGE > (Previous page) Guests get up close & personal with Sam Leach’s Avian Interplanetary installation during the opening night at Linden New Art In Residence at Domain House. Photograph > Theresa Harrison Photography.
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. Lindenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision is to be one of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 > Guests attending an opening at Linden New Art in St Kilda. Photograph > David Marks Photographer. 6
As part of its commitment to supporting and revitalising arts precincts across the city, the City of Port Phillip commenced a major renovation project to preserve and upgrade the heritage-listed building in Acland Street, St Kilda - the home of Linden New Art. Scheduled to be completed mid-2018 the project will: > Replace the existing roof with a new slate roof > Repair and improve the existing terrace and balcony > Provide additional space for a new entrance, as well as accessible lift and stair access to a new first-floor gallery area and terrace > Provide an entry portico and Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant ramp to increase accessibility
LINDEN ON THE MOVE
While building contractors busily worked, Linden New Art was on the move and spent a period â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;In Residenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Domain House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne where we presented exhibitions by leading mid-career Australian artists, as well as the iconic Linden Postcard Show, which appeared for the first time away from its traditional Acland Street home. Linden New Art has used this time as a fantastic opportunity to play in new spaces, make some new friends and forge new collaborative relationships with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and the Shrine of Remembrance. We look forward to returning to our much-improved building in mid-2018 with a range of exciting exhibitions and associated community engagement events.
IMAGE > Linden New Art In Residence at Domain House. Photograph > David Marks Photographer. 7
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” Alan W. Watts. Which is exactly what the Linden team did through 2017! From May 2017 the team and the Board have met the challenge of not having a ‘home’ for Linden New Art, as our beloved building in Acland Street was, and still is, being renovated. The challenges in part impacted our bottom line – we planned for this and were cognisant that even with careful planning our income would be depleted and spend would increase. As such we end this year with a loss of $69,573.
However, we move back to St Kilda in mid-2018 and will be re-igniting our income streams whilst keeping a tight rein on expenditure. It will take us two years to be back on track and in a similar position to pre-2017. The Board is confident that, with the continued support of City of Port Phillip and the steady building of support from our highly engaged donors and funders, coupled with an exciting calendar of events, programs and exhibitions, we will grow our well respected (and now much widened) reputation for delivering compelling, creative and inspirational contemporary art experiences. Throughout 2017 we embraced change by: > Keeping the Linden brand alive by continuing to present a range of exciting exhibitions and dynamic programs at Domain House, close to the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria > Presenting 7 exhibitions, displaying the work of 869 artists, including 1,910 new artworks at Domain House > Connecting with new collaborative partners - which will have beneficial and long-term outcomes for the gallery. As such we are planning a number of projects with the teams at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and the National Trust Australia (Victoria) > Widening our reach and meeting new audiences, which we will continue to engage when Linden returns to St Kilda > Developing a new donor engagement program: Linden Contemporaries.
IMAGE > (Previous page) Sam Leach, Avian Interplanetary [installation view], 2017. Photograph > Theresa Harrison Photography. (Current page) Sarah Brennan, Chairperson, Linden New Art, at the VIP Preview of the Linden Postcard Show 2017-18. Photograph > Theresa Harrison Photography.
As our mission is to be a centre of excellence for contemporary art, our 2017 program was built around exhibiting quality new art from mid-career Australian artists. This is one of our key strategic pillars and we are successfully building our reputation through this lens. The program featured the stunning work of Penny Byrne > Brutal; beautiful and evocative installations from Kylie Stillman > The Opposite of Wild & Sam Leach > Avian Interplanetary; the enchanting and provocative Border Lines with works from Papulankutja Artists, Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Warakurna Artists. We ended the year with our perennial favourite: The Linden Postcard Show. The 2017 Linden Postcard Show was a huge success with over 1,200 people attending the opening and nearly 3,000 people seeing the show. By the end of December 2017, we had sold over $34,000 worth of art to local supporters, fellow artists, interstate and overseas tourists. We are particularly proud of this year’s Linden Postcard Show which attracted participants from art programs run by organisations that work with physically or intellectually disabled people. This year, artworks were submitted from organisations such as: Arts Project Australia, Yooralla and Jewish Care. Once we return to the Linden building in St Kilda, we will be upgrading the community art studio and turning the multipurpose room into a community gallery for hire, called the Project Space. In 2017, we partnered with the RMIT School of Design to provide a ‘real life’ project for students. The brief was to provide an upgrade and reinvention of this space. Rhonda Evans, a young Indigenous woman, was selected for her innovative approach. Our talented team, led by our ever-exuberant and creative Director, Melinda Martin, was enhanced by our new Curator, Juliette Hanson. During 2017, the Board – cognisant of the impact our year of change would bring, made the decision to build our sustainability and viability by enhancing our capacity to attract, engage and steward a growing cohort of funders and donors. As such, Lyn Johnson, an experienced and proven arts professional, joined the team as Development Manager. Both Juliette and Lyn rapidly showed their metal and have delivered exciting exhibitions and a donor engagement program with a difference. Throughout 2017, the Linden team was asked to be nimble, responsive and creative. I know the Board has been consistently impressed by the unflagging energy and commitment from each team member. Thank you. I am proud once again to acknowledge a truly committed and talented Board. Everyone has embraced the challenges and changes of 2017 and stepped up to help guide the organisation. Thank you. On behalf of Linden, may I also say thanks to our sponsors, donors and supporters. You have been with us through this challenging and exciting period, and we are looking forward to welcoming you into our new home in mid-2018. SARAH BRENNAN April 2018
2017 was another important year for Linden. One that saw us on the move as we left our beloved home in Acland Street as the major refurbishment work began on site midway through the year. The Linden team saw this as an exciting opportunity, to stretch our practice and extend the reach of our exhibitions and events by being In Residence at Domain House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. Many of our achievements could not have been undertaken without the incredible support and guidance of Linden’s Board and I thank them for their support as we worked in an unfamiliar space and environment. All of this could not have been possible with our dedicated and uber professional team of arts managers. In particular, our staff Madeline Ferme, Juliette Hanson, Lyn Johnson, Jasmin McNeill, Tom Pender and Siying Zhou who have embraced the joys of moving office (more than once) and setting up exhibitions and events in a new space. They 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 Emma Mathews leaving her position as Public Programs Manager in February. We thank Emma for her hard work and commitment to Linden and wish her all best with their future endeavours. We also welcomed new members to the team. David Hagger worked with us from late January until mid-May as our Acting Curator and Juliette Hanson joined the team as our Curator from May. Jasmin McNeill moved from her role as Gallery Administration to Events and Community Engagement Coordinator and we were then able to recruit Madeline Ferme to a temporary position as Gallery Administrator. In July, Lyn Johnson joined the team as our Development Manager. With the assistance of the Gordon Darling Foundation, I was able to undertake an overseas research trip to consider a range of contemporary galleries operating in the UK. Including visits to: Saatchi Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, Serpentine Galleries, Whitechapel Gallery, Photographers Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, Gasworks, South London Gallery, and Design Museum.
IMAGE > Melinda Martin, Director, Linden New Art, speaks at the VIP Preview of Kylie Stillman, The Opposite of Wild and Sam Leach, Avian Interplanetary. Photograph > Theresa Harrison Photography.
