Linden EXTRA with

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We recently caught up with some of our talented Volunteers to learn a little more about them.


⁠I am currently doing the Master of Art Curatorship program at the University of Melbourne. I am not quite sure what I am gonna do in the future, but what I can confirm is that I will be an art role in any related art industry.⁠ ⁠ At first, I just went to natural history art museums because my bachelor's degrees were in History and International Relations. but when I was travelling to a new city, I found the art gallery of that city is sometimes just closed to museums and I would love to explore more about them.

I gradually started to love the atmosphere in art galleries and started to appreciate art works because I feel like an art gallery is a space that could let me separate and escape the real world for a while.⁠ ⁠ I curated an online exhibition for the Special Collections⁠ Department of University of Missouri-Columbia entitled Hiller Collection, which documents cities, industries, farming, and everyday life in China during the second phase of the Chinese Civil War from 1945 to 1948 and I was focusing on Nanking (Nanjing) and Soochow (Suzhou) these two city.⁠ ⁠

I was born and grew up in China, and finished my Bachelor Degrees in the United States. The most frequent art museums/galleries I went to are The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and Saint Louis Art Museum in the past. But now I go to National Gallery of Victoria and the Centre Contemporary of Photography very often.⁠

I remembered the first exhibition I saw in Linden New Art was Simon Finn's Breath-hold dwelling in 2019, and that is the first time I went to St. Kilda (Because I just came to Melbourne in July 2019 LOL.).⁠


I am Yi-Ju Lai, or you can call me Felisa.⁠

I started volunteering in Linden because of the Arts Industry Placement Program Linden runs in partnershipw with the University of Melbourne. It was my first semester in unimelb also my first year to come to Melbourne from Taiwan. I was and still studying Master of Art Curatorship at university. Volunteering is really good opportunity for me to meet people and get to know the city and community.⁠

All the moments are good and warm. I feel welcome to the group. Especially during the COVID-19 lockdown. I am away from my country and family, but Linden team kept in touch with us and having multiple virtual events and activities for us to participate in. It really helps and supports me during the lockdown.⁠ ⁠Linden is an active and energetic place for people who interested in or want to know more about contemporary art. The works of art in exhibition are bold and amazing. The Linden Postcard Show is the exhibition that you can’t miss when you come to St. Kilda.


I’ve been an art teacher for over 40 years now, the last 25 years in Adolescent Psychiatry at Monash Children’s Hospital. I’m currently an educational consultant/creative group program facilitator for the Bayside School Refusal Clinic.

I sing & love a dance class (Nia every week, tango being my favourite).
I’ve always believed that participation in the arts is so beneficial for a persons good mental health.

I was born in Hobart but grew up in Burwood. Did my art training at the Melbourne University in the late 70’s. I love the NGV at St Kilda Rd, it’s one of my “safe places”. My favourite collection is the medieval collection. My most favourite exhibition ever was Jean Paul Gaultier, I saw it 5 times!

The first exhibition I saw at Linden was the Linden Postcard Show.
I always wanted to be a muse when I grew up & now I can happily say that I am, to an artist called Mike!

IMAGES [Top to bottom]: Portrait of Viola. Photographs: Mathieu Vendeville.
> Portrait of Felisa. Photographs: Mathieu Vendeville.
> Portrait of Kerry. Photograph: Kerry.

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