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More Programs Announced & Opening Reminder > Michelle Hamer, Shivanjani Lal, Vittoria Di Stefano

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JUNCTURE
SHIVANJANI LAL > MERE PORVAJ [I AM REMEMBERING]
VITTORIA DI STEFANO > PEARS ON A WILLOW


In 2023 Linden New Art launched JUNCTURE, a major new art prize for Australian mid-career contemporary artists. Two artists are each awarded $20,000 to support their practice, and twelve months in which to develop new work to be presented as a solo exhibition at Linden 2024. The inaugural winners of the prize were Shivanjani Lal and Vittoria Di Stefano.

Shivanjani Lal is a Fijian-Australian artist and curator whose work uses personal grief to account for ancestral loss. She uses storytelling, objects and video to account for lost histories and to explore narratives of indenture and migratory histories from the Indian and Pacific oceans. Lal’s work acts as a guide through lived and imagined narratives, attempting to decipher what is lost and the possibilities of futures. Lal’s work is grounded in truth telling and a questioning of art history.

Mere Porvaj (I am remembering) speaks to the history that has been forgotten, the labour of women, and the love of a land that continues to hold them. Incorporating print making, textiles, objects and a song that holds it all together, this exhibition presents a meditation on who gets to remember but also small moments of joy and prayer that allow a community to continue and persist.

A silver looking metal casting of half a lime sits on a dark wooden structure. Behind drapes a yellow tassel against a bright red wall.

Vittoria Di Stefano primarily works in sculpture and installation. Employing a methodology of generative material experimentation, her work explores themes of liminality, transformation and desire, with a particular emphasis on domestic space and intimate materiality. Using a diverse palette of materials, Di Stefano explores how experiences generated through art practice can produce new knowledge about everyday materiality, disrupt received cultural meanings, and critically engage with the political and cultural inferences of materiality.

Pears on a Willow is a site-specific sculptural installation for Linden New Art that explores the poetics of domestic spaces and their embedded histories. The work is a result of Di Stefano’s research into two historical narratives: that of the Linden site itself, a family home originally built for Jewish immigrant Moritz Michaelis in the nineteenth century; and the journey of the artist’s own Polish grandparents, who emigrated to Australia after the Second World War. While these two histories differ in circumstance and timeframe, their stories intertwine and overlap in their discussion of trauma, perseverance, survival and love. The exhibition explores the complexity of personal histories, the unreliable nature of memory, and the poetics of the in-between states that characterise our domestic spaces and lived realities.


MICHELLE HAMER > I’M A BELIEVER


Three monotypes on a black background featuring heavily redacted and obscured medical letters at times overlayed with abstracted medical imagery.

I’m a Believer confronts dismissive language surrounding chronic health issues through a darkly humorous lens. Ethically sourced letters, including those from medical professionals, are redacted, leaving traces of the original context and exposing delegitimising wording. The patient experience is laid bare, revealing subjective judgments within professional objectivity. The exhibition features Hamer’s first series of silkscreen prints and monoprints crafted from redacted letters and medical scans, alongside five new hand stitched works, exploring gendered language, access, and erasure.


PUBLIC PROGRAMS


Portraits of Shivanjani Lal and Manisha Anjali.

IN CONVERSATION > SHIVANJANI LAL x MANISHA ANJALI
Sunday 2 June 2024, 12 > 1PM, FREE

A group of people stand in a gallery space, gazing towards the same direction absorbedly.

CURATOR’S TOURS
Saturday 15 June 2024, 12 > 1PM, FREE / Saturday 17 August 2024, 1 > 2PM, FREE

LINDEN PLAYS > PORTRAIT PAINTING WITH PEY CHI
Saturday 22 June 2024, 1PM > 2:30PM, FREE, Limited Spots

Portraits of Vittoria di Stefano and Dr Sophie Knezic.

IN CONVERSATION > VITTORIA DI STEFANO x DR SOPHIE KNEZIC
Saturday 29 June 2024, 1 > 2PM, FREE

LINDEN CREATES > POETRY MASTERCLASS
Saturday 20 July 2024, 11AM > 4PM, $100, Booking Essential

MEET THE ARTIST > MICHELLE HAMER
Saturday 3 August 2024, 1 > 2PM, FREE


UNTUTORED LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS


A watercolour drawing of a person sitting on a chair with their hands around their bent left leg. > A pencil sketch of a person stretching their right leg on a footstool.

Every Monday, 6:30PM to 8:30PM, at Linden Workshop, $20 in cash

Discover the joy of life drawing in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Whether you’re an experienced artists or a complete beginner, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop your skills, meet like-minded people, and enjoy a creative evening. These sessions are perfect for those looking to unwind after a busy day and share a common passion for art in a supportive community.

  • Bring Your Own Materials: Use the tools and materials that you’re most comfortable with.
  • Easels and Boards Provided: We supply the essentials so you can concentrate on your drawing.
  • Cost: $20 in cash for a two-hour session with an experienced life model.

No prior experience is necessary, and there’s no need to sign up in advance. Simply turn up and join in! For more info, please email shellie@shellietonkin.com.


WELCOME TO THE TEAM


Linden is excited to announce the appointment of Hamish Sawyer as our new curator, and Claudia Phillips as our new Education & Public Program Coordinator.

Hamish is an experienced curator and writer, whose practice is informed by close collaboration with artists, with a focus on mid-career, female, First Nations, and LGBTIQ+ practices. He is currently Artistic Director of NorthSite Contemporary Arts in Gimuy/Cairns and was previously interim Director of Outer Space, a not-for-profit contemporary arts organisation in Meanjin/Brisbane, Curator at the Caloundra Regional Gallery on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, and a co-curator for the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8). Linden is excited by what Hamish will bring to our programming. He will begin at the end of July.

Born and raised in Naarm, Claudia Phillips is an artist and arts educator who started at Linden in 2024. Claudia has extensive experience working in Public Programs for galleries including Schoolhouse Studios, Seventh Gallery and Bus Projects. She is interested in the Reggio Emilia model which believes that the gallery environment is the third teacher and must be enriching and supportive for every child. Claudia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) from RMIT University, and a Master of Teaching from Victoria University.

Welcome Hamish and Claudia!

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