As a result of this trip, I am looking forward to implementing some changes to our program and approaches to fundraising to guide our work upon our return to St Kilda. This trip could not have been achieved without the support and generosity of Board of the Gordorn Darling Foundation and I thank them for their support. I would also like to thank Graham Seldon in Melbourne; John Gill, Chair of Camden Arts Centre, in London for introducing me to a range of his English colleagues and Geoffrey Conaghan for encouraging me to visit some galleries I might have missed without his insight gained from working and living in the UK. Linden was thrilled to be one of twelve arts organisations nationally to be awarded a Creative Partnerships Australia Fundraising Mentor. Our new Development Manager, Lyn Johnson has been working closely with our mentor Tehmi Sukhla, Director of Development for the Australian Museum to help guide our donor program and fundraising activities into the future. We began our year in our Victorian home with Lindenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grand domestic architecture becoming a starting point from which artists and curators creatively respond. We then challenged ourselves and the artists we worked with to respond to a new space at Domain House and have been delighted by the result. We would like to thank all the artists who developed new work for the exhibition program specifically for Linden in 2017. Without these artists and their artwork, we would not be able to present such a dynamic and strong exhibition program. In 2017, Linden presented 7 individual exhibitions displaying the work of 869 artists. Linden exhibited 1,910 new artworks and 12 previously shown artworks. With so much change, not being open for operation for over three months, our visitation was impacted, and we attracted just under 10,000 visitors to the gallery. Linden regularly surveys our visitors to gain a better understanding of their experience of visiting Linden and we are delighted that on average 100% of visitors are very satisfied by their visit to Linden. We also gained a better picture of the demographics of our audience and these indicate that: > 100% of our visitors would recommend a visit to Linden to family, friends or colleagues > 49% of our visitors came to Linden for the first time in 2017 and 51% were repeat visitors > 79% reside in metropolitan Melbourne with 33% of these living in the City of Port Phillip > 77% of visitors come with somebody and utilise the gallery as a springboard for connection and social engagement (18% with friends, 43% with family & 16% with a partner) > 59% of our visitors describe themselves as art enthusiasts, 24% as on holidays and 16% as other > 13% of visitors are Mature, 36% are Baby Boomers, 36% Generation X and 13% Generation X and most are women (83%) > 70% visit based on a recommendation from a friend or colleague, and a further 57% from checking social media and website (47%). We continued to gather data on the visitor experience in the local area to gain a deeper understanding of their behaviour. We are proud to note that Linden is a starting point for social engagement and allows for connections between family and friends as well as contributing to health & wellbeing goals. Half way through the year we began to implement new measurements to understand the intrinsic art experience and are pleased to report > 93% of visitors found the experience of visiting the exhibition to be enriching, moving, enjoyable, captivating, awe inspiring or thought provoking > 55% found the exhibition provided them with new ways of thinking and understanding the world > 78% of visitors felt more connected to family or friends through the social engagement a visit to the gallery provided. > 35% of visitors had a coffee with friends/family as part of the visit and contributed over $15,000 to the local economy as a result > 48% of visitors shared a meal with friends or family and contributed $143,626 to the local economy > 23% enjoyed a walk along the beach or in the gardens as a result of a trip to the gallery > 10% visited the local shops following a trip to the gallery > 21% 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: > 88% of artists had an extremely positive experience exhibiting at Linden, 92% would recommend working with Linden to another artist or curator and 100% felt that staff assisted them to present a strong exhibition. > 75% of artists were involved in a variety of our public programs and all found the experience positive (75% extremely positive) > 21% describe themselves as emerging artists, 41% as mid-career and 10% as hobby artists > 20% describe themselves as an ATSI artist & 10% as an artist from a CALD background > 66% live in metropolitan Melbourne with 30% 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 http://lindenarts.org/page/learn/artbites to watch these interviews. We are also grateful to David Marks for his stunning installation photography throughout the year, Theresa Harrison and Matto Lucas for social photography, Chris Seufert 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: > City of Port Phillip who provide our core operational funding > Creative Victoria who support us through the Organisational Investment Program. We are also grateful to the following philanthropic foundations for their support: > Community Enterprise Foundation through Elwood Community Bank – A Bendigo Bank > Gordon Darling Foundation. 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 partnership with member of the business community and we acknowledge the support of: > Art Guide > Avant Card > Chapman & Bailey > Drawcard Mr Moto > Elwood Community Bank
> eOne > Eckersley’s Art & Craft > Gravity Design > Liston & Landers > Member for Albert Park – Martin Foley MP
> Microhire > Napoleone Brewery > Punt Road Wines > Tolarno Hotel > Zilla & Brook.
2017 saw Linden form several project partnerships with significant organisations and we thank the following organisations for their support: > Art + Climate = Change Climarte Festival > National Gallery of Victoria Kids on Tour program > National Trust of Australia (Victoria) > Nite Art ‘17
> Papulankutja Artists > Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne > Sullivan & Strumpf, Sydney > The Shrine of Remembrance
> Tjanpi Desert Weavers > Utopia Artists Sydney > Warakurna Artists
Individual artists involved in our program also received funding from the following key funding bodies and we thank them for supporting the creativity of artists on show: > Australia Council for the Arts > The City of Melbourne.
CONGRATULATIONS Linden New Art aims to continue supporting our talented exhibiting artists beyond their initial exhibition period. We are pleased to congratulate the following artists for their significant achievements in 2017: > Linden Innovators 2 - The Cuckoo’s Nest (2013) curator Tai Snaith and exhibiting artist Siri Hayes, along with Kylie Stillman, The Opposite of Wild in 2017 featured in Another Look at the Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn > Linden Postcard Show alumni Michael Kluge won the Marion Boyce Costume Design Best Work by a CCP Member in the Centre for Contemporary Photography’s 2017 CCP Salon > Kylie Stillman had a busy year in 2017 as she launched newly commissioned work in Boundless Volumes at Parliament House Canberra and Note at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library. She was included in the group exhibition Fairy Tales Transformed at the Ian Potter Gallery at the University of Melbourne in late 2017 > Prudence Flint, Linden alumnus and Celeste Chandler, Linden Art Prize 2015 artist, were both finalists of the 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize > Kent Wilson, Linden Art Prize 2014, Alice Wormald, Linden Projects: Atmosphere (2015) and Tai Snaith, curator of Linden Innovators 2 (2013) all featured in Gardening is Not a Rational Act at c3 contemporary art space in Melbourne > Penny Byrne was included in La Trobe Art Institute as a part of the exciting group exhibition Survival Bias and also has a solo exhibition with Michael Reid Gallery in Berlin > Previously exhibited Linden artists Robert Fenton, Michael Vale, Julia Gorman, Jarrad Martyn and Alice Wormald were finalists in the 2017 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize. Congratulations to Dr Michael Vale for winning the 2017 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize! > Linden Innovators 3 (2014) artist Laura Skerlj featured in the group exhibition What’s Happening Here? on at Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn > Linden Innovators 1 (2013) artist Jacobus Capone presented his solo exhibition Forgiving Night for Day at PICA - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts > Linden Innovators 1 (2014) artist Britt Salt was a finalist for the 2017 Paramor Prize at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre > Linden Art Prize (2014) artist Roberta Joy Rich participated in an experimental public art project called Fluxus Now in Johannesburg, South Africa > Michael Cook, who exhibited at in Omission (2012), presented a solo exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery titled Mother. We look forward to seeing you at the gallery again soon, encourage you to become involved in one of our many events and welcome you to join the conversation about contemporary art MELINDA MARTIN April 2017
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Two major tasks were set for the newly created role of Development Manager at Linden: Firstly, to research and develop a donor program that would build a strong supporter base that reflected Linden’s mission. Secondly: working with the Director to review Philanthropic and Foundation opportunities that would support Linden’s ambitious exhibitions and public programs. The donor program Linden Contemporaries was conceived as a platform for Linden to build upon, being well planned and strategically marketed to be launched at the opening of the iconic Linden Postcard Show 2017-18 exhibition in November 2017. The essence of Linden Contemporaries is to bring together a group of like-minded lovers of contemporary art to support the gallery and explore new art - extending beyond the gallery walls. We hit the ground running with short term targets being set and met, and were extremely excited to be used as a case study for a successful launch campaign through Creative Partnerships Australia website.
