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Thursday 29 November 2012 - Sunday 3 February 2013

A showcase of final year artwork by a shortlisted selection of the Goulburn Valley's VCE Art and Studio Art graduates.

Thursday 29 November 2012 - Sunday 3 February 2013

Every year the talents of the Friends of the Shepparton Art Museum Inc. are celebrated with a special group exhibition comprising of painting, works on paper and sculpture.

Friday 2 November 2012 - Monday 28 January 2013

Agatha Gothe-Snape is a Sydney-based artist whose work is informed by a background in performance and takes multiple forms; in text, drawing, objects, dance, conversation and blogging (see

For The Drawing Wall #9, Agatha Gothe-Snape presents a site-specific installation that considers moments of engagement between artwork and audience, and the theatricality of the museum environment.

Kirsten Coelho - 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award (Australian Recipient)
Thursday 20 September 2012 - Sunday 18 November 2012

Adelaide-based potter Kirsten Coelho presents an installation of domestic interiors that memorialise the experience of 19th century migrants and settlers arriving in Australia. Through a series of porcelain reproductions of decaying, archetypal house-hold items of the period, the extraordinary dreams, ambitions, failings and violence of this period are quietly contained. With narrative imagery appropriated from colonial-era paintings, the installation reflects on how objects and art shape history and cultural memory.

As part of the partnership with Culture Victoria, SAM was able to produce three documentaries on the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund ACA, including this one on Kirsten Coelho: from Shepparton Art Museum on Vimeo.

Michal Fargo - 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award (International recipient)
Thursday 20 September 2012 - Sunday 18 November 2012

Israeli artist and designer Michal Fargo’s Else is a project dealing with the gaps between craft and design. Exploring the idea of authenticity in ceramic surfaces, the artist presents a series of free-form sculptures that literally invert traditional ceramic-making practices. Created using sponge models dipped into especially composed porcelain mix then fired, the objects eliminate the need for moulds and manifest the techniques of their production in the strange new surfaces offered.

As part of the partnership with Culture Victoria, SAM was able to produce three documentaries on the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund ACA, including this one on Michal Fargo: from Shepparton Art Museum on Vimeo.

Alexandra Standen - 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award (Emerging Australian Recipient)
Thursday 20 September 2012 - Sunday 18 November 2012

Alexandra Standen is the Emerging Australian recipient of the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award.

Alexandra is a Sydney and Mittagong-based artist. Her installation draws from Italo Calvino's 1965 short story The Distance of the Moon. Made up of porcelain and stoneware objects that appear to float across the gallery walls and floor, and accompanied by an experimental stop-frame animation, Standen's work explores the possibilities of composition and narrative. Using porcelain, stoneware, light and shadow, her installation creates visual poetics that evoke the passing of time and the need for escape.

As part of the partnership with Culture Victoria, SAM was able to produce three documentaries on the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund ACA, including this one on Alexandra Standen: from Shepparton Art Museum on Vimeo.

Thursday 20 September 2012 - Sunday 18 November 2012

Shepparton Art Museum's flagship biennial exhibition, the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award (ACA) presents the best contemporary art in the medium of ceramics. The award is the richest award of its kind in Australia providing a total of $55,000 to the winning artists across the categories of International, Australian and Emerging Australian to present three newly commissioned exhibitions.

The winners of this year's prestigious commissions are;  Kirstin Coehlo (Australian), Michal Fargo (International - Israel) and Alexandra Standen (Emerging). Please see below for details on each artist.

In partnership with Culture Victoria, SAM has produced a blog and video documentaries on the Sidney Myer Fund ACA.

Thursday 26 July 2012 - Sunday 20 January 2013

Smash Hits presents wild sculptural ceramics from the 1980s and ‘90s in SAM's collection. In decades marked by rampant consumerism, feminist re-evaluation of traditional women's craft practices and extravagant pop-cultural expression in fashion and music, the ‘80s and ‘90s also produced an explosion of ceramic art in Australia. Characterised by strong use of colour, complex surface design and ambitious sculptural forms, ceramic production in these decades marks a clear departure from the subtle beauty, refined techniques and influence of Japanese aesthetics of the 1970s.

