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December and January at SAM

SAM festive season opening hours.

SAM will be open all summer closing only on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Exhibition showing at SAM in December 2016 and January 2017:
80/80. Eighty years of SAM. The Collection
SAM Local Spotlight: Tarli Bird
SAM Local: VCE Art & Studio Arts
SAM Local: Best of Friends
Showcase #12: Andrei Davidoff
Drawing Wall #25: Elizabeth Gower

We look forward to greeting you over December and January.

 Festive season opening hours:                                                     

Sunday 25 December            


Monday 26 December          

1pm to 4pm

Tuesday 27 December        

1pm to 4pm

Wednesday 28 December    

10am to 4 pm

Thursday 29 December          

10am to 4pm

Friday 30 December          

10am to 4pm

Saturday 31 December          

10am to 4pm    

Sunday 01 January      


Monday 02 January        

1pm to 4pm

Tuesday 03 January        

10am to 4pm

SAM Drawing Wall #25: Elizabeth Gower

Drawing Wall #25: Elizabeth Gower will be on display until Sunday 12 February, 2017.

Elizabeth Gower is the next artist to feature on the SAM Drawing Wall.

Using cuttings from old advertising catalogues, price tags and junk mail, Gower has created a series of collages that form rhythmic and geometric patterns across the SAM Drawing Wall.

Drawing Wall #25 is a reworking of 365 Rotations, a piece that Gower developed for the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now, 2013-14 and AC Institute, New York, 2014. SAM’s Drawing Wall #25, integrates advertising collateral from Shepparton based businesses such as SPC Ardmona and Campbell’s Soups, connecting her work to the regional food production industry.

Gower has held over 30 individual exhibitions in Australia and overseas, including shows at Cite Internationale des Arts Gallery, Paris, 2007; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2011; and Cubism and Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2009. Her work is held in many notable public collections both in Australia and internationally and is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

The SAM Drawing Wall is an ongoing series of commissioned, temporary, site specific wall based drawings or installations that enliven the foyer space of the Eastbank Centre, directly outside SAM.

Drawing Wall #25: Elizabeth Gower will be on display until Sunday 12 February, 2017.

SAM Indigenous Collection Grows

Ironwood totem carvings have been donated to SAM collection through a major Cultural Bequest.

SAM is pleased to announce that a significant group of figure and Tutini ironwood totem carvings have been donated to the SAM Shepparton Art Museum Collection through the generous gift of an anonymous donor. These works will further strengthen the Indigenous Collection being donated to SAM by the Gantners.

Established in 1936, the Shepparton Art Gallery was rebranded as the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) in 2011. In 2012 it was awarded best Victorian small art museum. SAM holds one of Australia’s leading collections of historic and contemporary Australian ceramics. This includes an extensive collection of Indigenous ceramics art, acquired as part of SAM’s Acquisitive Award, the Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (ICAA).

A significant Cultural Bequest of Indigenous art has resulted in SAM holding one of the most important Indigenous collections outside of major State Galleries. Artists of Aboriginal, Tiwi and/or Torres Strait Islander descent are represented.  The Cultural Gift includes Indigenous artworks from across Australia, including works by Albert Namitjira and the Namitjira family, and Yorta Yorta artist Lin Onus. 

The Charles Nodrum Gallery noted

“Ian Baillieu and his family are delighted that the notable group of ironwood carvings collected by his late wife Marianne Baillieu in the Northern Territory in the late 1970s is to remain intact.  As the admired founder of Realities Gallery, she was a pioneer exhibitor of indigenous art in Melbourne. Whilst the quality of these carvings speaks for itself, both the early date of her collection and her personality and influence as a collector combine to give the group a further significance over and above the individual works.”

These works are on view at Charles Nodrum Gallery as part of the Bark + Ironwood exhibition in association with D’lan Davidson until 26 November, 2016.

Notable indigenous works in the SAM collection are now on show at SAM in the exhibition 80/80 Eighty Years of SAM. The Collection until February 2018.