Time was invested into researching the current suite of Foundations and Trusts that Linden’s goals and aspirations aligned with, resulting in a comprehensive timeline being developed to ensure we captured relevant areas of interest and criteria. Much of the groundwork had been put into place by the end of 2017 with a full schedule of applications ready to roll out for 2018. Underpinning both of these strategies has been the invaluable advice and guidance from our mentor, Tehmi Sukhla, Director of Development at Australian Museum. Tehmi partnered with myself through the Creative Partnerships Australia’s Art Fundraising Mentoring Program and is working with Linden’s team and Board to strategise and develop our fundraising plan to deliver a sustainable organisation. LYN JOHNSON April 2017
IMAGE > (Current page) Guests at the opening of the Linden Postcard Show 2017-18. Photograph > Matto Lucas Photography. (Next page) Guests at the VIP Preview of the Linden Postcard Show 2017-18. Photograph > Theresa Harrison Photography.
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2017 offered Linden the exciting challenge of presenting its exhibition program outside of our usual gallery spaces. The renovations to our building on Acland Street have enabled us to work with artists in new ways and in unusual settings. Another positive outcome has been the development of new relationships with organisations such as the National Trust of Australia and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, both of whom we hope to work with again in the future. It is testament to the creativity, flexibility and responsiveness of our team that we have managed to present a full program of exhibitions without a permanent gallery space. The year began with Penny Byrne’s politically charged exhibition Brutal, which was shown alongside the aptly titled group show Changing Places, which marked our subsequent departure from of Acland Street. Penny Bryne’s exhibition represented the culmination of a long and fruitful relationship with Linden that was further enriched at the end of the year with Penny being awarded the first prize in the Linden Postcard Show 2017-18.
Our offsite exhibition program included four exhibitions at Domain House in the Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria, all of which were informed and inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings of this venue. > Sam Leach’s Avian Interplanetary was in part inspired by the flight paths of birds. > Kylie Stillman’s The Opposite of Wild explored the form of trees and our relationship with them as a natural resource. > Border Lines featured artwork from three arts centers from central Australia that were deeply grounded in their connection to the land and natural phenomena such as native grasses and water holes, as well as colonial impacts on the environment such as road cutting and nuclear testing. > Linden Postcard Show 2017-18 was inspired by the artist Piet Mondrian. Mondrian’s most well-known paintings from the 1920s aimed to embody balance, purity and harmony, which he saw as being the underlying and essential qualities found in nature. Being In Residence at Domain House also enabled us to engage with the Garden’s visitors who were delighted to happen across our exhibitions. We hope that this new audience will continue to visit us when we return to St Kilda. The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria were likewise extremely pleased with our exhibitions and accompanying programs. We were given the opportunity to extend the run of the Linden Postcard Show 2017-18, and we have also been invited to present further exhibitions at Domain House in 2018. We would like to acknowledge the superb work undertaken by David Hagger who stepped in as our Acting Curator between January and May 2017. David worked closely with Sam Leach and Kylie Stillman to develop and install their exhibitions and also made the connections with Papulankutja Artists, Warakurna Artists and Tjanpi Desert Weavers to initiate Border Lines. In May 2017, I was appointed to the ongoing position of Curator and I am thrilled to be part of the Linden team. Government representative and arts industry professionals were generous in their support throughout the year in assisting us in the development of exhibitions, officially opening exhibitions and judging prizes. They include: > Paul Banks, contemporary art collector, who opened Penny Byrne’s Brutal > Dr Jody Evans, Melbourne Business School, who launched The First 10 Years publication at the VIP Preview of Sam Leach and Kylie Stillman’s exhibitions > The Honourable Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries, who officially opened Sam Leach and Kylie Stillman’s exhibitions > Jane Menzies, Manager, Warakurna Artists; Tim Pearn, Manager, Papulankutja Artists; and Michelle Young, Manager, Tjanpi Desert Weavers who assisted us with the development and logistics of Border Lines > Arweet Carolyn Briggs, Boon Wurrung Senior Elder, who performed a welcome to country at Border Lines > Danny Lacy, Curator, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Vanessa Gerrans, Director, Warnambool Regional Gallery; and Mardi Novak, Director, NETS Victoria, who judged the Linden Postcard Show 2017-18. JULIETTE HANSON April 2017 30
IMAGE > Border Lines [installation view], 2017. Photograph > David Marks Photographer. 31
Penny Byrne is a Melbourne based artist whose work is deeply engaged in the world in which we inhabit. Both alarmed and shocked by contemporary culture’s blasé response to atrocities around the world, Byrne creates work that asks us as viewers to ponder the way in which we latently consume images from the daily news and our social media feeds, turning away or flicking past when we are overwhelmed by the atrocities.
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Byrne aptly captures the game of chess being played on the international political stage, with the horror of the daily impact of war on the people living in such places seemingly overlooked. Brutal explores tough issues from the ongoing conflict in Syria, the lives of refugees held in detention, to institutional abuse of children and the shaming and silence of victims suffering at the hands of perpetrators.
The works are politically changed, highly engaging and often disarmingly humorous. Using materials such as bronze, glass, vintage porcelain figurines and found objects, Byrne’s work presents an ongoing inquiry into popular culture and international politics. Her background in ceramics conservation and the law also informs her practice. The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resources: WATCH > Penny Byrne > Brutal Artbites video READ > Penny Byrne > Brutal e-catalogue For further information about Penny Byrne visit the website.
IMAGE > (Above) Penny Byrne, Brutal [installation view], 2017. Photograph > David Marks Photographer. (Previous page) Guests at the VIP Preview of Sam Leach Avian Interplanetary and Kylie Stillman The Opposite of Wild. Photograph > Theresa Harrison Photography.
Changing Places was a response to Linden’s temporary re-location in 2017. As a former grand residence, Linden’s building is a testament to change. Its story duplicates a history of its location within a place, St Kilda, and the ways in which it has adapted to changing times. Our home is always changing and in 2017 it changed once again as a major renovation was started. Five artists explored the notions of “change” and “place”, peeling back the layers to find what it means to them, to their worlds and their practices. The exhibition included the following artists: > Chris Bold explored the way in which we move through space and considered the traces we leave behind. > I-Yen Chen drew on her experience of traveling from her homeland Taiwan to Australia “to settle” on a new island home. Each ceramic petal in this work is a splintered memory of her homeland, a fragment that is replicated and sprawls across the gallery walls to join others to form a new space, a new continent. > Sara Morawetz examined how our perceptions change and alter as we move through life and are framed by new experiences. She created a text-based work using the properties of lenticular printing. > James Voller created work that captured and documented the changes in the fabric of Melbourne’s suburbs. His photographs seek to detect and distill the gentrification process as he identifies elements that stand out. > Siying Zhou explored her experience of living in Australia, being from a Chinese background. She created a miss-mash of cultural experience cleverly distilling the migrant experience of using known markers to create meaning in a new world.
