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Shepparton Art Museum Cafe and Functions Partner

Shepparton Art Museum is seeking expressions of interest from high quality, experienced food and beverage operators to provide food, beverage and functions experience for visitors to the new museum in Victoria Park, Shepparton.

The provider will partner with SAM to provide hospitality services across the site for guests, visitors and the community of Greater Shepparton. Services will operate under an exclusive arrangement across the site and will be an integral part of the visitor experience at SAM.

Operations will include the SAM café, as well as function catering for corporate events, exhibition openings, internal catering, functions and private/special events. The café space is approximately 260m2 and alfresco area 90m2. The level 4 function space is available for special events.

Commencement of the contract will be November 2020 for three terms of two years, six years in total.

Expression of Interest applications are to be submitted electronically via Tender Search. Applications open on 17 February 2020 and close on 13 March 2020. The question period ends on 28 February 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be requested to quote after 30 April 2020.

Community treasures to be discovered.

From the artwork that a great Aunt passed down, to a collection of Sammy Newman footy cards, many Greater Shepparton residents would have something in their collection they have often wondered about.

Inspired by the television show ‘Antiques Roadshow’, SAM’s Collector Roadshow will see SAM host 3 valuation experts from Melbourne Auction House Leonard Joel, who will provide insight and guidance on pieces from our community’s collections.

Presented on Sunday 23 February as part of the Collector/Collected exhibition, the SAM Collector Roadshow presents a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the history and value of our local treasures.

“We are looking forward to sharing stories and seeing some of the many treasures and discoveries that this event brings forward,’ says SAM Director Rebecca Coates. “In true Roadshow style, the event is sure to be part adventure, part history lesson and part gamble!”

Those who do not wish to have a piece valued, are most welcome to come along and enjoy the exciting atmosphere. There will also be a free curator’s floor talk showcasing the current exhibition Collector/Collected, running at 2pm on the day.

Valuation sessions are $10 each, running for 15 mins, with a maximum of 3 pieces per session. All sessions must be pre-booked via either the SAM website or by phoning the SAM shop on (03) 5832 9861.

When booking, you will select from three categories:

Decorative Arts: Includes fine European and Australian furniture, porcelain, silver, clocks, portrait miniatures, works of art and sculpture.

Fine Art: Offers expertise and extensive market knowledge in traditional, modern and contemporary fine art, such as paintings, drawings and graphics.

Jewellery: An experienced specialist who is a certified gemological and diamond technician.

All proceeds from the day support SAM’s acquisitions and the collection.


SAM Collector Roadshow.

Date: Sunday 23 February 12pm to 4pm

Location: Eastbank, next door to SAM.

Cost: $10 per valuation session. (3 pieces per session).

Bookings essential:


Collector/Collected Curator’s Floor Talk.

Date: Sunday 23 February 2pm to 2.30pm

Location: SAM, 70 Welsford St Shepparton.

Cost: Free



Collector/Collected Exhibition.

Date: Now until 1 March 2020

Location: SAM, 70 Welsford St Shepparton.

Cost: Free

Popular local ceramicist featured in SAM Showcase #25

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is delighted to announce Tallarook artist Sandra Bowkett as the 25th artist to exhibit their work as part of the SAM Showcase series.

Showcase #25: Sandra Bowkett, Clay // Fire is a collection of ceramic vessels that explore and make visible the energy of wood-firing on earth materials.

The ceramic pieces featured in the exhibition were fired at Bowkett’s home studio in Tallarook, in a wood-fired kiln she built herself in 2013. ‘I was inspired to build the kiln after comments made by some traditional Rajashani potters I occasionally work with. They were astounded by the quantity and quality of the timber/fuel lying about our property, and encouraged me to make use of it in my ceramic practice,’ explains Bowkett.

The impact of heat, ash and vessel position in the wood fired kiln result in distinctive markings and patterns that form on the works. The artist finishes the pieces with glazes that enable the natural variety of designs caused by the firing process to be the highlight.

Sandra Bowkett’s retail pieces have long been popular in the SAM Shop, and this exhibition allows her to experiment further with presentation in a gallery setting. The installation will include elements from the firing process, including bricks and kiln inserts, and gives the viewer an insight into the creation of the vessels.

Collectors of Bowkett’s work will be excited to learn they are able to purchase these unique pieces during the exhibition.

Showcase #25: Sandra Bowkett Clay // Fire

Date: 7 February 2020 – 6 May 2020

Location: SAM showcase display – at the entrance to SAM

Cost: FREE, works available for purchase

Image – Sandra Bowkett in her home studio. Photo: Lara Merrington