The day to day operations of Linden is managed by a small team of skilled and experienced staff.
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 has been a member of the
Public Galleries Association of Victoria's Board from 2013 to 2018, serving as Vice President of the Board from 2014-16, has previously
chaired their fundraising sub-committee from 2017-18.
Cultural Backgrounds: Melinda identifies as Australian and both her parents were born in Melbourne (they grew up in
adjacent suburbs). Her grandparents are mostly of Irish heritage with her maternal grandparents coming from large Irish families, her
paternal grandfather was the one child born in Australia to Irish migrants & her paternal grandmother comes from English &
Swedish background. Melinda’s always been fascinated by different cultural backgrounds – as a kid, she says she always wanted to trade
her Vegemite sandwich for something more exotic. Her extended family includes aunts and uncles from a variety of cultural backgrounds
including post World War II Russian migrants and Japanese Americans.
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. 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 in Melbourne, 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).
Cultural Backgrounds: Juliette identifies as British, having been born in England. Juliette migrated to Australia in 2003
and has lived in Melbourne since 2004, gaining citizenship over ten years ago. Juliette’s parents were both born in the North of England,
as were their parents and grandparents. Juliette also has Scottish heritage on her mother’s side. All of Juliette’s family lives in
England, though Juliette now has a small family of her own with her partner and daughter identifying as Australian. Juliette speaks
English at home.
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 ½ 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.
Design & Marketing Coordinator
Mathieu started working at Linden New Art in May 2019. He previously worked as graphic & web designer and communication manager at
Alliance Française Melbourne as well as for several Alliance Française organisations in Australia and around the world. Mathieu is also a
trained photographer & videographer. He worked as graphic designer in France for cultural institutions such as the Classical Music
Academy in Brittany, Artists in Hospitals associations and film festivals. Mathieu studied Art in France at Lille University, as well as
graphic design and communication at Rennes Fine Art School in France.
Cultural Backgrounds: Mathieu identifies as French and Australian. Mathieu was born in France and moved to Australia eleven
years ago. Both parents and family are still in the north of France and have Belgian origins on his mother's side. Mathieu's
partner is also French and French is spoken at home, although English is spoken as soon as a non-French speaker is around. Mathieu speaks
English, a bit of German and Spanish and loves the Australian multicultural society.
Events & Community Engagement Coordinator
Jasmin stepped into the role of Events & Community Engagement Coordinator in September 2017. She has experience in various
not-for-profit organisations including Melbourne Museum and Camden Arts Centre, London in curatorial projects, public programs, arts
education, festivals and publications. Jasmin is a current member of BLINDSIDE Board of Directors and has recent experience as Creative
Producer for Mudfest arts festival at The University of Melbourne, Gallery Administrator for Linden New Art, Gallery Assistant for Gippsland
Art Gallery, Treasurer for the Art History Student Society and Sub-editor for .jpg Art Journal. She is undertaking a Masters of Art
Curatorship at The University of Melbourne and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Visual Culture from Monash University.
Cultural Backgrounds: Jasmin identifies as Australian with a Vietnamese and Scottish/Irish heritage. Her mother is 1st
generation Australian who migrated from South East Asia when she was 13 years old and her father is 3rd generation Australian. Jasmin is
also close to her French-Vietnamese relatives in Paris. She speaks English and a little bit of French while her mother also speaks
Vietnamese, Thai and Lao with Jasmin’s grandparents. Jasmin feels connected to the Isle of Barra in Scotland where the McNeill clan
originated and Hue in Vietnam where her maternal grandparents were born.
Hana Vasak joined Linden in the role of Gallery Administrator in May 2019. Hana’s experience across the arts includes arts administration
and education, community engagement, curatorial projects, events, fundraising and front-of-house operations. She has been involved in
various arts and cultural organisations and spaces including Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Department of Foreign Affairs
Immigration and Trade for the Federal Republic of West Papua. Hana is currently also working as the Front of House Coordinator at the
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and a member of the BLINDSIDE Board acting as Sponsorship coordinator. Hana holds a Master of Arts
Management as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT University.
Cultural Backgrounds: Hana identifies as a Czech-Australian. Hana was born in Prague and migrated to Australia with
her immediate family in 1991. Hana has a
Slovakian heritage on her mother's and grandparents side. The rest of Hana’s family still live in the Czech Republic. Hana speaks Czech
with her father and while home with her family.
Sebastian began his position as Gallery Administrator in May 2019. He holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts specialising in photography
from RMIT University as well as a Masters of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne. Sebastian has a background in arts
administration having previously worked in the Arts and Culture department at RMIT University.
Chloé joined Linden as the Volunteer Officer in May 2019 with an extensive background in arts-based volunteering. She has curated
exhibitions at Verge Gallery, Cold Cuts and RMIT University, and has moderated panels at RMIT University and Schoolhouse Studios. Chloé
holds a Master of Arts Management (with Distinction) from RMIT University and was a member of the inaugural 2019 First Site Committee,
where she coordinated a dynamic range of public programs and events for students and the wider community. She also holds a Bachelor of
Arts (Art History and Cultural Studies) from the University of Sydney. Chloé is Chair of the Board of Directors at BLINDSIDE.
Cultural Backgrounds: Chloé identifies as Australian with Scottish/Irish/American heritage on her father's side,
and English heritage on her mother's side (although we are talking some generations back). Her maternal great-grandparents emigrated
from England in the early twentieth century. Chloé grew up in Sydney's northern beaches, and her grandparents are (and were) iconic
characters in their local community. Chloé speaks English and some incredibly rusty Spanish from first-year undergrad. She studied Japanese
at high school and absolutely loved it, but didn't take it further. Chloé feels a really strong pull to Ireland, despite not knowing
exactly where her ancestors might have originated from! She has always wanted to visit Scotland, perhaps for the same reason.
FRAN SHARP & TOM SULLIVAN
Exhibition installation staff