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Linda Michael


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Linda Michael is an independent curator of contemporary art and a visual arts editor, with a strong interest in photography and in all aspects of publishing. She has previously been deputy director at Heide Museum of Modern Art (2008–2017), senior curator at the MCA, Sydney (1989–2000) and at Monash University Museum of Art (2001–03). In 2018 she was awarded the inaugural Curator Award by the Melbourne Art Foundation.

She has undertaken numerous projects both nationally and internationally, curating two Venice Biennale exhibitions representing Australia: Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time (2015) and Patricia Piccinini: We Are Family (2003) and was the Australian Commissioner for Song of the Earth, an exhibition surveying international biennales in Kassel, Germany (2000). She curated the first two Primavera exhibitions at the MCA in Sydney and 21st Century Modern, the Adelaide Biennial of Cont temporary Arin 2006.

Her many exhibitions for public museums include Sitelines: Natasha Johns-Messenger (2016), Future Primitive (2014), Louise Bourgeois and Australian Artists (2012), Callum Morton: In Memoriam (2011), Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing (2010), 21st Century Modern: The Adelaide Biennial of Contemporary Art (2006), Mikala Dwyer (2000), Word: Artists Explore the Power of the Single Word (1999), Real Fictions: Four Canadian Artists (1996) and Photography is Dead: Long Live Photography (1996).

Linda received her Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing (with Distinction) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where she was the recipient of the Society of Editors Award and the Publishing Management Award.