SAM Announces 2016 Local Spotlight Artist Tarli Bird

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SAM Local Spotlight 10 December 2016 to 15 January 2017

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is pleased to announce that it will be profiling the work of Tarli Bird as part of SAM Local Spotlight from 10 December 2016 to 15 January 2017.

Tarli will create an immersive sound-based experience for the viewer, based on the heart rate of local runners through the musical device of the metronome.

Tarli commented:

‘I’m excited about exhibiting at SAM with a project that combines my passions in life: sport and art. As an elite distance runner I’m always fascinated when people regard sport and art as being polar opposites. I find athletes and artists contain very similar attributes that I’m looking forward to highlighting in my exhibition.

I hope to break down the barrier between the sports field and art gallery through my exhibition and draw new viewers into the gallery. My exhibition will have the heart rates of local runners after a running race transferred onto individual music metronomes which will communicate their internal body clocks externally to be watched. The metronomes will continue to perform for the duration of the exhibition, providing a visual and audio representation of how the bodies’ experienced the race. The viewers can determine for themselves which individual has pushed their body to the furthest limit.’

Tarli will record the heart rates of Shepparton Park Run participants on Saturday 3 December at the Victoria Park Lake, Wyndham Street, Shepparton after they complete the 5km run.

Tarli is Echuca-based, and an art teacher at Echuca College.

Tarli’s SAM Local Spotlight exhibition is an expansion of a project she undertook as part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival.


Instagram: @tarlibird

SAM Local. Spotlight profiles the work of a local artist with a solo exhibition over December to January. This initiative encourages, stimulates and promotes local and regional cultural activities as part of SAM’s annual program. It enables artists to experience working in a professional museum context.