Local artists encouraged to submit art ideas for SAM exhibitions in March

Early next year the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) goes local with the spotlight on artistic practice from the region across a range of exhibition spaces including SAM Local Spotlight, SAM Best of Friends, SAM Education Lab, SAM Showcase, and the SAM Drawing Wall.

SAM Local Spotlight is an open call-out for a solo artist to exhibit a body of work at SAM. The call for entries is now open and local artists of all ages are encouraged to share their creativity and get involved!

SAM welcomes proposals from artists living in or originally from North Central and North East regional Victoria who maintain strong connections within these locations.

SAM’s Curator, Lara Merrington, said: “SAM Local Spotlight is an exciting, profile-raising opportunity for a regional artist. The aim of the exhibition 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,” said Ms Merrington.

For further information on how to become the SAM Local Spotlight artist, click here. Submissions close on Friday 7 December, 5pm AEST. Artists can chat to SAM’s Curator Lara Merrington about their proposal prior to submitting on (03) 5832 8480. All applicants will be advised by 17 December 2018.

You can also show your art at SAM as part of the SAM Best of Friends open access exhibition. All Friends of SAM are encouraged to submit work. The exhibition’s purpose is to celebrate the creative practices of many local artists working in a range of media in the Goulburn Valley. It is a great way to see what other people are creating and to gain insights into the regional arts sector. Keep an eye out on SAM’s website in December for more information on how to apply.

SAM Education Lab is an exciting initiative directed at students and schools, giving them the opportunity to work closely with a contemporary artist at SAM. The second year of this hugely successful program, SAM will present an evolving exhibition project led by a contemporary artist for all student levels. This is a great way for teachers and students to get involved and get creative, using on of SAM’s gallery spaces to make and install work. For more information contact SAM, or ask to speak to one of our Education team.