With exhibition design by Molly Hibberd and Simon Jeppesen, Smash Hits presents work by Stephen Benwell, Deborah Halpern, Jenny Orchard, Murray Walker and Christopher Sanders and Gerry Wedd, amongst others.

Thursday 26 July 2012 - Sunday 21 October 2012

Justin Andrews is a Melbourne based artist who explores the language of geometric abstraction through drawing, painting and sculptural assemblages.

For Andrews' Drawing Wall project, a series of large scale black and white prints featuring geometric compositions will be presented. These compositions are enlargements from randomly generated constructions created on a scanner. Adding another dimension to the work, geometric forms will then be hand drawn across the drawing wall on top of the prints.


Thursday 12 July 2012 - Sunday 9 September 2012

Melbourne based artists Raafat Ishak and Tom Nicholson first began exploring shared aspects of their practices in 2003. Proposition For a Banner March and a Black Cube Hot Air Balloon is the resulting exhibition project that has evolved out of these exchanges, and will present objects and ideas relating to a propositional future public event: a simultaneous banner march and hot air balloon flight through Shepparton. Ishak and Nicholson have previously explored this concept in propositional forms, through a number of public actions, exhibitions and sculptural forms.

Proposition For a Banner March and a Black Cube Hot Air Balloon will expand this aspect of their practices to incorporate the unique and rich history of Shepparton. The exhibition will feature multiple elements including the display of project archive material, a series of talks and dinners in the Art Museum, and the development of a new, site-specific installation.

Thursday 3 May 2012 - Sunday 1 July 2012
Following on from the huge success of Sam Jinks' Woman and Child in 2010, Sam Jinks: Body in Time is the first retrospective exhibition of one of Australia's most talented young artists. This survey will fill the entire ground floor of SAM and showcase a selection of artworks that fit within an aesthetic of ‘real sculpture': silicone-based objects that immaculately replicate human form and features.

As well as iconic works such as Still Life (Pieta) 2007 and Woman and Child 2010, Body in Time will bring together older sculptures that trace the development of Jinks' artistic practice over the past five years, along with a number of new sculptures to be exhibited for the first time. 

 For a sneak preview of this exhibition, please watch the video below.

SAM is conducting a survey on this exhibition to improve its services to visitors and the Greater Shepparton community. If you'd like to help out by completing the short survey, we'd appreciate it very much!  Click here to take survey 

Friday 20 April 2012 - Sunday 15 July 2012

The Drawing Wall #7 presents a new commission by Caroline Rothwell. Murray / Darling Vista investigates the fascinating relationship between people, industry and the natural environment in the Murray Darling Basin. Using the unexpected medium of car exhaust fume residue to depict endangered species in the Shepparton and Murray Darling Basin regions, Murray /Darling Vista presents these creatures up-scaled into an otherworldly, fantastical landscape.

1965 - 75: SIGN OF THE TIMES
Saturday 18 February 2012 - Sunday 22 July 2012
Sign of the Times presents a selection of works from a key period in Shepparton Art Museum's history, when ceramics were first integrated into the collection. During this time SAM had its first stand-alone gallery and first Directors, which added an energy and dynamism that is mirrored in the growth and strength of the collection. A period of great social and political change is reflected in the screenprints, paintings, and ceramics which comprise Sign of the Times and the exhibition includes work by Mike Brown, Les Blakebrough, Joan Campbell, John Gilbert, Richard Larter, Judy Lorraine, Bea Maddock, Milton Moon, Ann Newmarch, Reg Preston, Derek Smith, Tony Tuckson and others.
Saturday 18 February 2012 - Sunday 15 April 2012

Providing a new direction in the delivery of arts education in the Hume region, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) partnered with Numurkah Primary School to deliver a 20 week ceramic art project during semester 2. SAM education staff and renowned artists have worked with Numurkah teachers to inspire creative ideas in art making and skills development while promoting social engagement and personal learning through the arts.