All of these artists asked the viewer, to stop and acknowledge their movement through space. They asked us to ponder, to consider and see if we change the spaces we occupy or do the spaces we occupy change us? The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resource: READ > Changing Places e-catalogue
IMAGE > (Wall work) I-Yen Chen, Islands and needles [installation view], 2017, ceramic. (Floor work) I-Yen Chen, Last night, I dreamed that we crossed the border (installation view), 2017, ceramic and sand. Photograph > David Marks Photographer.
ARTIST ENGAGEMENT All artists involved in this exhibition were surveyed after the exhibition. The results from respondents indicate: > 100% reside in Metropolitan Melbourne > 100% of artists described staff as friendly, accessible and that they assisted me to present a strong exhibition > 75% of artists would recommend working with the Linden team to other artists or curators > 100% of artists found the overall experience of exhibiting at Linden as an extremely positive experience. Below indicates the benefits artists identified as having gained by showing at Linden: The opportunity to show new work and confronting work in a supportive and professional environment. Anonymous, 20.3.17
Linden New Art is a very professional gallery that provided artists a supportive environment to present their works. I felt that I’ve been well taken care of by the gallery staff through the whole process, and had no limit to my creativity when it comes to installing and art presentation. Anonymous, 19.3.17 Chance to exhibit works in a well-established gallery which helped to expand my public art. Anonymous, 19.3.17 My practice gained exposure to a new audience that would otherwise not be aware of my work. I enjoyed working with the staff at Linden and feel I have expanded my networks into the future. Anonymous, 17.3.17 Five stars to you and all the staff. Penny Byrne, 20.3.17 MEDIA QUOTES Penny Byrne specialises in creating art served with political punch and her latest exhibition, Brutal, is no exception. Vintage porcelain dolls and material such as glass and bronze are transformed to illustrate political themes and capped with popular culture. The Age, Spectrum, 06.03.17
Inspired by the past 12 months of political carnage (“2016 sucked”, says the artist in an introductory video), Penny Byrne’s new show Brutal is satirical and savage. From a distance, you’ll see ornate and kitsch porcelain figurines – the sort your grandma has too many of. Get closer and you’ll see they’ve been re-purposed into crude political statements. Broadsheet, 22.02.17 This very moving exhibition is a fabulous example of an artist taking available materials, ceramics, and with some very wellcrafted manipulations and additions, delivers a very succinct message about the cruelty being carried out within our world. The Art Museum, 06.03.17 VISITOR FEEDBACK Visitor surveys revealed that: > 100% were very satisfied by their visit to Linden > 100% would recommend Linden to family, friends or colleagues based on their visit > 50% reside in the City of Port Phillip; 50% reside in metropolitan Melbourne.
Brutal is a very vivid show. Very hard to take in most of them but it’s also healing. I can look at things in the mirror after thinking of them. Gila Kozma, undated.
Thank you for taking us through Pennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition. Her subject, passion and skill is great for Year 11 & 12 students to see. We are very lucky to have a gallery like this so close to our school. St Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grammar School, 2.3.17 As always, a fascinating group of artists for all. Gael Newton, 5.3.17 A great series of exhibitions/works. Well done Linden for showing evocative works. Anonymous visitor, 23.2.17
IMAGE > Artist Sara Morawetz at the opening of Changing Places. Photograph > Tom Pender. 37
Sam Leach’s practice is concerned with connections between art and science. He recently completed a PhD at RMIT focusing on the genre of science imagery in visual art in both historical and contemporary contexts. His interests lie in the similarities between the way that humans perceive and comprehend the world and the way that other things – non-human creatures, a plant or rock, for instance – observe or sense the world around them. Leach’s work has long drawn on the canons of art history through the likes of the 17th Century Dutch Italianate School and European landscape painting of the same period, yet his works are inextricably futuristic.
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Avian Interplanetary was a proposal for a future habitat that takes into account the world view of non-humans as well as humans. The works explored possible connections between research about the evolved human preferences for certain landscape schemes and experiments into how creatures use visual signals and strategies to negotiate the environment.
This exhibition was designed for and encouraged interaction. Here we, as viewer, become a foreign entity to a foreign land and must imagine a new way to harmoniously negotiate space. The installation included a large ramp covered with a design that replicated the surface of an asteroid. Visitors could climb and slide down the ramp, which was an unexpected pleasure. The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resources: WATCH > Sam Leach > Avian Interplanetary Artbites video READ > Sam Leach > Avian Interplanetary e-catalogue For further information about Sam Leach visit the website. This exhibition was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and was part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017.
IMAGE > Sam Leach, Avian Interplanetary [installation view], 2017. Photograph > David Marks Photography. 38
The Opposite of Wild reveals Kylie Stillman’s concerns about humankind’s response to, and interaction with nature from a conceptual and physical perspective. Stillman’s installation reconfigures and recontextualises 100s of unwanted paperback books by precisely cutting individual pages with a scalpel to reveal the negative spaces and new images formed. Stillman’s compelling reincarnation of a Spirograph emerges from within the multi-layered book foundation of Masking the Seam (2017). The spiral’s parabolic curves playfully allude to string art and the notion of the hand-made, whilst the graphic vortex references natural systems and sequences made visible through geometric patterns. Local Branch 2016, was initially created for Hawkesbury Regional Gallery from books decommissioned from the Hawkesbury Library collection. Here we see the sinuous form of a branch carved across a great expanse of books. Morning Pages (2017), comprises a number of musical stands holding paperback books, which bear hand-sewn drawings that span the external and internal covers.
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These works make use of the overlooked and discarded. They respond to the possibilities embedded in everyday objects. Stillman describes this transformation in the materiality of commonplace objects as akin to alchemy, created through the interaction between artist, material and object. While her book carvings and found sculptural forms comment upon the impact of consumer culture, they are also a nod to nature itself, reflecting upon the origins of the book, and the course a tree has undergone from seedling to pulp. The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resources: WATCH > Kylie Stillman > The Opposite of Wild Artbites video READ > Kylie Stillman > The Opposite of Wild e-catalogue For further information about Kylie Stillman visit the website. This exhibition was supported by the City of Melbourne and was part of ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017.
IMAGE > Kylie Stillman, Local Branch [installation view], 2016, hand-cut paperback books, timber, saw horses. Photograph > David Marks Photographer. 39
ARTIST ENGAGEMENT > 100% reside in Metropolitan Melbourne > 90% of artists felt the exhibition enabled them to experience a sense of cultural identity & belonging > 100% of artists felt the exhibition provided an enhancement to existing skills and will be important for their future working life > 100% of artists found the overall experience of exhibiting at Linden as an extremely positive experience. Below indicates the benefits artists identified as having gained by showing at Linden: I have gained an increased understanding of my own practice. This is due in part to the generous lead time to produce new work specifically for an exhibition along with activities such as the vodcast interview, the questions put to me in that format were the exact inquiry I was wanting to address in my work and provided the ideal framework for me to start to not just understand it but to begin to communicate it with an audience. Anonymous, 16.8.17
I was thrilled to realise an ambitious project I had been developing for many years. It was seamless to work with the team to deliver a great project. Anonymous, 16.8.17 MEDIA QUOTES Archibald and Wynne Prize-Award winning artist Sam Leach’s Avian Interplanetary will be part of Climarte’s Art + Climate = Change, a festival of exhibitions. It looks at the idea of sustainable future habitats that involve non-humans and humans, drawing inspiration from the links between landscape, animals and technology. The installation is set around a cratered landscape modeled from detailed asteroid images and symbolises a future habitat. Painted landscapes based on robotic visual systems and sculptures will be combined with reference to our preferences of birds, insects and rocks. The Australian, 10.05.17 Be prepared to have your mind blown. Two stunning exhibitions are coming to Linden New Art at Domain House. Avian Interplanetary by Sam Leach and Opposite of Wild by Kylie Stillman are launching the winter season of art. […] If you’re down for some deep thoughts and great artwork, then head down to Domain House. Grace Evans, The Urban List, 25.05.17 VISITOR FEEDBACK Visitor surveys revealed that: > 100% were very satisfied by their visit to Linden > 85.7% would recommend Linden to family, friends or colleagues based on their visit > 43% had previously visited Linden & 57% visited Linden for the first time.
