Linden New Art supports brave new art by mid-career artists and engages visitors through inspiring, thought-provoking exhibitions of new work.
We acknowledge that we must work together to reduce our impact on the environment. We believe in educating ourselves and our visitors through our program of exhibitions and events, as well as developing meaningful partnerships to reduce our impact on the environment.
IMAGE > Linden New Art, 2020. Photograph: Mathieu Vendeville.
The land where Linden New Art now stands was purchased in 1870 by Jewish immigrant Moritz Michaelis (1820-1902). The Victorian mansion was built in 1871 by notable architect, Alfred Friedrich Kursteiner (1829-1897) and the surrounding gardens were designed by landscape gardener and botanist, William Guilfoyle (1840-1912), who also famously designed Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Michaelis named the home Linden meaning ‘Lime Tree’ in German.
IMAGE > Linden interiors provided by the Michaelis family descendants, c.1930.
Linden remained the Michaelis family home until 1957, when it was sold to Mr and Mrs Ronald Witty, then sold to Mr and Mrs Van Veenendaal in 1959. Under both succeeding owners, the mansion operated as an exclusive private hotel known as Linden Court. During this time, additions were built at the back of the mansion, now used as the Linden Projects Space and Linden Workshop Space. In September 1959, the National Trust of Australia, recognised the historic and architectural significance of the building.
Linden New Art is managed by a skilled group of volunteers who each contribute their skills, knowledge and networks to ensure Linden is governed by the highest standards.
The day to day operations of Linden is managed by a small team of skilled and experienced staff.
Linden's volunteers support the team by providing assistance with our exhibition and events program. We are not currently taking new applications, but feel free to send us your details.
Linden Projects Space is a new exhibition space launched at Linden New Art in August 2019. The space is available for hire and has been designed to create exhibition opportunities for artists and curators living and working on the Southside of Melbourne.
IMAGE > Guests at the opening of William Holt's Crashing by Design, 2019. Photograph: Mathieu Vendeville.
IMAGE > Carolyn Menzies working in her studio. Photograph: Mathieu Vendeville.
A safe space
Linden has several studio spaces for artists and one studio spaces for a writer.
Our current artists in residence are:
Our current writer in residence is:
We have two office spaces available for lease at Linden. We are looking for cultural organisations to join us in residence at Linden.
Ideally, the offices will be leased to organisations with the capacity to contribute to the city’s cultural life through programming, collaboration or partnerships.
An inspiring place
IMAGE > Alicia King, Comparative Deletion, 2019, [installation view] iron, resin, birch, 90 x 90 x 4cm. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Theresa Harrison Photography.
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