Thanks and admiration go out to the staff of the Linden New Art gallery in Acland Street, St Kilda, literally a stone’s throw from where I live. While I’ve had a lot of photography published over the decades, I’ve never exhibited any drawings. Linden New Art affords the opportunity to do this quietly by holding the postcard show each year between November and February. Hundreds of new and established artists exhibit paintings and drawings, and all the work is available for sale.
Small proofs of three of my digital drawings were sold at the postcard show—the first drawings I had put out for people to see.
The gallery has been undergoing a radically noisy transformation for what seems, to my ears, an eternity. The ruckus started at 7am every morning and went on for more than a year. (I can’t really remember how long it was.) It seems to have been worth it.
The staff at the gallery must deal with many ‘newbies’ and hobbyists at this show every year, and I’m very grateful for their help and advice.
In the 1980s, at Meanjin, a literary magazine founded by Clem Christesen in the 1940s, Stephen worked with the editor Jim Davidson—typing letters, sorting envelopes into postcode order, making tea, and playing Scrabble with A. A. Phillips (who coined the much-quoted phrase ‘cultural cringe’). Much of Stephen’s writing in the 1980s and 1990s was published by the editor Barrett Reid ( »» 2 MB PDF). Stephen worked as an editor with Barrett at the Heide farmhouse in Heidelberg (well before it was turned into a gift shop and while there were still possums living in the ceiling).