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Drawing Wall #22

with Tully Moore.

The Shepparton Art Museum’s Drawing Wall project is an ongoing series of commissioned, temporary, site-specific wall drawings or installations that enliven the foyer space of the Eastbank Centre, directly outside SAM. Drawing Wall projects often revolve round conversations and collaborations and provide members of the public an opportunity to interact with artists during installations.

The SAM Drawing Wall has allowed SAM to expand its exhibitions beyond the gallery and has given the community the opportunity to experience art in a unique space. Art outside the gallery allows the viewer to consider art in an everyday context and give thought to the way we interact with it as we go about our daily lives.

SAM’s first Drawing Wall for 2016 has been completed by Melbourne-based artist Tully Moore.

Tully Moore’s work frequently incorporates logos, emblems and insignia that speak about locality and place through cultural symbols. These often include sports team badges, corporate logos and sub-cultural motifs. Drawing on subjects found in the urban landscape, Moore communicates in exacting detail through painting.

Having grown up in the regional town of Orange, Moore is interested in exploring the history of local regional towns through visual imagery and signage. He sees parallels between Shepparton and his hometown of Orange: both are rural towns, and the industries of both towns have changed and evolved through the impact of globalisation and technology. He has focussed on the local company SPC (Shepparton Preserving Company) Ardmona, which was originally a locally owned and run company, that primarily sourced fruits from local suppliers and employed many local staff. SPC Ardmona is now part of a global brand: owned by Coca – Cola Amatil, their famous soft-drink brand is instantly recognised around the world.

 Since completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), Melbourne-based artist Moore has exhibited extensively in Victoria including exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary, West Space and the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Melbourne Now.

SAM Easter School Holiday Programs.

29 March to 7 April 2016

Join us during the Easter school holidays for inspiring and creative workshops.
Call SAM to make a booking (03) 5832 9861.

Animated Decay Smartphone Animation

Date:           Thursday 7 April
Time:          10am to 4pm
Audience:    13 to 16 years
Venue:         SAM workshop room
Cost:           $25 (Friends $22) Incl. Lunch
Tutor:          Mimi Leung

Learn about the basic concepts of animation inspired by the artwork Metaflora by Patricia Piccinini and A Little Death by Sam Taylor-Johnson. With a simple paper cut outs create an animation using your smartphone camera as you explore ideas of decay and revealing.
Please bring along a smartphone or tablet.

Apples and Pears Traditional Still Life Pastel Painting

Date:          Tuesday 29 March
Time:          1 to 2.30pm
Audience:    13 to 16 years
Venue:        SAM workshop
Cost:           $14 (Friends $12)
Tutor:          Christine Broersen

Learn about still life painting in pastels from accomplished local artist, Christine Broersen, who has been working with this medium for the past twenty years. Be inspired by the works in Cornucopia and use traditional painting techniques to create your own still life.

A Feast of Clay with Jessilla Rogers

Date:           Wednesday 30 March
Time:           10am to 4pm
Audience:     10 to16 years
Venue:         SAM workshop room
Cost:           $45 (Friends $40), incl. lunch
Tutor:          Jessilla Rogers

Make colourful, food related clay sculptures in response to the works in Cornucopia. Learn hand-building skills and apply colour using slips and stains with Melbourne-based, Showcase #9 artist Jessilla Rogers.
Please bring an art smock.

I’m a Little Teapot

Create your own teacup and saucer out of clay

Date:           Thursday 31 March
Time:          10.30 to 11.30am
Audience:   6 to 9 years
Venue:        SAM workshop
Cost:           $15 (Friends $13)
Tutor:         Kaye Poulton

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Create your own teapot and teacup set out of clay

Date:           Thursday 31 March
Time:           2 to 3.30pm
Audience:    10 to 14 years
Venue:         SAM workshop room
Cost:           $15 (Friends $13)
Tutor:          Kaye Poulton

Teapots and cups are often used in story books and cartoons. Inspired by these images, children will make a small fun teapot and cups from clay.

SAM welcomes new Curatorial Assistant.

The Shepparton Art Museum is pleased to welcome Belinda Briggs as the new Curatorial Assistant – Indigenous Visual Arts.

This new 12 month position was developed with the assistance of Creative Victoria’s Indigenous Visual Arts Residency program.

Belinda Briggs is a local Yorta Yorta woman and has previously worked in partnership with the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and as the coordinator for the My Moola program; a pilot program which upskills local indigenous people within the Goulburn Murray region with professional skills and financial literacy.

Belinda Briggs says:

‘I’m excited about the new role of Curatorial Assistant – Indigenous Visual Arts and the opportunities it will give me to engage with the local community. On a personal level, this role will be a great learning experience and it will offer me the opportunity to experience different roles in the museum and be part of the exciting and diverse curatorial program at SAM in 2016.’

The Creative Victoria residency program has supported SAM to further connect with the local Aboriginal community, while providing professional development, curatorial and programming skills to the incumbent.

