Our Staff

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



David hagger

Acting Director

David was appointed as the Acting Director of the team at Linden in July 2022. David is a Naarm/Melbourne based curator, consultant and co-director of Blackartprojects. Over the past eighteen years he has worked with Australian and international artists to realise projects for private and public galleries, art fairs, festivals and institutional, government and corporate stakeholders. David is heading the curatorial team for the City of Parramatta Council's recently awarded public art sculpture commission by Reko Rennie; currently consulting for Knox City Council as the Stamford Park Public Art and Heritage Project Manager, overseeing the commissioning of public artwork for the major redevelopment of the site in Rowville, Victoria; and a nominator of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.

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JULIETTE HANSON

Curator and Exhibitions Manager

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.  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 (2006) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Liverpool (UK) (2003)  .

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. Juliette speaks English at home with her daughter, who identifies as Australian.

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Liam james

Gallery Manager

lutruwita/Tasmanian born Arts Worker Liam James joined the Linden team in March 2022. Liam completed his Bachelor of Contemporary Art at the University of Tasmania in 2010, with Honours from the Australian National University in Canberra in 2012. He has worked in a range of arts oriented roles within the creative community, including Director of Sawtooth ARI (2018 - 2021), Co-Director Hobiennale Festival (2016 - 2019), Co-Chair Constance ARI (2016 - 2019). Liam has a driven focus on facilitation, platform creation, community development and models of active participation in cultural production. His facilitation focuses on propelling the voices telling the stories that need to be heard now, practices that break from oppressive traditions, and actions that take risk in thinking and idea sharing.

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keir Semenov

Events & Community Engagement Coordinator

Keir joined the Linden team as a Gallery Administrator in April 2022, and was further appointed as the Events & Community Engagement Coordinator in September 2022. His first engagement with Linden started through the Arts Industry Placement Program in 2019. Keir has extensive experience in marketing, public relations and administration previously working in one of the major art galleries in Moscow. Keir stands for making museums and galleries more accessible and welcoming for people from all cultural backgrounds. He is currently developing multi-lingual tours in Mandarin, Russian and Spanish at Linden and guides exhibition tours in Russian himself. Keir holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne.

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SHELLEY XUE

Design & Marketing Coordinator

Shelley was a member of Linden’s Industry Placement Program. Joining the team as Gallery Administrator in September 2021, Shelley was further appointed as the Design & Marketing Coordinator in March 2022. Formerly worked as the gallery/marketing assistant in Arc One Gallery, Shelley has a multi-faceted experience in the arts, including arts administration, stage and event management, marketing communication, translation, and customer service. She has been an active volunteer across Melbourne’s major art festivals (Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Midsumma) and cultural organisations (Melbourne Art Library, Centre For Contemporary Photography, and NotFair Art Fair). Currently, she is also stage managing for an non-funded queer web-series Low Frequency. Shelley holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne. 

Cultural Backgrounds: Shelley identifies as Chinese. Her mother was born and raised in the southern part of China (Guangdong Province), and her father grew up in the northwest (Xinjiang). Hence, both Cantonese and Mandarin are Shelley’s mother tongue. Shelley came to Naarm/Melbourne in 2018 in pursuit of her Master’s Degree, while her whole family still live in Guangdong, China.

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Karl Halliday

Projects Space Coordinator

Karl was welcomed on board as Projects Space Coordinator in March 2022, bringing to Linden ten years of professional experience working with artists and art organisations across the non-profit sector. An impassioned advocate for the cultural, educational and therapeutic value of the arts, Karl is dedicated to creating opportunities for artists to share their ideas, develop their practices and connect with new audiences. In his independent pursuits, Karl practices as a photographic artist and curator specialising in lens-based media and conceptually-driven forms of artmaking. Since 2020, Karl has served as Chair of the Board of Directors at Blindside. He holds a Masters in Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of History of Art (Hons) from the University of Western Australia.

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Isabel Szabo

Gallery Assistant

Isabel joined the team as gallery assistant at Linden New Art in 2022 after having participated in Linden's Industry Placement Program in 2021. While also working front of house at the Substation in Newport, a contemporary art and performance space, Isabel has gained experience working for a diverse range of events and artists in both front-facing and behind the scenes capacities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in art history from the University of Melbourne, and she is currently working towards completing her Master of Art Curatorship also at the University of Melbourne.

Cultural Backgrounds:
Isabel was born in Australia. Her family migrated from Croatia, but she has many relatives who still live there. Isabel speaks English and Croatian.

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FRAN SHARP

Exhibition installation staff 



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