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 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
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. Juliette speaks English at home with her daughter, who identifies as Australian.
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.
Events & Community Engagement Coordinator
Linda was appointed as Events & Community Engagement Coordinator in February 2021. Prior to this Linda held the role of Project Manager
at the Victorian Advocacy League of Individuals with Disability, where she coordinated several NDIS Community Capacity Building initiatives.
Linda also coordinated the Connecting the Dots project at Arts Access Victoria, which was subsequently nominated for a 2017 Victorian Health
Award. Linda is a practicing artist and holds a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University (AU), including a winter semester at the Academy of
Fine Art in Prague (CZ), funded by the Freedman Foundation Scholarship, National Association of Visual Arts. Linda is currently completing a
Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University (AU).
Cultural Backgrounds: Linda identifies as Czech Australian, having immigrated to Australia with her mother in the
1980’s as a political refugee. Linda was born to a family of theatre-makers and travels regularly to visit her father and extended family in
Prague. Linda is co-founder and former President of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia. For 6 years, Linda co-led the festival
in a volunteer capacity, expanding to Sydney and Canberra, delivering a huge program of Czech and Slovak arthouse film including locally
curated exhibitions and digital offerings. Linda is bilingual and continues to be an active member of the Czech community in Melbourne.
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 speaks
English, French, a bit of German and Spanish.
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.
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.
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.
FRAN SHARP & TOM SULLIVAN
Exhibition installation staff