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Best of Friends
Friday 12 December 2014 - Sunday 11 January 2015

Every year the talents of the Friends of SAM are celebrated with a special group exhibition. Bringing together Friends who work in a range of media, including painting, drawing, textiles, sculpture and design, Best of Friends showcases the strength, diversity and commitment of local artists.

The Rennie Ellis Show: A travelling exhibition presented by the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive and Monash Gallery of Art
Friday 12 December 2014 - Sunday 22 February 2015

The photographer Rennie Ellis (1940-2003) is a key figure in Australian visual culture. Ellis is best remembered for his effervescent observations of Australian life exemplified in his now iconic book Life is a beach. Although invariably inflected with his own personality and wit, the thousands of social documentary photographs taken by Ellis now form an important historical record.

The Rennie Ellis Show highlights some of the defining images of Australian life from the 1970s and ‘80s. This is the period of Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser; Paul Keating and Bob Hawke; AC/DC and punk rock; cheap petrol and coconut oil; Hari Krishnas and Hookers and Deviant balls.

This exhibition of over 100 photographs provides a personal account of what Ellis termed ‘a great period of change'. The photographs explore the cultures and subcultures of the period, and provide a strong sense of a place that now seems a world away; a world free of risk, of affordable inner city housing, of social protest, of disco and pub rock, of youth and exuberance.

This exhibition is proudly provided by:

Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive
Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)
City of Monash, Arts Victoria
Bowness Family Foundation
Fujifilm Professional
Hardie Grant Books
CPL Digital

Image: Rennie Ellis, Mr Muscleman, Albert Park Beach (detail) c. 1986
chromogenic print, 26.7 x 40.7 cm
courtesy of the Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive




Cutting Edge: An Exhibition of Contemporary Lino and Woodblock Prints
Saturday 22 November 2014 - Sunday 18 January 2015

Evolved from a series of highly successful printmaking workshops co-ordinated by SAM, Cutting Edge showcases the work of 16 established and emerging artists, some new to the medium of printmaking.

‘The development of this exhibition provided an excellent opportunity for people from different regions and artistic backgrounds to come together in a social and creative capacity; learning from each other and sharing ideas, skills and techniques,' SAM Visual Arts Educator Rhonda Chrisanthou said.

Workshop leaders and established printmakers, Heather Shimmen and Ema Shin, inspired local artists to continue developing and experimenting with their lino and woodcut techniques. This exhibition is a result of multiple expressions of interest to exhibit the work at SAM.

Featuring work by artists from Northern Victoria and New South Wales, each artist's unique talents and creative approach can be seen in the broad range of subject matter and techniques on display; including works on fabric, inkjet prints, mixed media and embroidery.

The prints in this exhibition are available for sale through the SAM shop, with unframed prints also available for purchase.

Image: Heather Shimmen, Lost I 2008, linocut on felt, 51 cm diam., edition of 10.

The Drawing Wall #17: Linda Botham
Friday 14 November 2014 - Sunday 1 February 2015

Shepparton-based artist Linda Botham uses charcoal and pencil to produce elaborate, free-wheeling drawings that speak of the complexity and beauty of the human condition. Her work for The Drawing Wall #17 combines the artist's ongoing fascination with the skeletal structure of birds with a simple sculptural form.

Morning Tea with Linda Botham
Wednesday 12 November, 10am @ SAM

RSVP this this informal event by phoning (03) 5832 9861.

Delinquent Angel: John Perceval's Ceramic Angels
Friday 29 August 2014 - Sunday 23 November 2014

John Perceval AO is one of Australia's most celebrated artists renowned for his radicalism, expressiveness and prolific output, along with his complex personal life. As a member of the Angry Penguins avante-garde movement that began in the 1940s, Perceval joined with other Australian art luminaries Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker, Sidney Nolan, Danila Vassilieff and Joy Hester to rail against the insular conservatism of Australian society and push for new voices and modes of expression.

Perceval is largely known for his painting practice, however from 1957-1962, during what is considered to be one his most creative periods, Perceval produced a series of ceramic angel sculptures as a result of his involvement with Arthur Merric Boyd's pottery studio at Murumbeena. Perceval's ceramic angels are an often overlooked aspect of his oeuvre despite their technical and conceptual sophistication, humour and beguiling charm. Perceval created more than 50 ceramic angels that range from selfportraits, to figures that illustrate allegorical stories and comment on the threat of nuclear weaponry.

