Linden New Art at Boonwurrung Country, 26 Acland St, St Kilda is always abuzz with exhibitions, events and activities in their passion for supporting the creation and exhibition of courageous new art by mid-career artists. They exhibit new works that inspire, provoke and start conversations and debate. Upcoming as follows are three events that bring you up close and personal to the creatives, for young and old.
Sat 18 Jun from 2.30-3.30pm - Free event but must register via link given - Meet the artist Morganna Magee. Join Magee for an insightful talk to learn more about the behind-the-scene stories in making Distant Shores, an exhibition currently on display until 31 July 2022 at Linden Projects Space Tue-Sun 11am-4pm. It's an interesting story of collaboration with curator Anna Monea and immigrant families based in the City of Port Phillip.
Sat 2 Jul from 3-4pm - Free but must register - Join Liam James and Karl Halliday from Linden New Art for a comprehensive how-to and introduction to the strategies for writing an effective proposal and artist statement to promote yourself as an artist when applying for an exhibition. All the important little things that gives you the edge.
Sat 20 Aug from 2-3.30pm - Free but must register - Crafternoon for kids - A fun workshop for kids with artist Louisa Bufardeci as she introduces kids to string figure classics. Rules will be out the window as kids are encouraged to practice playfully and make up their own figures. It's an afternoon of skills in collaboration and dexterity of imaginations and fingers.
Did you know that you could bring a bit of art and craft into your home and life for the kids with At Home With Linden? There's a plethora of interesting activities to keep them busy for school holidays and lazy days. From making Terrazzo coasters, to holiday postcards and stained glass windows to making organic origami lampshades and designing their perfect home, Linden has it covered. Pop up postcards are fun activities to get creative and make your own, and who doesn't love playing with modelling clay like Fimo where they can make their own Fimo food. Have pet rocks really gone out of fashion? I think not, and yay to bringing back the forgotten art of shadow puppets and more. There are literally 32 fun activities for kids to engage with.
The adults have not been forgotten either. If you like me have always been intrigued by the art of knots, Linden has one for you to try out. However, if geometric designs are your thing, Linden has you covered. There are crafty ways so you can stay Zen, intro to eco-dyeing, making your own curious book covers, creating an equilibrium mobile and learning to weave and more. If you've not had that time to let the child in you out, here is your opportunity to play and stay creative. All these activities can be found via the same link as the kids activities, plus a thing or three about food. Make your own Afghan biscuits, spent coffee ground shortbread, a supercharged smoothie and more. Lockdown was a time when Linden stayed engaged with community by offering up all these activities. Go further down the page to discover Linden's favourite podcasts, wellness activities and links from the art world. There's much to discover.
9 Jun-31 Jul - Morganna Magee: Distant Shores - a combination of documentary photography, family photos and written testimony that tells the story of the migrant experience and their experiences through cultural connection, memory, longing and loss
11 Jun-4 Sep - Honor Freeman: EBB - explores the metaphoric qualities of water and will feature a bathtub with Freeman's signature soaps alongside contemporary lachrymal vessels used to collect tears, porcelain rain gauges and buckets. Come along and experience projections of our emotional ebbs and flows
11 Jun-4 Sep - Kate Beynon: The Shapeshifter's Hour - for lovers of supernatural themes, guardian figures and magical creatures. Benyon's body of work expands her interest in cross-cultural stories and mythologies. The artist has used textile painting techniques and repurposed materials to create a series of amulets and costume-like artworks
11 Jun-4 Sep - Louisa Bufardeci: Figuring - features over one hundred string figures made of face-mask elastic, pinned across the walls of three galleries. Like abstract Rorschach ink blots, the figures offer hints and suggestions of things that already exist in the world such as animals, objects or scenes. However, they also suggest other things or ideas that don't already exist
This year's Design Fringe will take over all the gallery spaces at Linden, as well as Carlisle Street Art Space located in the St Kilda Town Hall. The accompanying program will stretch beyond the galleries and exhibitions with a suite of events, workshops and artist conversations that explore the design world of the future. This year, Design Fringe asks participating designers to 'Design the Future: Don't Waste Time'. Linked to the major global challenge of sustainability, the exhibition encourages both designers and visitors to rethink our relationship with objects, as well as raising awareness to help us to make better choices about what we buy in order to reduce the amount of waste we produce.
Thu 16 Sep 6-8pm - Launch of Design Fringe at Carlisle Street Art Space with a special address from the Mayor, Marcus Pearl
Fri 17 Sep 6-8pm - Exhibition Opening at Linden New Art, along with announcements of the Design Fringe winners
CALLING ALL DESIGNERS
If you are a designer and would like to enter your work into this year's Design Fringe exhibition, there is a two-step process.
9 May > 1 July - Register your entry with regos opening 9 May. Enter some basic details about yourself and pay the registration fee. The deadline to enter is 1 July.
18 July > 10 August - Enter your works. The second round of registration is from 18 July until 10 August. You'll get a follow up for details of the wonderful work you will be entering into the show.
Read the artists pack for more details here and register now.