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Case Study: Linden New Art

ProjectLinden Projects Arts Industry Placement Program

Amount$80,000 over 3 years


ProgramArts and Culture

Enabling financial sustainability Developing and strengthening relationships with education partners and donors
Building organisational capacity Building the practical knowledge and skills of the next generation of arts managers for better transition from study to the workforce
Collaboration and partnership University of Melbourne, Melbourne Business School, Creative Partnerships Australia, Public Galleries Association of Victoria, National Exhibitions Touring Services Victoria

On-the-job training strengthens the next generation of arts managers

Linden New Art is leading an innovative student placement program which enables students to apply their learning into practical outcomes. With few opportunities to gain practical skills in the arts sector, and even fewer employment opportunities for graduates, participating students will gain hands on experience across all aspects of gallery management.

Image Guests enjoying the opening of Julia deVille and Natalie Ryan exhibitions at Linden New Art. Photo: Theresa Harrison Photography

Linden Projects Arts Industry Placement Program will provide students with a better understanding and experience of the sector, enabling them to test ideas, develop knowledge and identify career paths as they transition into employment, as well as broaden Linden’s artist and audience reach.


  • Each year for three years, up to twenty students from the University of Melbourne’s Master of Arts and Cultural Management and Master of Art Curatorship courses will be invited to participate in the Arts Industry Placement program and work closely with the Linden team.
  • Students will receive a tailored mentoring program, as well as a series of professional development workshops, including leading arts professionals.
  • The students will work closely with the Linden team in the Linden Projects Space enabling them to engage with an organisation beyond an internship program and apply the knowledge gained from their study to a real working environment.
  • Melbourne Business School will develop a robust measurement and evaluation strategy for the program. The aim is to come up with a replicable and sustainable model of delivery for adoption to other courses offered by the University of Melbourne’s Arts faculty, as well as adaptation by other creative industries, to build capacity in the arts sector.
  • By the end of 2021, it is envisioned that Linden Projects Arts Industry Placement Program will be a self-sustaining program.


“Linden is excited to be working with a range of partners to deliver an Australian first program". Melinda Martin, Director, Linden New Art.