Love the carved & sewn books – beautiful! Danielle Fitton, 30.5.17 Engaging & poignant! Nellie Caston, 7.6.17 Very beautiful and magical budgerigar! And filigree trees in books – quelle delicate! Phillip Walker, New Zealand, 7.6.17 Enjoyed the moon walk and the bird talk. Great effort Sam. Kylie’s work was also inspirational. Tessa Wallis, RMIT, 1.8.17
IMAGE > (Next page) Guests at the opening of Sam Leach Avian Interplanetary and Kylie Stillman The Opposite of Wild. Photograph > Theresa Harrison Photography.
Border Lines brought together celebrated painters from the Papulankutja and Warakurna art communities and the renowned fibre artists of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. The artists represented live and work within the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands, which cover approximately 350,000 square kilometres across the tri-state (WA, SA, NT) border region of central Australia.
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These artworks represent the lived experiences, the shared histories and the landscape of this vast and remote area. Above all, these works demonstrate the artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; connection to their lands and how their ability to maintain this connection has prevailed despite repeated colonial incursions and challenging circumstances. The works represent resilience, both personal and cultural, as well as a drive to be valued, recognised and self-sufficient. Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Papulankutja Artists and Warakurna Artists provide vital support for the artists to achieve these aims.
The variety of forms, techniques and materials included in this exhibition reflects the diversity of art practice that exists in the central desert region, as well as the constant evolution that also characterises the art of the area. Traditional practices, such as purnu (wood carving) and tjanpi (grass weaving) have informed the more recent work, which is produced with non-traditional materials, such as acrylic on canvas, wool or raffia. Many artists at Warakurna and Papulankutja continue to explore the formal relationships between carvings, woven sculptures and painting by making working across all three media. Linden sold 61% of the artworks on display in this exhibition. $18,746 worth of artworks was sold with all income being returned to the art centres & artists: > Papulankutja Artists - We sold 7 of works valued at $7,996 > Tjanpi Desert Weavers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; We sold 12 of works valued at $8,650 > Warakurna Artists - We sold 3 of works valued at $2,100.
The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resource: READ > Border Lines e-catalogue For further information about the communities involved in the exhibition visit the following websites: > Papulankutja Artists > Tjanpi Desert Weavers > Warakurna Artists
IMAGE > Border Lines [installation view], 2017. Photograph > David Marks Photographer. 42
ARTIST ENGAGEMENT > 100% of artists were from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage > 100% of artists resided interstate > 100% of artists felt that the exhibition provided them with somewhat of an enhancement to existing skills that will be important for their future life > 70% of artists felt that the exhibition provided them with new ways of thinking and understanding > 100% of artists had a very satisfying of experience exhibiting at Linden.
Thank you so much for your help with this exhibition, was great to have been a part of it. Jane Menzies, Manager, Warakurna Artists. Just want to express a big thanks to you for all your support and hope to catch up in the future. Thanks for making it all so easy for us and for your kind support. Good luck with the move back to St Kilda. Nicole Haverfield, Art Centre Manager, Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Linden provided an opportunity for Aboriginal art outside normal predictable parameters of exhibiting Aboriginal art and therefore possibly attracted new clientele to view the works differently. Thank you for the feedback and kind words around/for Belles Funeral Daniel Featherstone read out your message from yourself & Linden staff during the funeral service after my message from the art centre - it was a good send off for her and great her work was seen at this time. Tim Pearn, Art Centre Manager Papulankutja Artists. MEDIA QUOTES West is best. See artworks representing the lives of artists from remote communities in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Fibre works, paintings, carvings and sculptures explore everything from the impact pf the Maralinga nuclear bomb tests to the first roads in the WA Goldfields. The Herald Sun Weekend, 02.09.17
The beautiful Domain House in the Botanic Gardens often plays home to contemporary art exhibitions youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d happily contend with Punt Road traffic to get to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and its new exhibition Border Lines is no different. With Linden New Art calling the house home while their Acland Street space gets a reno, the exhibition brings together a collection of celebrated painters from the Papulankutja and Warakurna art communities, as well as the fibre artists of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Kat Hayes, Concrete Playground, 21.08.17 VISITOR FEEDBACK Visitor survey revealed: > 100% were very satisfied by their visit > 100% were very likely to recommend Linden to family, friends or colleagues based on their visit > 85.71% found the exhibition to be enriching, moving, enjoyable, captivating, awe-inspiring and thought provoking > 71.53% found the exhibition to provide new ways of thinking and understanding > 72% of respondents visited Linden for the first time; 28% had previously visited > 50% of respondents lived in metropolitan Melbourne and a further 50% lived in the City of Port Phillip
Great to see Western Desert Art in Melbourne as a Linden New Art exhibition. Angela Berry, 11.8.17 Delicious. Vicki Fowler, 18.8.17 Excellent. Sherry Cooper, Vancouver, 18.8.17
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The Linden Postcard Show is an open-entry small artworks exhibition that has been running since 1990! For the first time ever, the Linden Postcard Show was held outside of our beloved Acland Street building whilst it underwent renovations. Instead the show
was presented at Domain House (Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra). The exhibition design was inspired by the late paintings of the modern master Piet Mondrian. Mondrianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most well-known paintings from the 1920s aimed to embody balance, purity and harmony, which he saw as being the underlying and essential qualities found in nature. This line of enquiry complemented our residence at Domain House, next to the Royal Botanical Gardens.
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The layout of the exhibition was based on Mondrianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grid, but instead of his limited palette of primary colours and shades, the whole colour spectrum was incorporated, in keeping with the diversity of the artworks submitted.
The exhibition was accompanied by the following online resources: WATCH > Linden Postcard Show 2017-18 Artbites video > HERE READ > Linden Postcard Show 2017-18 e-catalogue > HERE The judges who awarded the prizes included: > Mardi Nowak, Director, NETS Victoria > Vanessa Gerrans, Director, Warrnambool Art Gallery > Danny Lacy, Senior Curator, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.
