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Well, here we are again in Lockdown 4.0 Melbourne. We know what to do, we’ve been here before. Let’s hope we are back doing all the things that Melbourne offers very soon.

The gallery is closed, and we are all back working from home. Like the last lockdown, our little team has got together to provide you with a host of great content for you to explore and inspire your day.

We have some great events coming up, so get your future self sorted with some excellent conversations to be had.

Stay safe and well good people,

Melinda, Lyn, Juliette, Mathieu, Linda, Chloe, Hana and Ada

P.S. Special thanks to our very excited homeschooled assistant, Florence, who leapt at the chance to teach us all she knew about magic tricks so we could share them with you.

Natasha Bieniek > Connecting with Nature
Teach your kids some new tricks > Magic Tricks
Adults’ activity > Wellness Deities
First Nations Design Commission
Linden Projects Space Applications
Things that made us happy
In the neighbourhood
Sources of support

NATASHA BIENIEK > CONNECTING WITH NATURE

Natasha Bieniek’s current solo exhibition, Halcyon, is a celebration of the green spaces that mean so much to us all. The artist believes that time spent in nature and in gardens improves our mental wellbeing. Her exhibition encapsulates the calm and tranquillity that can be found when we connect with nature. 

If you’re a St Kilda local, then you will recognise the scene captured above is of one of St Kilda’s own green gems – the St Kilda Botanic Gardens. If you’re lucky enough to have this space within your 5KM radius, or any green space for that matter, maybe consider prioritising a daily dose of the green stuff to keep yourself feeling fine.

Like to learn a little more about Natasha and her practice. We have got you sorted.
Join Director Melinda Martin for an intimate conversation with this six-time Archibald Prize finalist, to learn more about her practice and discuss her most recent works

MEET THE ARTIST > NATASHA BIENIEK
Saturday 19 June 2021
2 PM to 3 PM
FREE Live on YouTube and Facebook

+ Book your spot here

TEACH THE KIDS SOME NEW TRICKS
> MAGIC TRICKS

Ruth Höflich’s current exhibition, To Feed Your Oracle, was inspired by the WG Alma Conjuring Collection, held at the State Library of Victoria. William George Alma (1904–93) was an Australian magician and manufacturer of conjuring apparatus and props. His collection of books, photos, posters and research notes on every aspect of magic and conjuring contains over 4,000 items.

If you have a budding magician in your house, here are some simple magic tricks to practice. We don’t recommend researching how to saw your sister in half….that is not magic and will leave scars!

These tricks require some patience and dexterity to master.

+ View the Banana-buster magic trick

If a conjuring collection has you intrigued and you would like to learn more about what inspired Ruth’s exhibition. Join our Curator Juliette Hanson for a thought-provoking conversation with leading mid-career Melbourne based artist Ruth Höflich, to explore the ideas behind her work and practice.
 MEET THE ARTIST > RUTH HÖFLICH
Tuesday 8 June 2021
6 PM to 7 PM
FREE Live on YouTube and Facebook

+ Book your spot here

ADULTS’ ACTIVITY > WELLNESS DEITIES

Vipoo Srivilasa’s paintings in Wellness Deity explore the artist’s personal experience of overcoming some of the negative thoughts that he encountered during Melbourne’s second lockdown. Vipoo channelled these uncomfortable feelings into positive thoughts for self-improvement seeing him emerge with new skills, having ventured into painting, a new medium that has expanded his artistic practice.

These paintings act as a gentle reminder for us all to try to channel our own negative thoughts and feelings and to practice our own mindful ways of focussing on the positive. Explore some activities to help you find that inner calm.

+ Mindful body scan

+ Tai Chi guided meditation

If you’d like to learn more about Vipoo’s practice and work. Join Curator Juliette Hanson in discussion with Vipoo.

MEET THE ARTIST > VIPOO SRIVILASA
Thursday 22 July 2021
6 PM to 7 PM, FREE
Live on YouTube and Facebook

+ Book your spot here

OTHER EVENTS

ARTIST SPEAKEASY > WHAT ARE NFT’S?

Are you an artist wondering what an NFT is and should you get involved?

Join us for a special professional development session unpacking this illusive acronym. We will set the record straight, covering definitions, contexts and how practising artists can take advantage of this new technology and potential marketplace for their art practice.   

Tuesday 13 July 2021
6 PM to 7 PM, FREE
Live on YouTube and Facebook

+ Book your spot here

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS > ANALOGUE VS DIGITAL

What are the connections between Analogue and Digital? In this Strange Bedfellows event, we hear from two speakers addressing all things analogue, and digital in the screen world.  Prepare to learn some weird and wonderful facts and compete to see if you can come up with the winning question. Prizes will be awarded to those with the best connections. 

Thursday 05 August 2021, 
6 PM to 7 PM, FREE 
Live on YouTube and Facebook 

+ Book your spot here

FIRST NATIONS DESIGN COMMISSION

Are you a fabulous First Nations Designer with a great idea? Or do you know someone who is?