Shepparton has the highest Aboriginal population of any regional town in Victoria. SAM and the Greater Shepparton City Council worked with Creative Victoria to develop the residency opportunity after both the Museum and the local Aboriginal arts community expressed a need to create deeper connections and exchange skills.

SAM Director, Dr Rebecca Coates says:

“This is an exciting new opportunity for SAM, developed in partnership with Creative Victoria. Belinda brings valuable knowledge and experience to the position, which will enable SAM to further support and work closely with our local Aboriginal communities in Greater Shepparton. I am delighted to welcome Belinda to the SAM team, and we look forward to working with her across many of the Museum’s activities, including the important Indigenous Ceramics Art Award 2016.”

The SAM residency opportunity is jointly supported by Creative Victoria and the Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.

Showcase #9. Jessilla Rogers and Tessy M King

Showcase #9 features the work of Melbourne based artists Jessilla Rogers and Tessy M King opens Saturday 6 February.

Both Jessilla Rogers and Tessy M King integrate bright and bold colours into their ceramic works as they reference past experiences and childhood memories.

Roger’s ceramic pieces are hand built or wheel thrown or a combination of both with a ‘wonky’ and not too serious nature to them. Whereas King’s work uses more formal processes and techniques but also have a ‘wonky’ element to them.

Both artists create functional vessels alongside more sculptural works. When the two bodies of work are curated together, the combination of colour bursts and interesting line is a welcoming sight to see.

Showcase #9 with Jessilla Rogers and Tessy M King will run until April 24 and all works on show can be purchased through the SAM Shop.

Image: Jessilla Rogers, Camellia Parker Bowles, 2015, © the artis

New SAM receives $10 million boost from State Government

The Victorian Government is making a major investment in Shepparton’s cultural vibrancy, liveability and visitor economy through a funding commitment of $10 million towards the Shepparton Art Museum Redevelopment Project.

In Shepparton today at the existing site of the Shepparton Art Museum, the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced the Regional Development Victoria funding towards the $34.5 million project.

The project will see the Shepparton Art Museum relocated to the more visually prominent and accessible location of the Victoria Lake Park.

The project will activate Shepparton as a cultural destination, create local jobs, increase visitation, attract business investment, and boost consumer spending in the region’s retail, hospitality and accommodation sectors.

The redevelopment will deliver a new art museum with increased capacity to showcase its unique ceramics, indigenous and multi-cultural collections to Victorian, interstate and international visitors.

It will also improve the region’s cultural vibrancy, liveability, community engagement, social cohesion and cultural connectedness within its indigenous and multicultural communities.

Shepparton Council’s business case for the project forecasts it will lead to an increase in visitation to the art museum from 36,869 to over 90,000 in three years’ time and up to 100,000 in five years.

Over the construction phase, the project will inject $34.5 million in the local economy, and create 72 direct and 109 indirect jobs. Once operational, the museum will increase visitor spending in the region by $6.25 million per annum and provide 23 direct jobs by year ten.

This will have a positive impact on the annual visitor spend in the region and is likely to encourage other private investment in new business and tourism infrastructure and services to cater for the increased number of visitors to the region.

The project will deliver:

  • A new multi-level and energy efficient building
  • Studio space designed to host an ‘artists in residence program’
  • Studio spaces for workshops and use by community groups
  • A Children’s Gallery to promote exploration and learning through sensory, emotional and intellectual stimulation
  • A community piazza
  • A Grand Hall, ideal for events and functions
  • A permanent home for Shepparton’s Visitor Information Centre and Gallery Kaiela (an not-for-profit Aboriginal art gallery)
  • Display space for new art collections and acquisitions
  • A theatrette for screenings and performances, particularly in support the Australian National Piano Awards and the Shepparton Arts Festival.


The Victorian Government will allocate the $10 million from its $500 Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, contingent on Australian Government funding through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

“Redeveloping the Shepparton Art Museum will greatly enhance Shepparton’s key cultural asset. It will boost the region’s liveability, cultural connectedness within its indigenous and multicultural communities, and help to attract new visitors, residents and investors,” said Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford.

“Investing in cultural assets is vital to developing culturally vibrant regional communities and diversifying the economic base. Cultural assets improve the attractiveness and liveability of regional Victoria and provide opportunities for regional and community education, and encourage engagement and community cohesion”.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Dinny Adem said the investment will have a significant positive impact on the economy of our region. “A new SAM is a game changer for Greater Shepparton. It will position our region as a strong tourism destination and will attract more visitors, entice more people to live here and investors to the area, as well as diversifying our economy,” said Cr Adem.

“We are extremely grateful for the funding and very excited by the Andrew’s Government’s $10 million investment towards making a new SAM a reality.”

“We congratulate the state government on their vision. As a significant investor they are key to bringing to fruition a unique regional art museum experience, although the new SAM will be much more than an art museum,” said Cr Adem.

“Greater Shepparton is excited to partner with all tiers of Government and we look forward to visiting our Federal counterparts in Canberra soon to talk them through the merits of our proposal.”