IMAGE > The Linden Postcard Show 2017-18 [installation view], 2017. Photograph > David Marks Photographer. 44
The prizes went to: > Linden Postcard Award - $5,000 cash prize: Penny Bryne, Terror Plot Foiled, 2017, mixed media. > Linden Board Postcard Award - $2,000 cash prize & image reproduced on a postcard: Robert Fenton, The Last Landscape, Item #0017, 2017, oil painting. > Elwood Community Bank Artist Encouragement Award - $1,500 cash prize: Maria Colaidis, Untitled (desolation), 2017, photograph. > Eckersley’s Art & Craft Best Portraiture Award - $1,000 voucher for use in store & $500 gift basket: Clare Rose, Paloma, 2017, acrylic on wood. > Member for Albert Park Award - $600 cash prize & image reproduced on a greeting card: Janet Drury, Expedient Exaggeration, 2017, acrylic on canvas. > Liston Landers People’s Choice Award - $1000 cash prize: Charmaine Kvalic, Portrait, 2017, silk. ARTIST ENGAGEMENT The survey results indicate: > 71.83% of artists found involvement in the exhibition to be extremely positive > 67.6% of artists entered the exhibition to show their work; 16.9% to sell their work & 9.88% wanted to support Linden > 8.2% of artists reside in CoPP, 53.4% reside in metropolitan Melbourne, 8.2% in Regional Victoria and 30.14% from interstate > 70% of artists are very likely to enter the show again. MEDIA QUOTES There’s so much more to postcards than the often drab ones you find in the local post office. The annual Linden Postcard Show is the place where you’ll find the best of the best. Presented by Linden New Art and celebrating its 27th year, there’s about a thousand submissions for you to check out, with the Linden Postcard Show being the quintessential place to see the best examples from across both the amateur and professional arts community. Hudson Brown, Concrete Playground, 22.11.17
Tiny artworks competing for a big cash prize – that’s pretty much the gist wit this one. The Linden Postcard Show has been going strong for 27 years. It rounds up some of the country’s most talented artists and sets them a challenge: come up with a masterpiece that fits on a canvas the size of the average postcard. Marina Nazario, The Urban List, 01.12.17 Small is beautiful in this annual exhibition featuring postcard sized works by a diverse line-up of artists vying for the $5000 cash prize. This annual exhibition, now in its 27th year, offers a ‘snapshot’ of Australia’s artscape by dint of its open door policy […] a perfect storm for a consistently dynamic range of styles and calibres. TimeOut Melbourne, 06.11.17 VISITOR FEEDBACK Visitor survey revealed: > 100% were very satisfied by their visit > 100% were very likely to recommend Linden to family, friends or colleagues based on their visit > 100% found the exhibition to be enriching, moving, enjoyable, captivating, awe-inspiring and thought provoking > 66% found the exhibition to provide new ways of thinking and understanding > 100% lived in metropolitan Melbourne.
Came for the second time & I saw so much more. Love the diversity & vibrancy. Anonymous, 12.12.17 Thank you, great collection & atmosphere. Lee Fullart, 10.11.17 Bloody awesome. Hope to catch something like this again soon. Anonymous, 26.11.17
In 2017, with support from Bendigo Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation through Elwood Community Grants Program, Linden delivered a diverse range of education based public programs aimed at encouraging insights into contemporary art practice and ideas. Our community engagement programs in 2017 were designed to support the exhibition program, assist the professional development of artists, and provide educational and creative workshops. Our artist talks, conversations and presentations provided opportunities for people to meet artists, curators and industry professionals. Participants interacted and built networks. Art workshops engaged participants of all ages in educational and creative activities in response to exhibitions.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT REPORT Linden’s community engagement programs offered our audience the opportunity to deepen their curiosity and knowledge through entertaining and educational workshops, discussions and events about contemporary art and artists. Some of the programs offered included: > Crafternoon workshops which offered opportunities for school aged children, families and adults to explore exhibitions and artworks to develop their own imaginative thinking and practical art-making skills in creative workshops. > 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. With Linden on the move in 2017, collaborative partnerships were key to the continued success of our range of events. Linden partnered with the National Gallery of Victoria’s Children’s Programs, Port Phillip Libraries and The Royal Botanical Gardens. The opportunity for Linden to present a selection of our events at partnering venues engaged new audiences to pursue their creative endeavours, learn new skills, spend quality time with others, debate and discuss themes of contemporary art and build new networks. In 2017, Linden expanded its audience reach and increased public awareness of the gallery and its programs. JASMIN McNEILL April 2018
IMAGE > Michelle Lackenby, Creative Director, Paperazzi Design Studio, leads participants to repurpose old books. Photograph > Jasmin McNeill. 48
ON HOLIDAYS AT LINDEN > On Holidays at Linden: NGV Kids on Tour Children and families were able to take part in drop-in creative activities offered as part of the NGVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer exhibitions. Participants explored the creative vision and designs of fashion artists Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren and made their own fashion accessories to wear and keep. Participants discovered the paintings and drawings of celebrated Australian artist John Olsen through a drawing activity inspired by the exhibition John Olsen: The You Beaut Country. When: Tuesday 17 January 2017, 11AM to 4PM Cost: Free Attendance: 11 When: Wednesday 18 January 2017, 11AM to 4PM Cost: Free Attendance: 12
When: Thursday 19 January 2017, 11AM to 4PM Cost: Free Attendance: 28 Date: Friday 20 January 2017, 11AM to 4PM Cost: Free Attendance: 28 Date: Saturday 21 January 2017, 11AM to 4PM Cost: Free Attendance: 5 Date: Sunday 22 January 2017, 11AM to 4PM Cost: Free Attendance: 4 > On Holidays at Linden: Comic Jam Children joined Jess Parker from Squishface Comic Studio to learn tips on drawing faces and expressions and worked on their own talking head comic in addition to collaborating on a fun group project. This event was suitable for ages 7-13 years. When: Friday 7 April 2017, 1PM to 3PM Where: Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre, 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne Cost: $15 per person Attendance: 18 > On Holidays at Linden: Recycle, Recreate & Repurpose In this book art workshop, children were provided a series of different papercut paper cut-out illustrations which they coloured and decorated with their own book art story. Michelle Lackenby, Creative Director of Paperazzi Design Studio, showed participants glueing, folding and cutting techniques. This event was suitable for ages 7-13 years. When: Friday 7 July 2017, 10.30AM to 12PM Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Cost: $15 per child Attendance: 14
IN CONVERSATION DINNER > In Conversation Dinner with Penny Byrne Guests joined artist Penny Byrne for an intimate two course dinner at Circa, The Prince and heard first-hand about her politically charged, engaging and disarmingly humorous sculptural works. Pennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work presents an ongoing inquiry into popular cultural and international politics. Guests had the opportunity to learn about her background, the politics and social issues that informed her practice. Thursday 20 February 2017, 7PM to 10.30PM When: Cost: $85 per person Attendance: 20 SPECIAL EVENTS > Nite Art 17 Launch To celebrate Nite Art 17, Linden hosted the launch of the program of activities for key partners, artists and supporters. When: Monday 24 July 2017, 6PM to 9PM Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Cost: By Invitation Attendance: 100 > Border Lines: Walk & Talk Guested joined Border Lines curator Juliette Hanson for morning tea and an exhibition talk about the art-making practices of the Indigenous communities from the Central Desert region of Australia. The talk was followed by a guided Aboriginal Heritage Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens where guests discovered more about local Aboriginal heritage. When: Sunday 17 September 2017, 10.30AM to 12.30PM Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Cost: $30 Attendance: 7 > Linden Postcard Show VIP Preview Distinguished guests were invited to a special VIP Preview of the Linden Postcard Show 2017-18. Previous Postcard Show winner Penny Byrne spoke at the event as she shared how entering and winning a prize began her art career. Linden Board members Biheng Zhang & Paul Banks launched the Linden Contemporaries program, a new donor initiative for Linden. When: Thursday 9 November 2017, 6PM to 8PM Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Attendance: 90 > Linden Summer Sketching Visitors were invited to join a fun drop-in creative Instagram competition inspired by New York artist Christoph Niemann and his brilliant Abstract Sunday Instagram. Visitors had to think outside the box & draw around an everyday object to transform it into something new and post it on Instagram to be in the running to win a signed copy of WORDS by Christoph Niemann. The winner of the Instagram competition was Winnie T. When: Friday 10 November 2017 to Sunday 10 December 2017, 11AM to 4PM Cost: Free Attendance: 642
