2020 marks the 30th birthday of the Linden Postcard Show. And this year, to celebrate this milestone, Linden New Art has invited past prize winners back to exhibit their recent work and to share their stories with audiences from 22 October 2020 to 31 January 2021.
The exhibition includes sculpture, painting, photography and works on paper, all in a range of sizes, from very small to very large. Artists include Abdul Abdullah, Penny Byrne, William Eicholtz, Sarah crowEST, Robert Fenton, Prudence Flint, Josh Foley, Anna Hoyle, Helen Johnson, Michael Kluge, Robert McHaffie, Scott Miles, Jennifer Mills, Grant Nimmo, Greg Penn, Kenny Pittock, Louise Rippert, Hedy Ritterman, Valerie Sparks, Richard Stringer and Steffie Wallace. Reflecting on the Linden Postcard Show, these artists acknowledge the impact that winning a prize has had on their career development.
For Melbourne-based artist, Penny Byrne: ‘Being a Postcard winner back in 2005 started my career as an artist. On the strength of that first artwork, I gained commercial gallery representation, and since then, I haven’t looked back. Winning the Postcard Show main prize in 2017 was a wonderful experience and an affirmation that twelve years later, my career was still going strong.
‘In 2020 I am showing work in exhibitions in New York and Venice, as well as in several shows here in Australia. Here’s to 2021 and beyond!’
Sydney-based Abdul Abdullah says: ‘The Linden Postcard Show – it’s always had a wonderful reputation. I like the fact that the people who have won it have often gone onto professional and really solid and critically engaging practices and careers, and so it’s really nice to a part of that lineage.’
Winning artists across all three decades of the show have been invited to submit a recent work of their choosing. The works provide an interesting insight into the artists’ current practices and the work they produce when not confined to the strict Linden Postcard Show size limit of 8 x 10.”
The exhibition and 30th Birthday Celebration will launch online on Wednesday 21 October 2020 from 6pm, via YouTube & Facebook Live. The works are to be presented in a virtual gallery space. Once the gallery reopens, conditional to COVID restrictions, the exhibition will be presented in the historic gallery spaces of Linden New Art for the public to explore.