80 Years of the SAM: The Collection

Celebrating 80 years of SAM, 80 Years of the SAM: The Collection – and its accompanying exhibition – offer new perspectives on an established collection.

Featuring 80 works selected for 80 years, the essays and artwork texts reveal collection strengths, notable works, and the continued engagement of contemporary artists from the collection’s first beginnings to the present day.

Three themes emerge: place, ceramics, identity. These deliberately porous groupings draw from, and connect, the SAM Collection with the narratives, community, and landscape of Greater Shepparton.

Though the pieces are stylistically and materially diverse, taken together they reveal intersecting stories about the people, places, and histories of Australian art and culture.

The publication features two major essays, written by SAM Director, Rebecca Coates, and former SAM Director, Peter Timms. These essays examine the history, context and collecting habits of the Shepparton Art Museum, and its humble beginnings in 1936, with the acquisition by Sir John Longstaff of John Rowell’s A Wet Day at Tallarook in 1936, right up to 2017.

Editors: Rebecca Coates and Sarah Gory
Authors: Anna Briers, Belinda Briggs, Gabriella Calandro, Holly Rose Campbell, Rebecca Coates, Sarah Gory, Jennifer Isaacs, Hester Naomi Lyon, Laura De Neefe, Philippa O’Brien, Kirsten Paisley, Drew Pettifer, Jessica Solty, Peter Timms and Lilian Yong.

Eighty Years of SAM – The Collection is the Museum’s most definitive Collection publication since 1987.

You can purchase a copy of the publication at SAM’s shop, or via phone by calling +61 3 5832 9861. It costs $29.95, or $25 for Friends of SAM.