This historically significant exhibition draws together ceramic angels from major public and private collections across Australia; including the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery and Shepparton Art Museum.

Delinquent Angel: John Perceval's Ceramic Angels is accompanied by a new essay by art historian Damian Smith. The essay can be found in a 32-page full colour catalogue available from the SAM Shop, and also published on the exhibition blog, where images of the angels are also reproduced alongside contextual information, interviews, guest blog entries and education resources.

A time-lapse video of the Delinquent Angel exhibition installation can be found here.

Image: John Perceval, Delinquent Angel 1961
glazed earthenware, 25.3 x 20.3 x 19 cm
Shepparton Art Museum, purchased 1976

The Drawing Wall #16: Shane Haseman
Friday 8 August 2014 - Sunday 2 November 2014

Shane Haseman completes the 16th Drawing Wall with a text-based ‘signage painting' that responds to the fluctuating decline and renewal of industry in Shepparton. Drawing on the elegance and craft of traditional hand-painted sign-writing, Haseman's work revises conversations about the history of painting and its contemporary condition.

Morning Tea with Shane Haseman
Wednesday 6 August, 10am @ SAM

RSVP to this event by phoning (03) 5832 9861.

Bindi Cole: I Am
Friday 16 May 2014 - Sunday 10 August 2014

Bindi Cole is one of Australia's most compelling contemporary artists whose photographs, videos and installations fearlessly approach taboo topics with dignity, humour and heart. Cole is based in Melbourne, with Australian and Aboriginal heritage, and her cultural identity, personal life and family history have featured as the subject of her work. While often deeply personal, Cole's work raises broader questions about the relationship between individual experience and established power structures in contemporary Australian society.

Bindi Cole: I Am presents a number of works that are unapologetically political while foregrounded in ideals of love, forgiveness and redemption. The exhibition features EH5452 (2012), an installation exploring Cole's time in a UK prison, along
with selected older work and a new work by the artist.

SAM Out Late! Thursday 19 June 2014, 6pm
In conversation with artist Bindi Cole

Image: Bindi Cole, EH5452 (video still) 2012
digital video, duration 10:21 minutes
image courtesy the artist and Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne © the artist

2014 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award
Friday 16 May 2014 - Sunday 10 August 2014

 Redirect to INDIGENOUS CERAMIC ART AWARD web page for further details, including the list of artists who have been shortlisted for the 2014 ICAA exhibition.

A range of video bytes have been produced to showcase the 2014 ICAA artists. Please visit SAM's vimeo site to view these.

Guest Curator
Nicholas Boseley

Exhibition Opening
Saturday 24 May 2014, 2.30pm

Cultural Weekend
Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 May 2014 

For further information on this cultural weekend and public programs, please click HERE.

Shepparton Art Museum's 2014 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (ICAA) is the fourth in the series of this biennale event. Established under the patronage of acclaimed artist Dr Gloria Thanakupi Fletcher, the ICAA celebrates and supports the rich and diverse use of the ceramic medium by Indigenous artists and acknowledges the special industry of ceramic art.

In 2014 the exhibition will be curated by filmmaker and curator Nicholas Boseley, who will also produce a documentary on the award and his travels across Australia meeting with Indigenous artists.

A further exciting development for the 2014 ICAA is SAM's partnership with Gallery Kaiela who will deliver the ICAA cultural program. Gallery Kaiela is opening Shepparton's first ceramic studio for Aboriginal artists in 2014.

Ceramic Skills Workshop for Aboriginal Artists - Part 1 from Shepparton Art Museum on Vimeo.



Ceramic Skills Workshop for Local Aboriginal Artists - Part 2 from Shepparton Art Museum on Vimeo.

Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation
Margaret Lawrence Bequest, Perpetual Trustees
Mr Allan Myers AO QC

S.J. Rothfield Family Fund / Australian Communities Foundation / Fairer Futures Fund

Image: Maureen Beeron, Sally Murray, Trish Beeron, Eileen Tep, Bagu with Jiman 2011
2 of 6 ceramic pieces with metal stands, dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artists and Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Cardwell, QLD © the artists, photograph: Amina Barolli

The Drawing Wall #15: Reko Rennie
Friday 9 May 2014 - Sunday 27 July 2014

Indigenous Melbourne-based street artist Reko Rennie presents the Drawing Wall #15. Known for his incisive use of symbols and eye-popping fluorescent colours, Reko will bring his urban sensibility, biting commentary and respect for traditional culture to a new work at SAM.

