Our Staff

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



MELINDA MARTIN

CEO & Director

Melinda joined the team at Linden as Director in July 2012 with 20 years of arts management experience. She is passionate about connecting audiences to the work of leading contemporary artists and creating conversations that lead to new ways of thinking and understanding the complex world we live in. 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, and 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.

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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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CLARE NIERE

Events & Community Engagement Coordinator

Clare was appointed the role of Events and Community Engagement Coordinator in March 2022. Her journey with Linden initially began with the Arts Industry Program and later entered the role of the Gallery Assistant in November 2020. She holds a strong passion for textiles and is specifically interested in the intersection between art and craft in the context of contemporary gallery settings. Clare’s experience across the arts includes art administration, curatorial and collection management, community engagement and front-of-house operations. Clare currently holds a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) from RMIT University.  

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SHELLEY XUE

Design & Marketing Coordinator

Shelley was a member of Linden’s Industry Placement Program and she joined the team as Gallery Administrator in September 2021. 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, as well as working as an assistant in Arc One Gallery. 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 appointed 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. In his independent pursuits, Karl practices as a photographic artist and curator specialising in lens-based media and conceptually-driven forms of artmaking. 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. 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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Anna García Solana

Gallery Administrator

Anna joined Linden in the role of Gallery Administrator in March 2022. Anna is an independent artist, art curator and manager. She graduated with a Double Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Teaching from Barcelona University in 2008, with specialties in photography and video art. She also holds two Diplomas in Cultural Management and Project Management that she finished in Barcelona and Melbourne correlatively. Anna was formerly the Co-Founder & Director (2015-2018) and Advisor (2019) of the Young Gallery Weekend art festival (Barcelona).

Currently, running Fire Escape Contemporary Art from Melbourne, an art project that she started in 2012 in Barcelona, Anna is also studying a Master's in Creative Industries. Taking on an international perspective, her research centers on cross-national art community development. Dedicating to bring together stakeholders of the arts across Europe and Australia, Anna has been making efforts on establishing an dynamic social arts hub since 2012, where creativity, intellectual exchanges and critical thinking are fostered and encouraged.

Cultural Backgrounds: Anna identifies as a Catalan. Her family and relatives are based among the land of the Mediterranean Sea. She speaks Spanish, Catalan & English, and she has a soft spot for "Spanglish". Anna moved to Melbourne in December 2018 and still feels fresh about everything here. She loves Melbourne but misses the Mediterranean climate - she is working on adapting herself to the Melbourne weather. 

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Ada Coxall

Volunteer Officer

Ada started off her engagement with Linden New Art as a volunteer, working at openings and helping in the gallery spaces. She was also a member of Linden's Industry Placement Program which works with University of Melbourne Masters students on expanding their experience in working within the arts and cultural sector. She has worked as Linden's Volunteer Officer since November 2020, while also currently finishing her Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne.

Cultural Backgrounds: Ada was born in Australia, though mostly grew up overseas in the UK and Saudi Arabia. Despite this, she does identify herself as being Australian, albeit with a slight British tinge. She speaks English at home, and desperately wants to improve her Spanish. 

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FRAN SHARP & TOM SULLIVAN

Exhibition installation staff 


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