SAM Local Spotlight: Kate Hill

29 Mar 2018 - 13 May 2018

From 29 March to 13 May 2018, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) will go local, spotlighting artistic practice from the region. SAM Local Spotlight is an opportunity for an artist to exhibit a body of work at SAM. 

Exhibition opening celebration: Wednesday 28 March, 5.30 -7.30pm

SAM Local Spotlight is an exciting, profile-raising exhibition for a regional artist. The aim of the show is to encourage, stimulate and promote local and regional cultural activities as part of SAM’s annual program. This is also great opportunity to gain professional experience working in an art museum context - working with SAM's team across curatorial, marketing and communications, registration, education and public programs, and much more.

In a work that takes her directly back to her childhood farm in Boorhaman, North East Victoria, and to the banks of the Goulburn River, Shepparton, Kate Hill continues her investigation of local clays, industry and the intersection of waterways.

In Hill’s work, the notion of ‘local’ is considered through the lens of the personal and material, incorporating clay, water, native grass species, introduced agricultural grass species, and the artist’s hair. This suite of materials also explores a temporal experience of place, hinting at past and present forms of agriculture, both indigenous and European, as well as episodes in the artist’s life. 

For SAM Local, Hill’s work will culminate in a series of traditional and experimental clay forms, including objects and finishes suggestive of earthen architecture, and ceramic tableware bowls with unique glazes. 

Feature image: Kate Hill, from Tributary, 2014, recycled clay, Yarra River water, dimensions variable. Courtesy and © the artist.

Proposals for SAM Local Spotlight were accepted from artists living in or originally from the north central Victorian region including the Goulburn, Campaspe, Benalla and Wangaratta, or who maintain strong connections with these locations. Applications have now closed.