About us

Welcome to Linden New Art

Linden New Art, established in 1986, is a public gallery located in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda. Our vision is to be a leading mid-size contemporary art space. Our mission is to be a conversation-driven organisation championing bold new ideas. With a focus on mid-career artists, we pursue inclusive, thought-provoking programs creating new experiences & engagement through contemporary art. We embrace different ways of experiencing and seeing the world and oneself, and provide opportunities to learn, debate and explore through contemporary art. 

Our core activity is defined by three aspects: exhibitions, public and education programs, and knowledge generation. Exhibitions are uniquely focussed on supporting mid-career artists and consist of solo exhibitions, often of new work, and thematic exhibition, which engage with the big issues of our time.  Exhibitions are supported by multi-faceted public and educational programs, and the generation of online essays and exhibitions publications, targeted towards diverse audiences.

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IMAGE > Linden New Art, 2020. Photograph: Mathieu Vendeville.


Projects Space

Linden Projects Space is a purpose-built gallery space dedicated to providing artists and curators of all career-levels a supportive environment to test their ideas, experiment, and exhibit their work.

IMAGE > Jeremy Blincoe, The Fragile Skin of the World [installation view], 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects.

Programmed each year by an open and equitable proposal call-out process, Linden Projects Space presents a diverse, free-to-visit, rotating exhibition program of solo, collaborative, and curatorial projects. We welcome proposals for projects that are critically-engaged, conceptual, cross-disciplinary, site-responsive, participatory, challenging, innovative, and discursive.

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Our Building

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.

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Our Board

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.

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Our Staff

The day to day operations of Linden is managed by a small team of skilled and experienced staff.

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Love what we do at Linden New Art? Why don’t you join us to see what we can achieve together.

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Linden's volunteers support the team by providing assistance with our exhibition and events program. Please get in touch to enquire further about the Linden volunteer program.

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