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Linda Gold, finalist for The Portia Geach Memorial Award

Story added 26th Jul 2019

Professor Julian Gold by Linda Gold and Linda Gold at the 'Semblance' Show, June 2019 at Espacio Gallery


This August Linda Gold's portrait of her husband, Professor Julian Gold, willl be displayed at The Portia Geach Memorial Award in Australia as a finalist. We caught up with Linda about how her painting career has developed, what courses she has completed at City Lit and her subission to the award.

"I was born in Sydney, Australia where I trained and worked as a registered general nurse. Although not formally trained in art, in my spare time I would always paint, attending watercolour classes and later also local ceramic classes where I would eventually be invited to teach workshops. I have had articles about my work published several times in Ceramics Australia Magazine.

Self-portrait, Linda Gold at 'Semblance CLFP Show 2019

I most fortunately discovered City Lit on the advice of a staff member from the Bankside Gallery, during one of many visits to London when accompanying my husband on a work related trip where we would stay for several months at a time. Initially in 2010, I enrolled on a ceramic course with Ruth Franklin and a watercolour class with Hilary Rosen, followed by almost all drawing and painting short courses, advanced printmaking and the City Lit London & City Guilds Certificate in Structured Ceramics. I have since completed the City Lit Fine Art Course 2014-16 and 17 , and 3 years of City Lit Year of Figure and Portrait 2017-2019.

Linda Gold and family at Portia Geach Memorial Award Private View

During the months that I am at my home in Sydney I like to set myself painting challenges, the most recent one was to paint a portrait of my husband Professor Julian Gold (HIV / AIDS medical specialist) and submit it to the Archibald Prize and The Portia Geach Memorial Award, these are two of Australias most prestigious portrait prizes. I am absolutely thrilled to be selected as a Portia Geach finalist and will be present with my family at the opening night reception on Thursday August 1 2019.

'Semblance' City Lit Year of Figure & Portrait end of year show 2019

‘Semblance ‘ was our City Lit Figure and Portrait 2019 end of course exhibition at Espacio Gallery. Skilfully curated by our course coordinator Heidi Wigmore. It was a wonderful opportunity to have all my fellow students work hung in a professional gallery situation and a great learning experience for all of us. I was especially thrilled to have my self portrait chosen for the advertising poster and also to sell one of my portraits to a tourist couple visiting from Hamburg.


Linda Gold Fine Art

After completing the City Lit Fine Art courses 2014 - 2016, some students wanted to keep in touch so we decided to form The Holborn Group artists collective. We have formed a supportive artistic bond and friendship. We still continue to meet regularly and exhibit together as a group, Our most recent exhibition ‘Works on Paper’ was in June this year at RK Burt Gallery and our next upcoming exhibition will be at Lauderdale House, Highgate, 14 August - 2 September 2019. 

I have found all the visual art staff wonderful, such a talented and supportive team of tutors. Especially the fabulous Tony Hull (whose words of advice I continue to hear in my head while painting), Amanda Knight and Kim Scouller who are always so generous in sharing knowledge and skills.

Linda Gold Fine Art

All of the City Lit visual art tutors have given me encouragement and confidence to extend my personal art practice. I plan to continue on at City Lit in the Autumn, enrolling on the new City Year of Figure and Portrait: Advanced course, Contemporary Painting Practice with lovely Lucinda Oestricher, and have been accepted onto the Extended Drawing for Artists and Makers course.

All images courtesy Linda Gold 2019. 

'Semblance' City Lit Year of Figure & Portrait end of year show 2019 - Linda Gold