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Friends Forever
Friday 13 December 2013 - Sunday 19 January 2014

Every year the talents of the Friends of the Shepparton Art Museum are celebrated with a special group exhibition of works by members in all artistic media, from painting and drawing to textiles, sculpture and design. Friends Forever showcases the strength, diversity and commitment of local artists and supporters of SAM, and the opening event is a fantastic opportunity to meet local artists and celebrate the talent of this region. This year, the Friends exhibition opening has been combined with the annual Christmas party fundraiser event. You can purchase your tickets from the SAM shop.

The Friends of Shepparton Art Museum will also unveil the inaugural Friends of Shepparton Art Museum Inc. commission. This visionary commission invites a major Australian artist to create a work for the SAM collection that engages with the Shepparton region. Acclaimed Australian photographer Nici Cumpston presents a new body of work that documents and honours the ongoing relationship between Aboriginal people and country in the Shepparton region.

Image: Glenda Cornell
Very Bright in Autumn 2012
watercolour on canvas, 100 x 90 cm

The Art Room: Highlights from Primary and Secondary Schools in the Goulburn Valley Region
Friday 6 December 2013 - Sunday 19 January 2014

In a departure from our annual VCE Art and Studio Arts exhibition, SAM's 2013 school art exhibition showcases a variety of artworks in a variety of media by students in school art rooms from across the Goulburn Valley region. The Art Room exhibition takes its inspiration from visual arts courses taught in both primary and secondary classes, from prep, lower years, to middle years and onwards to Year 12.

Displaying a breadth of themes and approaches to artmaking, this exhibition pays tribute to both art teachers and art students. For those who have experienced immense pleasure in the making or teaching of art we congratulate and celebrate your achievements, in both the application of skill and sensitivity to subject matter, or in the expression of both feeling and form.

Image: Patricia Sofra (Notre Dame Secondary College) Coming of Age: an exploration on self through symbols within fairytales, in particular Peter Pan 2013, one of six inkjet prints, 33 x 48 cm and 42 x 59 cm © the artist

The Drawing Wall #13 - Raquel Ormella
Friday 8 November 2013 - Monday 27 January 2014
Raquel Ormella is interested in the complex relationship between people and the natural world. Her work often takes the form of banners, videos, drawings, paintings and zine making, and is sometimes produced in collaboration with other artists or members of the community. Ormella is an avid bird-watcher and on a recent site-visit to Shepparton was inspired by a rare sighting of a platypus swimming along the Goulburn River.
Collection Injection: New Acquisition Highlights
Friday 25 October 2013 - Sunday 5 January 2014

Since its reopening, SAM has acquired a large number of artworks through purchase and gift by private donors and collectors. SAM's collection is developing rapidly in strength, significance and value and it is our goal to provide as much access to the collection within the confines of our current building as possible.

This exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary generosity of our donors, the dedication of SAM's Collection Advisory Committee and the wonderful and thought provoking work of artists whose work is entering the collection for the first time.

Collection Injection provides an opportunity for reflection on the direction and focus areas of SAM's collection and will be utilised in the creation of education resources for school teachers and students.

SAM Out Late! Thursday 21 November 2013, 6pm
Director Kirsten Paisley speaks about SAM’s collection

Image: Brent Harris
The Prophet 2012
oil on canvas, 240 x 160 cm
Shepparton Art Museum, purchased with assistance from the Robert Salzer Foundation Acquisition Fund, 2012
image courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne © the artist

Kate Murphy: Probable Portraits
Friday 13 September 2013 - Sunday 24 November 2013

Following on from the success of Sam Jinks: Body in Time in 2012, SAM continues to present survey exhibitions by some of Australia's most exciting young artists. Kate Murphy is a Sydney-based artist working in the medium of video. Employing documentary traditions, Kate Murphy's ambitious video installations reveal the fragile, complex, tragic and humorous inner-lives of her subjects. Kate Murphy: Probable Portraits traces the artist's interest in private thought versus public revelation, the validity of pop culture and the significance of family in our lives.

Installed across the ground floor exhibition space at SAM, this exhibition presents a series of video works including the artist's moving portrait of a mother's relationship with her children in Prayers of a Mother (1999); Britney Love (2000 and 2007) documenting an aspiring child pop star's journey into adulthood, and the bleakly funny and moving self portrait, Cry Me a Future (Dublin) (2006).

