Linden EXTRA

Linden Contemporaries

After all that time in 2020 not being able to go very far at all, escaping the city seemed like the perfect thing to do for our first Linden Contemporaries event of 2021. The Linden team hit the road and travelled to the stunning Point Leo Estate sculpture park in Merricks.

Linden’s Deputy Chair Owen Craven and Director Melinda Martin guided guests through the collection highlighting the work of KAWS, Clement Meadmore, Juame Plensa, Reko Rennie and Richard Tipping among many. Thank you to everyone who braved the cool breeze, then warm sunshine as we explored this outdoor collection of nationally significant sculptures and finished off with a glass of wine or two.


Linden Contemporaries is a unique donor program and takes supporters behind the scenes and into:

  • the creative spaces of leading mid-career artists
  • exclusive exhibition tours of special exhibitions
  • private tours into the homes of significant collectors.

Each event is different to the next, so things never get boring and there is always ample time for warm conversations and new insights.

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If you have got a few questions and would like to know a little drop send a note to our Development Manager Lyn and she will answer all your questions.

What’s coming up next? ASH KEATING STUDIO VISIT

This Linden Contemporaries event takes us across the river to make our way to the industrial heartland of the northern suburbs of Melbourne for a very special studio visit.

Ash Keating’s exhibition Duality was created in response to Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown and his desire for audiences to see new work in real life. Duality is an exhibition in two parts and as the season of autumn turns the leaves in Melbourne different shades, the Linden team will install a second series of paintings for this exhibition.

This is a very special opportunity to see the new works that form part two of this exhibition in the space they were created in prior to them coming to the gallery, and chat to Ash about his creative process and the inspiration behind this body of work.

 Ash’s large studio allows us to accommodate up to 10 guests in each session and we will run two sessions on the day to ensure everyone has the chance to meet Ash and learn more about his practice.

You have to be part of the Linden Contemporaries to book for these events.

DATE > Sunday 21 March 2021
GUEST TICKETS > $35 per person
+ SESSION 1 > 2.00-3.00PM
+ SESSION 2 > 3.30-4.30PM

Don’t miss out.

Editing: Chloé Hazelwood | Design: Mathieu Vendeville

IMAGES [Top to bottom] > Reko RENNIE. Mirri, 2018. Photographer David Hannah. Image courtesy of Pt Leo Estate > Owen Craven & Melinda Martin looking at KAWS, Share, 2020. Photograph: Lyn Johnson > Linden Contemporaries members at Point Leo Estate. Photograph: Lyn Johnson > Linden Contemporaries' event at Susie Nathan's home, 2019. Photograph: Mathieu Vendeville. > Ash Keating in his studio. Photograph: Dan Preston. > Portrait of Ash Keating. Photograph: Dan Preston.

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22 May 2021 > 22 August 2021

Ruth Höflich

To Feed your Oracle

Ruth Höflich is an artist and filmmaker, born in Munich, Germany, and currently based in Melbourne. In an installation of video, photography and site intervention, To Feed Your Oracle will explore how we might understand, or predict, things that we can’t see and how our expectations might affect how we experience the unknown.
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Natasha Bieniek

Natasha Bieniek is best-known for her miniature oil paintings. Bieniek’s paintings are meticulous in their execution and demand close inspection. They link the ancient tradition of 16th century miniature painting with present-day image culture.

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Thank you!

We look forward to welcoming you at the gallery soon to see our latest series of solo exhibitions by leading mid-career artists.
> Troy Emery's Sonder
> Nicholas Folland's Burn Down the House
> Ash Keating's Duality.

If you would like to find out more about these exceptional artists, book into a Meet the Artist session to hear from them what drives their practice and what inspires their creativity.

I would like to offer my thanks to Creative Victoria for the additional funding to support this new initiative and to the fabulous team at Linden who have worked behind the scenes to create Linden Extra.

Melinda Martin
March 2021

Q&A by Juliette Hanson | Editing: Juliette Hanson & Chloé Hazelwood | Design: Mathieu Vendeville