Linden New Art acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate, the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation and pays our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
IMAGE > Karla Dickens, Mother’s Little Helpers V, 2019, inkjet print, 67 x 120 cm.
Image courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer.
My Mother’s Keeper will feature a film and a series of new photographs produced as a result of a collaboration between the artist Karla Dickens and writer Bruce Pascoe. Initiated by the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation, the work focuses on the urgent need for us to protect and conserve the land and our environment.
This new body of work extends Stockdale’s long-held fascination with early colonial times in Australia. The Long Shot explores the dominant narratives of Australian folk history, mythology and iconography and challenges their potency within a contemporary context. Based on extensive research, Stockdale presents a new version of Ned Kelly’s family history, with a focus on the experiences of Kelly’s mother, Ellen.
IMAGE > Robert Fielding, Echoes #2 (Kapi Pilki Kapi Ilu) [detail], 2019, C-type print on lustre paper, 80 x 120 cm. Image courtesy of the artist, Mimili Maku Arts and Blackartprojects.
Robert Fielding is a contemporary artist of Pakistani, Afghan, Western Arrente and Yankunytjatjara descent, who lives in Mimili Community in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Fielding’s work combines strong cultural roots with contemporary perspectives.
The Linden team is happy to share some great links and art activities with you during the closure of the gallery.
IMAGE > Alicia King in the Studio. Image courtesy of the artist.
Alicia King’s solo exhibition, Our Long Conversation with the Sun, was shown at Linden in 2019. The exhibition aimed to raise questions about the use of technology to manipulate nature and biological systems, including the human body. We asked Alicia what she had been doing during lockdown and what had been keeping her motivated and entertained.
“While in lockdown I've started a new job and moved into a new house (both of which I'm very thankful for), so it's been quite a hectic time. I feel like I have less time now, even though I don't have a work commute anymore. I'm a bit of a workaholic homebody at the best of times, though in my 10th week working from home I finally have itchy feet to get out into the world again. In between packing up my old studio and setting up my new space I haven't had much creative time but having a break from making has been perfect for daydreaming and thinking about what I want to do next creatively. I've been doing a lot of reading and journal sketching, mapping out new project ideas; making the most of ACMI's free Wednesday night film program and links to queer films online; soaking up podcasts like Criminal and This is Love; disconnecting from the news-hype and avoiding COVID-19 conspiracy theory emails from certain family members. It's been a strange time.”
Kylie Stillman’s solo exhibition The Opposite of Wild was shown in 2017 at Domain House in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, while
our Acland St home was being renovated. We asked Kylie what she had been working on recently and what had been keeping her entertained and
motivated over the recent weeks.
“Isolation for me has had me yearning for everything audio. The need to be on screens to communicate for work and learning had me reach for Bluetooth headphones and speakers and flood the house and studio with music, audio readings and conversation. Here are my three loves that are getting me through:
Dan Fox has released a makeshift audio recording of his book ‘Limbo’; the work has been great to revisit in the current climate of isolation.
Richard Watts, 9am - 12pm Thursday on RRR Smart Arts. To be able to still hear from the Melbourne arts community has helped bring the wider world within virtual reach.
And for the kids (3-6 years old), I have discovered Kinderling, which plays quality kids radio programs and music all day long.
Anna Wattler, Manager at Mimili Maku Arts, has shared an update on how the Mimili community have been handling the government restrictions
put in place in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Though this has been a challenging time, it has also brought new opportunities to the
"Mimili is on the APY Lands, a region in the far northwest of South Australia. We have been under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act since mid-March. This means that entry to our region is strictly restricted, and requires 14 days of self-isolation.
Whist those measures may seem extreme, it has been absolutely essential for keeping everyone in community safe. Like many remote Aboriginal communities we experience severe levels of social disadvantage, manifested – amongst other things – in poor health and living conditions that make it hard to impossible to enact best-practice hygiene for prevention of community transmission of COVID. With high rates of diabetes, asthma and kidney disease, large parts of the population out here are considered high-risk when exposed to the virus. That is why the strategy of restricting access to the APY Lands was enacted very early on, and has been strictly executed since."
Katie Gray is an emerging artist who is also part of our team of volunteers. We asked Katie how she has maintained her creative drive during
"I would say the most important thing in order to stay creatively focused is to invest in yourself and your mental health. Then seek some inspiration. Take your time with it, to gather enough that you feel ready to create again. And take time to rest if you need it. Pick some type of project to focus on - something that has an achievable end goal. In such trying times with no control over how long the circumstance will last, it's important to give your brain something to focus on; something that is in your control, and something that you can see the achievable outcome and finish line for."
Erin Coates exhibited in Dark Water with
Anna Nazzari at Linden in 2019.
“My practice is quite strongly connected to ideas I’ve formed around endurance and physicality – at first it was rock climbing, and now it’s free-diving. I need these activities to drive the conceptual aspects of my work and also maintain a sense of physical and creative endurance.
