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Recent Press

ArtsHub, 'Temple of culture" opens in regional Victoria, 19 November 2021

Architecture & Design, SAM celebrates opening weekend with brand new exhibitions and commissions, 19 November 2021

Art Guide, The new Shepparton Art Museum is opening, and changing how we think of regional galleries, 17 November 2021

Sydney Morning Herald, Gallery or sculpture? First look inside Shepparton’s new $50 million art museum, 14 November 2021

The Australian, Shepparton Art Museum in northern Victoria about to open, 11 November 2021


Recent SAM media releases



  • Opening 22 January: COVID-Collaborations: A Shared Step on a Long Journey
    The Shepparton Art Museum is delighted to partner with the Shepparton Festival to present William Kelly’s COVID-Collaborations: A Shared Step on a Long Journey.The exhibition features collaborative works by 28 international artists and poets initiated by local Goulburn Valley artist, William Kelly. The exhibition is a continuation of the project COVID-Collaborations that was presented as […]
  • Shepparton Art Museum appoints acting CEO and Artistic Director
    The Shepparton Art Museum Board of Directors has appointed Senior Curator, Dr Shelley McSpedden as Acting Artistic Director and Business Manager, Andrew Gooley as Acting CEO as the Board prepares for a national search for the next Director of the Shepparton Art Museum. SAM Ltd Board chair, Stephen Merrylees said: “The Board of Directors are delighted […]
  • Applications now open for SAM Squared.
    Applications for the Shepparton Art Museum’s new program SAM SQUARED opens Tuesday 14 December 2021. Drawing inspiration from SAM’s much loved and celebrated ‘SAM Local’ suite of exhibitions, SAM SQUARED celebrates local creativity all year round in the dedicated exhibition space, the Williamson Community Gallery at the new Shepparton Art Museum. Local artists and creatives will have […]
  • Rebecca Coates to step down as Director of Shepparton Art Museum
    Rebecca Coates to step down as Director of Shepparton Art Museum  Victoria, Australia: Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Artistic Director and CEO, Rebecca Coates, announced today that she was stepping down from the role after six transformational years at the helm.  Dr Coates is departing following the triumphant opening in November 2021 of the new SAM […]
    Launching with 9 free exhibitions, 4 new artwork commissions, over 200 artists presented, 160 Indigenous & First Nations artworks on display  Victoria, Australia: Australia’s newest art museum, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) officially opens its doors to the public on Saturday 20 November 2021 with nine free exhibitions, four new artwork commissions and presenting more than […]
  • Now accepting Request for Expressions of Interest for the SAM Café.
    Now accepting Request for Expressions of Interest for the SAM Café.  Shepparton Art Museum is now seeking expressions of interest from experienced operators to provide an outstanding food, beverage, and functions experience at SAM Café situated in the new SAM building on the banks of Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton.  Andrew Gooley Business Manager, Shepparton Art […]
  • SAM Café EOI process update
    Since August Shepparton Art Museum Ltd has been working closely with CAF Consulting in Shepparton to develop an expression of interest and tender process for the new SAM Café.  The new tender and lease process will happen over two phases: expression of interest followed by formal tender application with the aim for appointment by the […]
    The new purpose-built art Museum will house one of Australia’s most significant SouthEast Australian Aboriginal art collections  Victoria, Australia: Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) has today announced its inaugural exhibition program that will be presented in the new $50 million art museum designed by acclaimed architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall.  Spanning five floors, SAM will launch […]
    Shepparton, Victoria: A new landmark cultural destination, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) designed by internationally renowned architects Denton Corker Marshall will open to the public on 20 November 2021. The design was unanimously selected from an architectural competition in 2017 and endorsed by Greater Shepparton City Council. The regional art museum designed by Denton Corker Marshall […]
  • Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Free Online Program SAM Sketch Starts Wednesday 8 September
    Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is launching a new series of our hit online program, SAM Sketch. SAM Sketch is a virtual sketchbook club for all creatives where the aim is to join in, get creative and have fun. This free 5-week program SAM Sketch: Local Art for Local Creativity will bring together artists from across […]
  • SAM Cafe update and next steps
    Shepparton Art Museum Limited (SAM Ltd) is urging local businesses to embrace an opportunity to operate the gallery café within the new iconic building with a reimagined, expression of interest (EOI) process now underway.  In a bid to attract a Goulburn Valley based hospitality partner, SAM Ltd has set new guidelines on how the partnership […]
  • Artwork by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Tony Albert now installed outside Shepparton Art Museum.
    The Shepparton Art Museum is excited to announce the major public artwork A House of Discards (2019), by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Tony Albert (Girramay/Kuku Yalanji) has been permanently installed in the forecourt of the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) building, bringing the Museum one step closer to its public opening on 15th October. Reaching nearly […]
  • Significant Indigenous art collection gifted to Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) that will transform the organisation’s future
    A historic moment for the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) took place recently when arts patrons Carrillo Gantner AC and his wife Ziyin Gantner formalised their gift of Indigenous artwork to enhance the museum’s existing collection. With the Grand Opening of SAM planned for October, the Gantner Collection will feature in its inaugural exhibition program, with […]
  • Shepparton Art Museum physically closed, but online exhibitions continue
    Moorina Bonini’s, Australian Melting Pot, 2018 is a digital exhibition presented by Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) in partnership Blak Dot Gallery and NETS Victoria. It can be accessed by audiences from anywhere in the world, both near and far, throughout the month of March. This exhibition can be viewed at and is on show […]
  • Council handed keys to the new SAM building
    Greater Shepparton City Council is excited to announce that the new SAM building was completed on 22 January 2021, with a certificate of occupancy issued on 2 February 2021. With the keys handed to Council, this gives the green light for tenants, SAM Limited, Kaiela Arts and the Greater Shepparton Visitor Centre, to commence moving […]