The ‘Linden Postcard Show’ provides an opportunity for both established and emerging artists living in the local community to have their work displayed in a public gallery. With all artworks measuring a perfectly collectible 8 x 10 inches, there is no set theme for the open-entry art exhibition and prize and artists can submit up to four artworks completed within the calendar year.
This year’s show is back home in Melbourne’s St Kilda following its presentation at Domain House for last year’s show while Linden New Art’s Acland Street home underwent a significant renovation by the City of Port Phillip.
After careful deliberation, the judges – Penny Teale, Curator, Bunjil Place, Lucie McIntosh, Artistic Director and Chair, Blindside and Byrony Nainby, Director, Benalla Art Gallery – selected established mid-career artist William Eicholtz’s work, Under The Topiary-Minotaur (2018). Eicholtz was awarded the Linden Postcard Show First Prize of $5,000 cash, supported by an Anonymous Donor, for his ‘high craftsmanship and unconventional use of materials, with interesting references to art history to provide a fresh and playful interpretation of old themes’, said the judges.
Eicholtz commented on the appeal of such an art prize: ‘If I have time in my schedule, I always like to create something for the Linden Postcard Show. I find the size limitation is a unique challenge and a real instigation for new playful ideas. The specific size means that you can’t just enter a general artwork that may be part of regular studio work.’
Additional category winners include:
Elwood Community Bank Artistic Encouragement Award ($1,500 cash prize, supported by the Elwood Community Bank, a branch of Bendigo Bank) – David Apostol, Untitled 0665 33/A (2018)
Palais Theatre Creativity Award ($1,000 cash prize, supported by Palais Theatre) – Steve Glover, Inward Bound 2 (2018)
Member for Albert Park Local Artist Award ($600 cash prize & image used on a greeting card for use in the electorate, supported by the Member for Albert Park, the Hon. Martin Foley MP) – James Raju, Across The Tracks (2018)
Eckersley’s Art & Craft Best Landscape in Show ($500 voucher for art materials, supported by Eckersley’s Art & Craft) – Steffie Wallace, Desert Dawn, Central Australia 2 (2018)
Linden New Art
23 November, 2018 to 10 February, 2019