Eight recently graduated artists compete in the Linden Art Prize 2019.

Linden New Art is proud to present the fourth Linden Art Prize, a non-acquisitive contemporary art award established for artists who have recently graduated from a Masters’ or PhD degree in Victoria. The exhibition runs from Saturday 23 February to Sunday 28 April 2019. The work of the eight finalists will be presented in the exhibition and from these, two prize-winners will be chosen.

The prizes are as follows:

  • Linden Art Prize > $10,000, with tailored mentoring
  • Linden New Art Inc. Board Encouragement Award > $2,000 with tailored mentoring.The Linden Art Prize 2019 attracted 36 entries from artists who have recently graduated from a Victorian University. The eight finalists were selected by: Charlotte Christie, Curatorial Manager at the Koorie Heritage Trust; Owen Craven, Principal and Senior Curator with UAP; and Claire Watson, Senior Curator at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.

Owen Craven said, “The overall standard of submissions was very high, with great diversity in practices and conceptual investigations. The shortlisting judges enjoyed the robust discussion over what should be selected and were collectively pleased with the eight finalist artists. Each of the shortlisted artworks demonstrate outstanding technical skill, new and experimental processes and an exciting variety of media including installation, sculpture, painting, digital and 3D printing, photography, sound and performance. It will be a highly engaging exhibition”.

Linden New Art Gallery Director Melinda Martin said, “We are delighted to present this important exhibition that celebrates the diverse practices and ideas of recent graduates. Finalists have been selected from the Victorian College of the Arts, RMIT, Monash and La Trobe Universities. Not surprisingly the artworks in the show address a broad range of social, political and personal histories. The artists represent a diverse range of cultural backgrounds with Iranian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Aboriginal communities represented”.

The prizes will be awarded by: Mark Feary, Artistic Director of Gertrude Contemporary and Lisa Sullivan, Senior Curator of Geelong Gallery. The winners will be announced on at the official opening on Friday 22 February at 6.30pm

The eight finalists are:

  • Andrew Atchison – large scale sculptures that explore queer identity.
  • Farnaz Dadfar – Iranian born Dadfar explores her cultural background in a wallpaper installation.
  • Jaye Early – Indigenous artist whose video work explores the personal confession in the public space.
  • Tammy Law – large scale photographs that consider the Burmese diaspora in Australia.
  • Shane Nicholas – 3D printed sculptures that explore our relationship with technology and surveillance.
  • Pie Rankine – sculptural installation that considers the boundaries between regional and urban living > Geoff Robinson – a sound performance piece that involves the community to come to life.
  • Siying Zhou – installation that explores her Chinese – Australian identity.

Linden New Art
26 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
Opening night: Friday 22 February 2019, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition dates: 23 February – 28 April 2019

Image credits:
1. Shane Nicholas, Scanned Figure with Arms Outstretched, 2017, polylactide and pigmented polyurethane, Image courtesy of the artist.