SAM Local Call for Entries Now Open for March 2018

From 31 March to 13 May 2018, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) will go local, spotlighting artistic practice from the region with three exhibitions: SAM Local Spotlight; Best of Friends; and SAM Education Lab. Local artists of all ages are encouraged to share their creativity and get involved!

Calling local artists… exhibit your art at SAM! The call for entries is now open.

SAM Local Spotlight is now open for one solo artist to apply to exhibit a body of work at SAM. Proposals will be accepted from artists living in or originally from North Central and North East Regional Victoria and maintain strong connections within these locations.

SAM Senior Curator, Anna Briers, 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."

For further information on how to become the SAM Local Spotlight artist, visit SAM’s website www.sheppartonartmuseum.com.au. Submissions will close on Thursday 2 November, 5pm EST. Artists can chat to SAM’s Senior Curator Anna Briers about their proposal prior to submitting on: (03) 5832 9893. All applicants will be advised by 17 November 2017.

Best of Friends is an open access exhibition and all Friends of SAM are encouraged to submit work. The exhibition’s purpose is to open a window onto the creative practice of many 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.

The SAM Education Lab is an exciting new innovation for SAM. Working closely with teachers and schools in Greater Shepparton, SAM's education staff have developed a program designed to work with all ages, to engage and inform through art and play led by a practising artist. Artist Masato Takasaka will be the artist in residence for the duration of the SAM Education Lab. Schools and education providers of all year levels and abilities are invited and encouraged to book in early to participate in this exciting new project.

There are many talented young art graduates in the Greater Shepparton community and SAM strongly encourages students to become a Friend of SAM and submit their end-of-year work for display in the Best of Friends exhibition.

For more information visit: http://www.sheppartonartmuseum.com.au/education.

For further information on any of the above, to arrange an interview with a SAM staff member, or for a high resolution image, please contact SAM Marketing Coordinators by phone (03) 5832 9494 or by email on sarah.werkmeister@shepparton.vic.gov.au or amina.barolli@shepparton.vic.gov.au.