For more info on Reko Rennie, please visit:

Image: Reko Rennie, Royalty 2013
digital image, dimensions variable
Image courtesy the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne © the artist

Nick Selenitsch: Play
Friday 7 February 2014 - Sunday 27 April 2014

Guest Curator
Danny Lacy

Play presents a selection of key works by Melbourne-based artist Nick Selenitsch that can be both looked at and interacted with. Selenitsch's practice draws upon imagery from modern abstraction as well as games and sport, and transforms
the markings, colours and participation in these activities into sculptural works using everyday objects and materials.

Installed across the ground floor of SAM, Play presents newly commissioned work alongside specially re-created past works including Wallpiece (2008) and Limbo (2010-). You're invited to get active and limbo under the pole, throw the squash ball into the wall and enjoy this engaging and hands-on exhibition.

SAM Out Late! In conversation with Danny Lacy and Nick Selenitsch
Wednesday 19 March 2014, 6pm

Image: Nick Selenitsch, Stuck 2007 (Installation view)
Nylon carpeting, velcro, table tennis balls, variable dimensions
Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces
Photograph by Andrius Lipsys image courtesy and © the artist

Showcase 2014
Friday 7 February 2014 - Tuesday 27 January 2015

Showcase 2014 presents four mini solo exhibitions of emerging Australian ceramic artists in SAM's front entrance display. Curated by longstanding gallerist Anna Maas, this project aims to provide audiences with an opportunity to purchase their very own collection quality artwork and to provide a platform for solo exhibitions by Australia's next generation of master ceramic artists.

Showcase #1: Tania Rollond
Friday 7 February - Sunday 27 April 2014


Showcase #2: Amy Kennedy
Saturday 3 May - Sunday 27 July 2014

Showcase #3: Tim Clarkson
Friday 8 August - Sunday 2 November 2014

Showcase #4: Dean Smith
Friday 14 November - Sunday 1 February 2015

Image: Tania Rollond, Layering the puzzle 2009
porcelain with ceramic pencil and oxides, 20 x 14 x 14 cm
image courtesy the artist © the artist

The Drawing Wall #14: Mitch Cairns
Friday 7 February 2014 - Sunday 27 April 2014

Mitch Cairns presents a sweeping mural for the Drawing Wall #14 that uses a simple colour palette and bold cartoon-like forms. Cairns is a Sydney-based painter who also creates cartoons. His work uses deadpan humour and sensitivity to explore Australian approaches to class, gender and human relationships.

For more info on Mitch Cairns, please visit:

Image: Mitch Cairns, Preparations for Drawing Wall 2013
collage, 21 x 29 cm
image courtesy and © the artist

Paradise Again: Australian Art from the SAM Collection
Saturday 18 January 2014 - Sunday 14 September 2014

As explored in the 1977 pop song recorded by American singer Charlene "I've been to Paradise, but I've never been to me" concepts of paradise are often rooted in fiction, shaped by a polemic position of loss and the need for a shifting of identity. Australia has been imagined as a kind of paradise - marketed by the British Empire during the colonial era as a legitimate way to escape industrialised London, to an untamed land of abundance and latent possibility.

Similarly the Aboriginal people of Australia were depicted in early representations as living in a kind of Eden on earth, while the reality of colonial settlement proved to largely obliterate the life which at first it romanticised. Today the prevailing idiom of the "lucky country" built on the backbone of the dreams of migrants seeking a better life, seems to be giving way to anxiety over Australia's role in a global era of displaced peoples. As such the idea of the future is often visioned as a better place, technology providing new forms of escapism and ways in which to strive for suspended youth, while the warnings of environment and social catastrophe are ever present. Through the SAM contemporary collection, this exhibition explores the idea of Australia as a kind of imagined paradise and the fractured reality and fears surrounding these ongoing themes.

Image: Tony Albert, We Can Be Heroes (detail) 2013
acrylic and gloss medium on pigment print mounted to aluminium, 42 x 30 cm (4)
Shepparton Art Museum, purchased through the Robert Salzer Foundation Acquisition Fund, 2013
image courtesy Sullivan Strumpf, Sydney © the artist

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

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

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.