Image: Kate Murphy
Prayers of a Mother 1999
digital video still (detail), five channel video installation, single channel sound, 14 mins 27 sec
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) Collection
image courtesy of the artist and BREENSPACE, Sydney © the artist

Drawing Wall #12 - Rhys Lee
Friday 9 August 2013 - Sunday 27 October 2013

Rhys Lee is a painter based in Airley's Inlet, on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Informed by his background in graphic design and street art, Lee's paintings of ambiguous figures combine muted, dark washes with vivid colour and gestural lines. His approach to painting is spontaneous, or even anarchic, and imbued with emotion.

Rhys Lee
Yes 2011
oil on linen
195 x 301 cm
courtesy the artist and Olsen Irwin, Sydney
© the artist

Tall Tales
Friday 12 July 2013 - Sunday 13 October 2013

Elfin porcelain ladders, a gigantic monstrous eye, miniature ceramic music boxes, sculptural maquettes and pocketsized paintings sit side-by-side in this fantastical journey through the SAM collection.

Tall Tales unearths the curiously small and enormous artworks from the museum's extensive collection of ceramics, paintings, works on paper, sculpture and contemporary art. Inspired by the ideas of Susan Stewart in her critical text On
Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection
(1993), Tall Tales examines how we relate to big things and little things, and reflects upon the fascinating and absurd relationships we build with objects through stories and imagination.

Featuring work by Brook Andrew, Benjamin Armstrong, Stanislav Halpern, Lorraine Jenyns, Sir John Longstaff, Caroline Rothwell, Alexandra Standen, Stefan Szonyi and more.

SAM Out Late! Thursday 18 July 2013, 6pm
Curator Elise Routledge presents Tall Tales

Image: Benjamin Armstrong
Hold Everything Dear III 2009
fabric, blown-glass, wax and wood, 83 x 99 x 302 cm
Shepparton Art Museum, purchased 2011
image courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne © the artist

Speaking in Colour: The Collection of Carrillo and Ziyin Gantner
Friday 21 June 2013 - Sunday 25 August 2013

Speaking in Colour showcases for the first time the beautiful collection of indigenous Australian art put together by Carrillo and Ziyin Gantner. The exhibition features paintings from the Central Desert, barks from Arnhem Land, and works from the north of Western Australia and Queensland. In addition, two special rooms focusing on particular passions: watercolour works by Albert Namatjira, his children and others in the Hermannsburg school, and paintings by Western Australian artist Julie Dowling.

The exhibition provides a wonderful insight into a wide range of approaches to the use of colour in the expression of connection to country and in telling the important stories that emanate from the land. Carrillo Gantner began his personal collection in the 1970s. In the mid 1990s he and his uncle Baillieu Myer AC put together an important collection of indigenous art that toured in 1999 to three major United States galleries including the de Young Museum, San Francisco, and subsequently to Japan and China. This collection was published in the book Spirit Country (1999) by Jennifer Isaacs and was subsequently donated to Museum Victoria, Melbourne.

SAM Out Late! Thursday 20 June 2013, 5.30pm
Margo Neale, Senior Research Fellow, Research Centre, National Museum of Australia will discuss the work of Yorta Yorta artist Lin Onus.

Image: Harry J. Wedge
The Coming of the Serpent (detail) 2000
acrylic on watercolour paper, 70 x 99 cm
Collection of Carrillo and Ziyin Gantner
photograph: Andrew Curtis © the artist

Drawing Wall #11 - Michael Camakaris with Arts Project Australia
Monday 29 April 2013 - Sunday 28 July 2013

Michael Camakaris is a Melbourne-based artist, who draws inspiration from safari animals, ornithology and portraiture in his strongly coloured and dramatic paintings and drawings.
Art Projects Australia is a not-for-profit Melbourne organisation founded in 1974 that supports artists with intellectual disabilities, promoting their work and advocating for inclusion within contemporary art practice.
The Drawing Wall #11 will run open on Friday 3 May and run until Sunday 28 July in the Eastbank Centre Foyer. It will be installed by the artist from Monday 29 April to Friday 3 May.

