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SAM closes… for now

In line with state and federal government advice, the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) will be closed to the public from today Wednesday 25 March until current restrictions ease.

“We wish all of our colleagues, artists and wider community good health and best wishes in these trying times,” said SAM Director Rebecca Coates.

“We will continue to share our work and our collections through our online channels, in an effort to support our artists and to bring some colour to the current climate.”

Whether on site or virtual, the SAM team wishes to advise you on what is happening behind the scenes:

Current exhibitions

All exhibitions will remain in the museum during this period and we hope that we can share them with you once this period has ended.

Digital and online

The SAM team are also working to get content up online and on digital platforms for our audiences to share. There will be plenty to engage all ages, and we look forward to also sharing the work of our colleagues and artistic community.


All artworks are safe, and will continue to be carefully monitored, as they are when we are open.

SAM Transition

Work will continue on SAM’s transition to the new building, which will continue either at SAM or remotely. While there may be delays, we are keen to continue to work towards what will be one of the most exciting, and certainly highest, buildings in our region.

Visit SAM on Instagram or Facebook. You can also call on (03) 5832 9861 or email

SAM celebrates all things local

Showcasing and celebrating local talent across all areas of the gallery is the driving purpose behind the popular SAM Local exhibition, which will return with a bang this month.

Opening Friday 13 March, the five exhibitions that make up the 2020 SAM Local exhibition are full of exciting and diverse artists and creatives that will surprise and delight visitors.

SAM Local Spotlight: Madeline Wright

Madeline’s solo exhibition of object based works in metal, ceramic and glass, is based on her upbringing near the Goulburn River in Arcadia. Inspired by the objects and colours of this landscape, A Field Guide to Utopia will encourage the viewer to slow down and observe nuances in our surroundings.

SAM Local eduLAB: Nadia Hernandez

Working with schools and education groups, artist Nadia Hernandez will engage children of all ages with her vibrant 2D and 3D immersive exhibition. Not just to be viewed, eduLAB is designed for engagement and visitors are encouraged to add to the ongoing artwork over the course of 4 weeks.

SAM Local Best of Friends: 35 Years On

Celebrating the works of Friends of SAM, this open access exhibition provides an insight into the diverse artistic talents within our community.

Showcase #25: Sandra Bowkett

Local ceramicist Sandra Bowkett’s showcase is a window into the creative process. Fired in a wood-fired kiln she built herself, Sandra’s pieces show the result of the wood-firing on the finished piece, in the form of patterns, markings and colours.

Drawing Wall #38: Troy Firebrace

Well-known local Yorta Yotra artist Troy Firebrace will be the 28th artist to take on the SAM drawing wall, a temporary wall based mural in the SAM Foyer. Troy’s work draws from his culture, identity, the environment, life experience and inspiration found in street art.

The importance of celebrating our local talent is clear to SAM Director Dr Rebecca Coates. “These exhibitions engage artists and communities throughout Greater Shepparton and beyond. It encourages us to delve into our imagination and get involved across a diverse range of activities. We welcome all to come and support our local artists, and join in the fun!”

Exhibition Dates:  Friday 13 March – Sunday 3 May 2020
Official Opening:  Thursday 12 March, 5pm – 7pm

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