Reading Haruki Murakami’s book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running was like a road to Damascus moment for me. So obviously, being cooped up during COVID-19 is pretty hard! Luckily, in WA, I can still get out for a nearby run and some free diving training in the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River). This is allowing me to have long studio days. I’m working on several new pieces. Some require a lot of concentration and I find I can only have instrumental background music on. Film soundtracks are great for this. I like quite dark stuff, such as the scores to Under the Skin, Annihilation, Sicario, Bladerunner 2049. For other studio work I can listen to podcasts and audiobooks. My current favourites are: 99% Invisible (fascinating design stories), The Allusionist (all things linguistics, very entertaining), ABC’s Bookshelf and Conversations, and I love the podcast The Scissor Sisters – women filmmakers discussing genre, action and horror films. My life goal at the moment is to be a guest on there.”
Make your own upcycled tea light lanterns inspired by Winter Solstice night sky – the longest night of the year – which occurred on the 21st of June 2020.+ Read more
Inspired by our 2019 exhibition Brodie Ellis, Heavy Launch, this exhibition explored the idea of space travel and the resources and energy needed to launch a rocket. This activity allows kids, and enthusiastic adults, to make a rocket of their own and to learn more about propulsion, rocket design, and the transformation of energy.+ Read more
Artist Jonathan Kim’s work considers the importance between objects and the environment they inhabit, while asking the viewer to contemplate their own relationship with the material world. As winter begins to arrive and we all start rugging up inside, we invite you to take the time to consider the materials and space in which you inhabit.+ Read more
Keep healthy and creative during your isolation. The kitchen is the place to be.
This recipe comes from artist Anikcka Yi, who told Mina “It is super tangy from the lemon juice, floral from the zest, and fresh from the addition of peas and herbs. It is filling yet light, and a platform for endless variations.”
Boil pasta in salted water until al dente and set aside.
Whisk together the lemon juice, lemon zest, and minced garlic cloves. Then add the olive oil, chili flakes, and a generous pinch of salt and fresh pepper. Whisk in the...
IMAGE > Lemon and parsley image. Source
This week we have gone for a recipe that would allow you some meditation time whilst baking, as well as the therapeutic pleasure of kneading dough. This is a recipe that was enjoyed by Monet and Millet, presumably because it left them plenty of time for painting as they waited for their rolls to rise.+ Read more
This week Juliette, our Curator, has been in the kitchen again and this time she has made a recipe that was a favourite of Claude Monet. This recipe is a great one to try right now because chestnuts are in season. When roasting chestnuts, it is imperative to score them first, otherwise, as Juliette found out, they explode loudly with great force, coating the inside of your oven with millions of tiny chestnut fragments.+ Read more
South Melbourne Market is an excellent option to stock up on seasonal fruit and veg, and it is now even easier to be healthy as you can drop into their drive-through.+ Read more
Our curator Juliette Hanson has created this beautiful activity called 'Blueberry Poles', tribute to Jackson Pollock's artwork 'Blue Poles', that you can do with your children.+ Read more
The Rubin Museum is using its Buddhist Art collection to offer daily mindfulness tips and guided meditation sessions. The museum is posting daily Instagram videos exploring Himalayan wellness traditions you can practice at home.+ Read more
Support local artists and meditate with Mona Ruijs' 45-minute sound meditation on bandcamp ($5 AUD download for a limited time of one week).+ Read more
Futureme allows you to reflect and write something to your future self. Set the time you want the letter to be delivered and then... wait.+ Read more
Discussions and concerns around the coronavirus outbreak and practising self-isolation can be stressful and impact our mental health and wellbeing. It’s natural to feel a range of emotions, such as stress, worry, anxiety, boredom, or low mood.+ Read more
If you're concerned or if you require some help. Have a look at the headtohealth
You can also call the Coronavirus mental wellbeing support service on 1800 512 348.
The Lifeline Crisis Support Chat is also available to help if you need.
You can also call Beyond Blue at 1800 512 348 or visit their website here.
Transform your indoor or outdoor space with some new plant pots. Creating these terrazzo-style planters from polymer clay will add some colour to your space as well as giving you that sense of satisfaction that comes from a DIY challenge. It is a process with many steps, but we all know that transformation doesn’t always happen overnight!+ Read more
This method of dyeing is free of harmful chemicals and showcases the beauty of nature. The process relies on trust and patience.+ Read more
Ever heard of meditative stitching? Well we hadn’t either, until we hand-picked our way through contemporary Australian artists to find the best and most crafty ways to stay zen.+ Read more
UK's Firstsite Gallery has created a great activity pack to download. Anyone can have a go – there are no specialist materials required, ‘Art is where the home is’ can be downloaded for free.+ Read more
Experience an immersive environment of light and sound in the spirit of Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room+ Read more
From Station to the Renovated Musée d'Orsay. Jump in the history of the museum, of its building. The museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900.+ Read more
Visit the iconinc Guggenheim Museum. Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art.+ Read more
Visit La Casa Azul! The Blue House was the place where Frida Kahlo, the most renowned Latin American artist in the world, came into this world, lived, and took her last breath.+ Read more