Image: Michael Camakaris, Not titled (Ram), 2012
prisma colour pencil on paper, 35 x 50cm
MICA12-0004, photograph by Adrian Thomas
Image courtesy of Art Projects Australia
The Golden Age of Colour Prints: Ukiyo-e from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Thursday 7 March 2013 - Sunday 2 June 2013

The Golden Age of Colour Prints: Ukiyo-e is drawn from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, one of the most significant collections of Japanese prints in the world. Focusing on what is known as the golden age of nishiki-e colour prints, the Tenmei and Kansei eras (1781-1801), it showcases 96 ukiyo-e prints and offers a rare opportunity for visitors to appreciate the gorgeous colour aesthetic that is the essence of nishiki-e, or ukiyo-e printed in multiple colours.

The exhibition focuses on the art of three master printmakers who were key innovators in the medium: Torii Kiyonaga, Kitagawa Utamaro and Toshusai Sharaku. At the time they were produced, the images were considered to be crude and unsophisticated, and for popular consumption. The superficial world of beauty and entertainment, of the pleasure quarter and the theatre were considered to be both remote from everyday life and not appropriate subjects for art. However the art form rose to great popularity in the metropolitan culture of Tokyo during the second half of the 17th century and has had a powerful and enduring influence on Western art.

Adults $12
Concession and Friends of SAM $8
Family (2 adults + 2 children) $28
Secondary and primary school group bookings $6 per student (children under 5 years free)
Greater Shepparton residents may visit free on Tuesdays

To purchase tickets, please visit the Riverlinks Box Office at the Eastbank Centre or phone (03) 5832 9511. You may also purchase tickets online here.  

Image: The Chofu Jewel River (Chofu no Tamagawa), Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendo) (Japanese), Japanese, Edo period, about 1795–1801 (late Kansei era), woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper. William Sturgis Bigelow Collection 11.24991, image 2012 © Museum Fine Arts, Boston

Occasional Miracles: Contemporary Artists Respond to the Shepparton Art Museum Ceramics Collection
Friday 8 February 2013 - Sunday 30 June 2013
Rebecca Baumann
Christopher Hanrahan
Katie Lee
Andrew McQualter
Jacob Ogden Smith
Emma White

Occasional Miracles presents new work by contemporary artists in response to Shepparton Art Museum's vast collection of Australian and international ceramics. Begun in 1965 with the acquisition of a simple coil pot, the museum's ceramic collection is rich and idiosyncratic, including convict-era pottery, an archive of commercially produced domestic ware, studio ceramics from the 1920s onward and contemporary art.

Occasional Miracles pairs contemporary artists working in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, video art and pottery with ceramic objects and art from the collection. The exhibition raises critical questions about how and why a museum collects, negotiates conceptual boundaries between art, craft and artefact, and provides new contexts, readings and possibilities for ceramic practice, and the objects, histories and traditions represented in the SAM collection.

SAM Out Late! Thursday 18 February 2013, 6pm
In conversation with Curator Elise Routledge

Image: Emma White
Still Life with Objects 2011
archival inkjet print on Eterna Elite paper, 93 x 113 cm
image courtesy the artist and BREENSPACE, Sydney © the artist

Crawling Through Mud: Australian Ceramics and the Japanese Tradition
Friday 25 January 2013 - Sunday 5 January 2014

Curated by Tina Lee

This exhibition chronicles the significant influence of Japanese ceramics on Australian studio potters throughout the 20th century. The works demonstrate a plethora of responses to traditional Japanese ceramic art through the interpretation of the Japanese tea ceremony, folk craft (Mingei), aesthetics, design, historical glazes and wood firing techniques. The works reflect the tremendous influence of Bernard Leach's The Potters Book, published in 1940, which introduced Australian ceramicists to Japanese ceramics and a new way of thinking about their craft. In addition, the works in this exhibition explore major influential developments including wood firing techniques, Raku, stoneware glazes, porcelain and the Japanese avant-garde collective, The Sodeisha Group.

SAM Out Late! Thursday 18 April 2013, 6pm
Tina Lee, Curator, presents a floor talk about the exhibition

Image: Shigeo Shiga
Bottle 1976
porcelain, 24.2 x 26 cm
Shepparton Art Museum, gift of the Victorian Ministry for the Arts, 1987
photograph: Amina Barolli © the artist

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.

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.

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.