IMAGE > (Next page) Image courtesy of Christoph Niemann. 50
MEET THE ARTIST > Meet the Artist: Penny Byrne Guests joined sculptural artist Penny Byrne to talk about her practice, background in ceramics conservation and new works exhibited in Brutal that packed a hard, uncompromising political punch. When: Sunday 26 February 2017, 2PM to 3PM Cost: Free Attendance: 48 > Meet the Artist: James Voller Guests joined Changing Places artist James Voller for a discussion about his large-scale photographic prints which captured the changing face of St Kilda’s residential architecture. The event concluded with a short work to Acland Street Plaza to view James’s photographic installation that was currently located in the precinct. When: Wednesday 8 March 2017, 6.30PM to 7.30PM Cost: Free Attendance: 16 > Meet the Artist: Kylie Stillman Guests joined artist Kylie Stillman to discuss her practice and works from her solo exhibition The Opposite of Wild. Guests heard about her techniques used to create one of her largest book sculptures to date. Sunday 18 June 2017, 2PM to 3PM When: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Where: Free Cost: Attendance: 11 > Meet the Artist: Sam Leach Guests joined artist Sam Leach discuss his practice and works from his solo exhibition Avian Interplanetary. Guests heard about Sam’s incredible photo-realistic painting technique as well as the fascinating concept that underpinned his exhibited work. This event was part of Nite Art 17. When: Thursday 27 July 2017, 6.30PM to 7.30PM Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Cost: Free Attendance: 10 MEET THE CURATOR > Meet the Curator: Border Lines In a guided tour of the Border Lines exhibition, Curator Juliette Hanson discussed the development and importance of the three-exhibited art centres of the tri-state borders of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. When: 2.30PM to 3.30PM Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Cost: Free Attendance: 12
IMAGE > (Previous page) Artist Penny Byrne discusses her work from her solo exhibition Brutal. Photograph > Emma Matthews. 53
CRAFTERNOONS > Adult’s Crafternoon: Polymer Pots with KathyKoo Participants joined artist, designer and educator KathyKoo to learn how to make their own polymer clay pot. In this step-bystep how-to workshop, participants learnt tips about working with polymer clay, mixing colours and creating pattern effects. Kathy has a background in printmaking and maintains a contemporary arts practice. She runs small design brand KathyKoo. When: Sunday 5 March 2017, 2PM to 4PM Cost: $50 per person including materials Attendance: 20 > Adult’s Crafternoon: Recycle, Repurpose, Recreate: Book-Art & Sculpture workshop Particpants joined Papaerazzi Design Studio Creative Director Michelle Lackenby to learn how to upcycle books into handcrafted paper art pieces, one fold at a time. Book-art demonstrated a fantastic way to give a second life to old books. When: Saturday 13 May 2017, 1PM to 4PM Where: St Kilda Library Community Room, 150 Carlise Street, St Kilda Cost: $45 per person Attendance: 7 > Crafternoon for Children: Comic Jam Advanced Children joined Jess Parker from Squishface Comic Studio for another Comic Jam for kids. With a focus on mastering perspective, each participant learnt how to draw scene settings and create an 8-page comic book to take home. This event was suitable for ages 7-13 years. When: Sunday 25 June 2017, 1PM to 3PM Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Where: Cost: $15 per child Attendance: 10 > Crafternoon for Adults: Botanical Art Workshop Participants joined Australian contemporary artist John Pastoriza-Pinol to learn how to employ techniques from both the centuries old tradition of botanical drawing and contemporary art. Participants were showed composition, drawing, painting and colour theory techniques. When: Sunday 9 July 2017, 2PM to 5PM Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Cost: $50 per person Attendance: 16 > Crafternoon for Adults: Sculpting Art Books Participants joined Louise Seymour from Paperlab to learn how to transform books into works of art. Taking inspiration from Kylie Stillman’s book-art sculpture Local Branch, Louise guided participants through various paper art techniques that showed them how to cut, fold and slice their very own book sculpture. When: Sunday 23 July 2017, 2PM to 4PM Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Cost: $55 per person Attendance: 10
IMAGE > (Next page) Participants learn to transform old books into book-art thanks to Michelle Lackenby, Creative Director, Paperazzi Design Studio. Photograph > Jasmin McNeill.
> Crafternoon for Adults: Basket Weaving Inspired by the Border Lines exhibition at Linden New Art, participants discovered the ancient craft of twined basketry with fibre-design artist Adrienne Kneebone. In this hands-on workshop, participants learnt traditional techniques to harvest, prepare and weave natural materials. Participants were able to take home their beautiful hand-woven work of art or a functional basket. When: Saturday 12 August 2017, 1PM to 5PM Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Cost: $50 Attendance: 8 > Crafternoon for Adults: Botanical Dyeing Inspired by the Border Lines exhibition at Linden New Art, participants joined textile designer Roz Slade, founder of Be Kind Textiles, for a day of extracting colour from local plants, flowers and food to dye fibres and fabric. Participants created an eco-print from leaves and flowers on fabric and paper. The workshops provided take home samples of the dye pots and an information sheet to continue botanical dyeing at home. When: Thursday 7 September 2017, 10Am to 4PM Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Cost: $110 including materials Attendance: 4 > Adultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crafternoon: Origami Christmas Decorations Lead by paper artist Ali Kneebone from Paperazzi Design Studio, participants were shown the ancient art of Origami and Kirigami to fold, cut & create a Christmas ornaments out of a single sheet of paper. Paperazzi Design Studio push the boundaries of art & design within the realm of paper and bookbinding. When: Saturday 16 December 2017, 1PM to 2.30PM Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Cost: $50 per person including materials Attendance: 6
IMAGE > Paper artist Ali Kneebone from Paperazzi Design Studio leads participants to create their own Christmas ornaments using the ancient art of Origami and Kirigami. Photograph > Jasmin McNeill.
ARTIST SPEAKEASY > Artist Speakeasy: Do artists need gallery representation? Guests joined David Hagger (Co-Director, Blackartprojects), Andy Dinan (Director, MARS) and artist Kylie Stillman (represented by Utopia Gallery Sydney) for a panel discussion considering if gallery representation is necessary for a successful career as an artist. Guest speakers, with the audience, discussed how galleries can provide stability, advocacy and support for artists, but also the many opportunities that do not rely on gallery representation. Saturday 23 September 2017, 2.30PM to 3.30PM When: Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra Cost: $11 Attendance: 20 > Artist Speakeasy: Promoting Your Art This artist development workshop provided writing, imaging and promotional advice. Guests heard from both publicists and galleries about their role in promoting artists work to gain an understanding of what the gallery and the media needs. The topics included interview tips, tips for writing artist biographies and artwork statements, as well as tips to successfully document and produce good quality images of art. Guests also learnt how to translate these skills into effective social media promotion, identifying what the media is looking for and writing media releases. Speakers included Deveta Patel (Publicist, Zilla & Brook) and Tom Pender (Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Linden New Art) who shared their advice about how to capitalise on these essential skills. Saturday 21 October 2017, 2.30PM to 3.30PM When: Emerald Hill Library, 195 Banks Place, South Melbourne Where: $11 per person Cost: Attendance: 20
IMAGE > Tom Pender, Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Linden New Art, and Deveta Patel, Publicist, Zilla & Brook, deliver professional advice to artists about promoting their artistic practice. Photograph > Jasmin McNeill.
