Brave New Artists > Holiday Program

Brave New Artists > Holiday Program
IMAGE > Halloween Workshop, Linden Plays, 2022. Photograph: Shelley Xue.

Pull back the curtain of the art world, be an artist, create your own masterpiece, try out being a curator, and install your exhibition.
Everything is possible for Brave New Artists at Linden these school holidays.
This April, you are invited to join us for Brave New Artists > Holiday Program. Across five days, the young participants will explore various kinds of art making, will meet artists, curators and art professionals and get know how an art gallery works.
On the last day, the Brave New Artists will run an exhibition of their own artworks for family and friends to come together and celebrate.

> The program is suitable for those aged 6 - 11 years. Daily schedule and further information will be provided leading up to the program. 

WHEN > Tuesday 18 April to Saturday 22 April 2023
TIME > 10AM to 3PM
VENUE > Linden Workshop Space, rear 26 Acland Street, St Kilda
COST > Free, Limited Spots

Sorry, you've missed the RSVP deadline for this event.



Brendan Ternus is an educator, artist and writer who has lived and worked all over the world. After growing up moving to a different country every couple of years, they got an arts degree at Yale and then moved to Beijing where they built an experimental learning centre called Armada. They've worked as a photography/creative writing teacher in New Orleans and a summer camp designer in Alaska, France and Japan...before winding up in Naarm / Melbourne. They've created escape rooms with young people at ArtPlay, made four books with kids at 100 Story Building, and they currently oversee arts programs at Carlton Primary School.


Elif Bradfield is a German/Turkish fibre artist who grew up in Berlin and moved to Australia 8 years ago. She is a qualified Early Childhood educator and loves using art to help connect young people with their wildest creativity and most confident selves. Elif's own artistic practice includes everything from large-scale abstract cloth pieces to tiny felt figurines that seem to have a life of their own! Besides creating art, Elif loves to go bush walking, cooking Turkish food or reading. A new hobby of hers is growing vegetables and beautiful flowers in her garden. 


Olana Janfa was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and emigrated to Norway as a teenager. He arrived in Australia for a holiday in 2015 and never left. Olana is a self-taught artist who first picked up a brush in 2018 and found his own way. At first, he wanted to recreate the traditional Ethiopian Orthodox church art he remembered from his childhood. As he continued, he found that art connected him strongly with his culture and allowed him to communicate his ideas and experiences. Olana mostly works with recycled timber and found materials, using acrylic, oil and pastel. His practice also involves illustration and large-scale mural works, and teaching kids in schools.


> Do parents/carers need to stay and supervise or can kids be dropped off and picked up?
Parents/carers do not need to stay at the gallery during the program. We have amazing art educators who will be with the kids at all times. Parents, carers, and friends will be invited to celebrate the opening of the 'Brave New Artists’ exhibition on the last day, Saturday 22 April 2023.

> If a family is unable to attend one or two of the scheduled dates, should they still register?
The program is designed so that each day includes specific workshops and guest speakers that build upon each other, leading up to the final exhibition on Saturday. Therefore, we encourage families to register only if their child can attend all of the sessions.

> Is there a contact phone number that parents can call if they have questions before or after registering?
For any enquires please contact Keir Semenov, Events & Community Engagement Coordinator at or (03) 9534 0099.