We need you to submit an application that responds to the theme of Home. The work will feature in Design Fringe (the reimagined Furniture Fringe) that the Linden teams will present in partnership with our good friends at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

The successful applicant will receive a total fee of $10,000 plus GST. Applications close soon on Wednesday 2 June 2021.

+ Read the commission brief here

+ Apply online here

LINDEN PROJECTS SPACE
> APPLICATIONS DUE 31 MAY (YEP TONIGHT)

Stop talking about it and start typing right now. You have until midnight tonight to apply to show in the Linden Projects Space. We are looking for fabulous exhibitions to show in this space in the second half of this year and early 2022. If you get your skates on, then your work could be on display at Linden very soon!

And if you are from the Southside of the river, well we give you extra points as it is a space where we want to show the creativity of our area.

+ Find out more and submit a proposal here

THINGS THAT MADE US HAPPY

The Netflix series Nailed It! takes cake artistry to a whole new level, with surprising and hilarious results. In the latest season, themed Double Trouble, home-baking enthusiasts battle it out in pairs to recreate edible masterpieces by head judge Jacques Torres, famous French pastry chef and chocolatier who also goes by the moniker ‘Mr. Chocolate’. It’s a recipe for giggles and culinary mishaps, hosted by the effervescent American comedian Nicole Byer. If you’re looking to lift your lockdown baking game this time around, Nailed It! is a playful guide to the dos and don’ts of novelty cake-making.

We’ve all seen images of cars backed up at COVID testing sites across Melbourne, but sometimes it’s not just humans waiting patiently in their vehicles. ‘Swab Dogs of Insta’ features more than 280 snaps of furry friends – dogs and (unimpressed) cats – accompanying their humans as they queue up to be swabbed. We all need a little bit of animal joy at the moment, and this page truly delivers. Do you recognise any of these treasured pets?  

IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Speaking of cakes, who’s currently at home craving the Chocolate Kooglhoupf from Monarch Cakes.  Do you know someone who will be celebrating their birthday in lockdown? You can order cakes online to be delivered throughout Melbourne and with a little bit of extra notice, Monarch Cakes can even send their sweet treats by post! The Chocolate Kooglhoupf is so popular that it has been ordered by people all over Australia, so those a bit further afield get to experience love at first bite. Monarch Cakes have been using the same recipes for over 80 years and are known for their famous Plum Cake, which uses very little butter (sorry, butter fiends) and a whole lot of dark plums. There are plenty of decadent varieties on offer, whatever your preference!

+ Visit Monarch Cakes here

ST ALI

ST. Ali is a coffee institution in Melbourne (which is no mean feat), but did you know they also sling cocktails, whisky, beer and wine for those of us who are ready to restock the drinks cabinet? They even have an extremely limited, 21-year-aged whisky from Yamazakura, Japan for the connoisseur/collector. If you want ST. ALi to do all the work for you, check out their Cascara Negroni and Espresso Martini bottled cocktails. Voilà! 

+ Visit ST. ALi here

PATIENT WOLF DISTILLING CO 

Meanwhile, Patient Wolf Distilling Co. have kindly made their cocktail recipes available to the public, which you can view on their website. Hop onto their online shop to order booze and mixers so your at-home version tastes just like the Patient Wolf original!

+ Visit Patient Wolf Distilling Co here

MEATSMITH

And finally, Meatsmith is making lockdown gift-giving a cinch: they offer an online-only gift voucher for those who’d prefer to browse the virtual “shelves” and have their food and drinks delivered. Check out their range of curated gift selections and gift vouchers available at specific price points for their sumptuous hampers and wine packs. As Meatsmith says, when you can’t decide on the perfect gift for a loved one, give them “the gift of choice”.

+ Visit Meatsmith here

NEED SOME HELP TO GET THROUGH THIS? 

Support is always there – from a friend or a family member. But sometimes it is a bit much and you need some professional advice and assistance.

If you’re concerned or if you require some help you can reach out to the following services.

headtohealth website.
> Call Beyond Blue at 1800 512 348 or visit their website here.
> Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or use the Lifeline Crisis Support Chat

IMAGES > Natasha Bieniek, Biophilia [held by the artist], 2015, oil on dibond, 9 x 9cm. Image courtesy of the artist and This is no Fantasy. > Banana-Buster activity. Photographs: Linda Studena. > Artist Speakeasy NFT Source: Christie’s Images Ltd. 2021/BEEP via REUTERS > Ruth Höflich, To Feed your Oracle, 2021. Photograph: Theresa Harrison Photography. > Robert Fielding, Routes / Roots [installation view], 2020. Image courtesy of the artist and Mimili Maku Arts. Photograph: Theresa Harrison Photography. > Anna Révész, Architecture of Memory [installation view], 2021.⁠ Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Mathieu Vendeville. > Still from the Netflix series Nailed It! Source. > @swabdogsofinsta on Instagram. Source. > Gideon Markham at Monarch Cakes with his daughter, Nikki Laski. Image: Audrey Bourget. Source. > Covid-19 illustration. Source: headtohealth.gov.au.


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Linden New Art is closed to the public due to new restrictions from the Victorian government. Stay well, stay safe.

We look forward to seeing you soon.