Selected Little Treasures from each student will be on display at the Launch Party of Shepparton Art Museum on Saturday 18 February 2012 until April 2012. With the reopening of the Art Museum students will be further encouraged to run some of their own workshops and exhibition tours for the general public. A Little Treasures exhibition catalogue will also be published.

The Little Treasures: Exploring Ourselves Through Clay program, was funded through Arts Victoria's, Education Partnerships: Extended School Residencies program. It is one of seven successful arts based proposals to receive funding and support through this program in 2011.

Saturday 18 February 2012 - Wednesday 1 January 2014

SAM Permanent Collection

The redevelopment of the Art Museum included the construction of six new collection galleries across the first floor. The new spaces have been specifically designed to showcase the strengths of the collection and provide themed rooms that highlight the breadth and depth of SAM's holdings while allowing a far greater proportion of the collection to be displayed at any one time.

Historically SAM's collections have been exhibited separately, with ceramics on the ground floor and important paintings on the first. Conversely, the new hang integrates the collections, enabling them to provide context to each other and for ideas to be explored across mediums. For example, John Perceval and Arthur Boyd's painting and works on paper are exhibited alongside their ceramics for the first time, providing insight into the intersections between the development of ceramic art forms and Australian art more broadly. The Collection exhibition also features historical paintings (including work by Fred Williams, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin), contemporary art in all media (including work by Aleks Danko, Patricia Piccinini, Tracey Moffatt and Sam Jinks), together with a display focussing on highlights of 100 years of Australian ceramics.

Friday 17 February 2012 - Sunday 15 April 2012

Melbourne-based Polish artist Gosia Wlodarczak will be undertaking the first Drawing Wall project for 2012 to coincide with the launch of SAM, on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February. Wlodarczak will be creating a site-specific performance based drawing translating what she sees into an automatic drawing across the Drawing Wall.

Check out Gosia's website

ABC Open Producers Matt Dowling and Benj Binks interviewed Gosia on her work and The Drawing Wall. Check it out here: 

Friday 17 February 2012 - Sunday 22 April 2012

Portrait of a Lady brings together, for the first time, a stunning selection of paintings of women by one of Australia's most highly regarded portrait painters, Sir John Longstaff. In the late 19th and early 20th century only the affluent and those of a certain social standing were able to have their portraits painted, and the works in this show thus provide a fascinating insight into Australian history. Many of the portraits are of the wives of wealthy, notable men, yet several had distinguished careers of their own, including suffragette Rose Scott, the distinguished flower painter Rowan Ellis and the writer, poet, radio broadcaster, and Longstaff biographer, Nina Murdoch.

The portraits selected for this exhibition offer an opportunity to review the tradition of portrait painting through the career of a particularly talented and gifted painter, and to observe the development of Longstaff's style and technique over a period of five decades. Featuring works from SAM's collection as well as loans from the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Library and numerous private collections, this is one of the most significant exhibitions of Shepparton's most celebrated artist ever staged.

Friday 17 February 2012 - Sunday 22 April 2012

The 2011 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (ICAA) celebrates and supports the rich, vibrant and diverse use of the ceramic medium by Indigenous Australian artists. With a combined prize pool of $33,000 the ICAA is the premier award for Indigenous Australian ceramic artists. This year's award includes work by 18 artists from across Australia: from the Tiwi Islands to the Central Desert region, and from city suburbs to the Torres Strait.

The 2011 ICAA also pays tribute to the generosity and achievements of Thapich Dr Gloria Fletcher AO, patron of the ICAA, in an accompanying exhibition of the artist's work from SAM's collection.

A program of workshops and talks will accompany the 2011 ICAA exhibition.