In 2017 Linden New Art transformed a unique challenge into a fantastic opportunity. In May 2017 our St Kilda home temporarily closed for a major renovation. As a result, Linden New Art was ‘On the Move’ as we spent a period ‘In Residence’ at Domain House. The interruption to Linden’s exhibition schedule and our temporary change in location presented a significant challenge to Linden’s communications. Our primary task was to communicate information about the renovation and subsequent move to Domain House to our existing audience, but also to inform a new audience in the South Yarra area about our presence. To achieve these things, we used the catchphrase “Linden On the Move” as a way to help our current audience understand that Linden New Art was not closing, but temporarily moving. While at Domain House, we used the fun catchphrase “In Residence at Domain House”, which took inspiration from the familiar ‘artist-in-residence’ concept. This helped to inform both our old and new audiences that Linden New Art’s time at Domain House was a special opportunity for a limited time only.
We ensured that our St Kilda audience knew about our temporary relocation through targeted print advertising in local papers and a poster campaign in the local area that featured the catchphrase “Just off St Kilda road”. Our hosts, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, kindly made our specially-produced exhibition and events calendar freely available to their many visitors. We adopted a new audience mapping tool produced by Creative Victoria known as the Audience Atlas Victoria. Using this valuable cultural audience demographics data, we identified our key audience segments in order to strategically inform our communication about our exhibitions and events. Having achieved our 30th anniversary in 2016, we developed a special version of the Linden New Art logo in celebration. We launched a series of digital publications showcasing the impact Linden has had on a selection of key Australian artists. Linden New Art: The First 10 Years 1986-1996 was released at the VIP Preview of our inaugural exhibitions at Domain by House Sam
IMAGE > Penny Byrne celebrates both her Linden Postcard Show 2017-18 win and the positive Marriage Equality announcement in our Instagram post. Photograph > Tom Pender.
Leach and Kylie Stillman. Linden New Art: The Second 10 Years 1997-2007 was released at the VIP Preview of the Linden Postcard Show 2017-18. A final publication in the series titled Linden New Art: The Third 10 Years 2008â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2018 is scheduled for release mid 2018. We look forward to inviting our expanded audience to enjoy our much-improved building mid-2018. TOM PENDER April 2018
MEDIA COVERAGE & VALUE EXHIBITION
NO. MEDIA COVERAGE
Linden Postcard Show 2016-17
Penny Byrne > Brutal & Changing Places
Kylie Stillman > The Opposite of Wild & Sam Leach > Avian Interplanetary
Linden Postcard Show 2017-18
ONLINE & SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT EXHIBITION
Linden Postcard Show 2016-17
Penny Byrne > Brutal & Changing Places
Kylie Stillman > The Opposite of Wild & Sam Leach > Avian Interplanetary
Linden Postcard Show 2017-18
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 Strategy & Business Operations at SuperFriend, a workplace mental health and wellbeing organisation. Catherine leads SuperFriend’s strategy and business plan development, HR, Legal, strategic collaborations and insights & impact functions. 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 SubCommittee, Women’s Property Initiatives Nominations Committee and a Mentor at Fitted for Work. Catherine is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Innovations in Governance executive program at Harvard Kennedy School and has attended the Cranlana Executive Colloquium. 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 who has worked in financial markets for over 20 years. He has extensive leadership, relationship and marketing experience in the financial services industry. Paul is currently a director at the Australian Future Fund where he is looking after relationships with key managers and counterparties in the Overlays sector of the fund. Previously, he has held senior roles in both the funds management industry as well as in financial markets within a number of global investment banks. 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 make better decisions, build great relationships and achieve their goals. Recognising the importance of connecting communities, he founded ie.community to work with government, corporates and cultural institutions to deliver creative communication campaigns and strengthen engagement based on research and rigorous analysis. Prior to starting his i.e., Todd held senior roles including Head of Business Communications at Australia Post and Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Europe for American Express. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Political Economy) from Sydney University, is a Program Advisor for the Masters of Communication program at RMIT, and teaches strategic communication and engagement. Todd joined the Board of Linden in June 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.
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. VANESSA HUXLEY Vanessa has extensive experience in human resources and has worked as a recruiter for several key agencies. Her current role as Senior Recruitment Consultant with Patriot Alliances sees her hiring Managers and Senior Management across the business. She holds a Communications 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 Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creative precincts and regional areas. Deborah has over thirty years 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. 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. BOARD MEMBER
ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND
Cr David Brand
IMAGE > [L-R] Paul Banks, Deborah Stahle, Todd Beavis, Sarah Brennan, Catherine Easton, Biheng Zhang, Jeremy Blackshaw. Not pictured: Cr David Brand & Vanessa Huxley.
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 former Vice President of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria’s Board, and currently chairs their fundraising sub-committee.
DAVID HAGGER > Acting Curator, January - May 2017 David Hagger is a Melbourne-based curator, writer and co-director of Blackartprojects, an itinerant platform for the promotion and exhibition of visual art. Over the past decade he has worked with Australian and international artists to realise projects in private and public galleries, institutions, fairs, festivals and site-specific settings. JULIETTE HANSON > Curator Juliette was appointed as the Curator at Linden New Art in May 2017. Juliette’s previous position was Senior Curator and Collection Manager at the Jewish Museum of Australia, where she continues to work as the Special Projects Curator. From 2011 until 2015 Juliette held the roles of Exhibitions Manager and Senior Curator at The Dax Centre. Over the past decade Juliette has worked across a number of commercial and artist-run galleries, as well as maintaining an independent curatorial practice. Juliette holds a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Liverpool (UK). EMMA MATTHEWS > Public Programs Manager, until February 2017 Emma joined the team as the acting Public Programs 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.
IMAGE > [L-R] Jasmin McNeill, Tom Pender, Melinda Martin, Siying Zhou, Juliette Hanson. Not pictured: David Hagger, Emma Matthews, Lyn Johnson & Madeline Freme.
LYN JOHNSON > Development Manager Lyn joined the team at Linden New Art in July 2017 and brings over 30 years of experience working in creative industries. Most recently, Lyn was the Deputy Director at McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery for the past 8 Â˝ years. Prior to that she was Assistant Director at the Australian Tapestry Workshop and Executive Officer at the Public Galleries Association of Victoria, as well as holding various art boards positions. Lyn holds a Bachelor of Economics with a Major in Art History, a Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Culture and a Masters in Australian Art (all Monash University). In 2010 she curated the first retrospective of artist John Ford Paterson and continues to enjoy her passion of researching forgotten Australian artists. TOM PENDER > Communications & Marketing Coordinator Tom Pender joined Linden in the role of Gallery Administrator (Part Time) in July 2015 and was appointed Communications & Media Coordinator in October 2016. He taught essential study skills to Bachelor of Visual Arts students at the La Trobe University Bendigo. Tom has a background in video production and 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. JASMIN McNEILL > Events & Community Engagement Coordinator 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 was appointed as the Events & Community Engagement Coordinator in September 2017. She is currently undertaking her Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. SIYING ZHOU > Gallery Administrator 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. MADELINE FERME > Gallery Administrator Madeline joined Linden New Art as a volunteer in January 2015 before being appointed to the role of Gallery Administrator in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History and Sociology) and a Master of Art Curatorship (Research) from the University of Melbourne. Her research has primarily been concerned with developing frameworks for curating contemporary art exhibitions within historic sites. Madeline has also worked in commercial operations at the National Gallery of Victoria since 2015. INSTALLATION TEAM > FRAN SHARP > TOM SULLIVAN > SHELLY GRAYDON PHOTOGRAPHERS > DAVID MARKS PHOTOGRAPHER > THERESA HARRISON PHOTOGRAPHY > MATTO LUCAS PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEOGRAPHER > RACHEL FEERY, SHORT PLAY PRODUCTIONS 63
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