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SAM temporary closure.

In line with state and federal government advice, the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) will be closed to the public from Wednesday 5 August until current restrictions ease.

“Whilst this closure is disappointing, our priority remains the safety of our community, artists and staff” said SAM Director Rebecca Coates. “We have built up a strong collection of workshops, exhibition tours and educational resources online and will continue to share our work and collections through our virtual channels.”

Current exhibition

SAM currently has three exhibitions on display: A Finer Grain: Selected Works from the SAM Collection; Showcase #26: Irene Grishin Selzer, a partnership with Pepite; and SAM Drawing Wall #38, with Jahnne Pasco White. Details of these projects and exhibitions can be found on the SAM website. A series of activations for these projects will continue to be rolled out over the next few months. Check the #SAM Hub for updates and information.

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

Digital and online

The SAM team have worked with a series of artists and our creative community to create a wide variety of online content to engage all ages and audiences. From workshops on clay building to art inspiration for kid’s projects, there is plenty to keep hands and minds active on the SAM Hub. We have plenty of new artist contributions planned over the next few months.  


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. While there may be disruptions, we are keen to continue to work towards what will be one of the most exciting, and certainly highest, buildings in our region.

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SAM partners with pépite to bring emerging artists to the Showcase space.

Shepparton Art Museum is thrilled to be partnering with Melbourne based gallery pépite, to bring emerging contemporary art and design artists to the popular SAM Showcase exhibition space.

The Showcase series at SAM is designed to support object artists in the development of their work, the opportunity to hold an exhibition in a gallery setting, and to enable the public to purchase works from a diverse range of exciting creators.

This is the third in a series of partnerships we have developed with other leading contemporary organisations focusing on supporting and showcasing artists and creatives – first with Mr Kitley, second with Craft, and now pépite. Each is designed to grow SAM’s links with like-minded organisations, their audiences and stable of artists. For our partner, it is a unique opportunity for their artists to show and present in regional Victoria, and for SAM, to bring new and emerging talent to Shepparton’s doorstep. 

“SAM Showcase is such an important space at SAM, as it enables us to support creativity through our makers and designers. It provides an opportunity for collectors and design enthusiasts to admire and purchase unique pieces from Australian artists,” says SAM Director Dr Rebecca Coates. “We are so pleased to partner with pépite, as we share a similar vision when it comes to lifting up and sharing the sensational work that is produced by our artistic community,” Dr Coates explains.

Representing more than 40 emerging contemporary artists from their Melbourne based showroom, pépite features a collection of one-of-a kind and limited edition works, predominantly ceramics, alongside sculpture, glass pieces, illustration, jewellery and accessories.

Every object and happening at pépite has been curated by founder Irina Rybakov. Irina is committed to supporting local talent and has been involved in Melbourne’s creative scene since she moved to Melbourne 10 years ago (from Lyon, France). After having spent a few years working with frankie magazine, Craft Victoria and The Big Design Market, Irina founded pépite in 2017 to follow her passion for contemporary art and design.

“I’m looking forward to be working with such a respected institution on creating three outstanding showcases of local talent, and present fresh and interesting new works to SAM’s visitors and supporters,” says pépite founder Irina Rybakov. “This partnership with SAM will be an opportunity to provide an additional platform to our emerging artists to experiment and create new work, present their practice to a wider audience and have their pieces exhibited alongside SAM’s exceptional collection of ceramic works by leading artists. It is also an exciting opportunity for SAM’s visitors to discover new talent through pépite’s wider community of emerging ceramic artists,” Irina explains.

The pépite partnership will consist of three showcase exhibitions. The first is Irene Grishin Selzeris, an Australian artist, based in Melbourne, who works predominantly with ceramics.  Her art practice engages with the notion of transience in nature, the shape of time and the sense of place.

Her practice takes two separate, but interconnected forms. The first is the clay paintings and clay drawings, the second is object-based pieces. The clay paintings can be regarded as a form of abstracted cartography-sprawling maps where scale is difficult to fathom, but we encounter pockets of energy, the movement of tides, electromagnetic waves and the build-up of deeply encrusted topographical layers. The object-based pieces may be thought of as individual points of focus, tiny areas of exploration, sandwiched cross-sections that pierce the surface or enigmatic relics and artefacts that carry the traces of ancient forms of spiritual energy.

SAM Showcase #26: Irene Grishin Selzeris.

25 June – 1 September 2020

at SAM.

Celebrate the return of SAM with Drawing Wall #38.

Shepparton Art Museum is delighted to be reopening to the public, after closing due to COVID-19 recommendations. 

Now on to its 38th iteration, the SAM Drawing Wall has become synonymous with celebrating creative talent and connecting artists and the Greater Shepparton Community. This series of large scale commissioned artworks enliven the foyer space at the entrance to the museum.

‘We are thrilled to be back at SAM, safely connecting our artistic community, and providing some out-of-home engagement for our visitors,” says SAM Director Dr Rebecca Coates. “Jahnne’s work presents ideas that are so embedded within Shepparton and surrounds, and encourages reflection on issues that are important to us as a regional city,” Dr Coates explains.

Jahnne Pasco-White is an artist currently living and working on Dja Dja Wurrung land and waters, or Chewton, Victoria. She often works with the re-purposing of previous works, and incorporating organic materials and pigments drawn from natural matter alongside the traditional medium of acrylic paint.

Pasco-White’s Drawing Wall Becoming-other, responds to the environment of Greater Shepparton and the agricultural and aqua industries. She has sourced waste-product fruit from local suburban areas and independent fruit and vegetable farmers to extract natural dyes and pigments for use in the artwork. Using organic materials against those traditionally identified with art making, such as acrylic paint, results in swathes of rich colour and texture.

Pasco-White completed a Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours (First Class) Victorian College of the Arts in 2015. Her work is held in the Bendigo Art Gallery collection, as the recipient of the 2019 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. She was the recipient of a 2018 Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Moya Dyring Memorial Studio scholarship at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and was awarded a Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Painting (2018-20).

Jahnne Pasco-White is represented by Station Gallery.

SAM Drawing Wall #38: Jahnne Pasco-White.

Exhibition Dates: 12 June – 7 January 2021

Location: at the SAM Entrance from Riverlinks Eastbank.

Image: Jahnne Pasco-White, Messmates (detail), 2019.Image by Christo Crocker. 

SAM, it’s like you are virtually there!

SAM invites you to experience current exhibition A Finer Grain: Selected Works from the SAM Collection from home with an interactive, self-guided virtual tour.

The virtual  tour allows viewers to ‘walk’ through each of the galleries in the museum, zoom in on works, listen to artists talk about their work in the exhibition, and provides extensive opportunities to learn more about the artworks featured.

A Finer Grain: Selected Works from the SAM Collection presents key and lesser-known works by Australian women artists across several decades. This exhibition spans the full breadth of SAM’s 83 year collection history, features a range of mediums and subjects, and showcases the breadth of SAM’s material focus in works on paper, painting, and Australian ceramics.

‘Even those that have visited the exhibition in the museum will find new delights in this tour’, explains SAM Director, Dr Rebecca Coates. ‘It is a pleasure to work with our artists to provide additional benefits to our online visitors, and we are committed to continuing to provide these opportunities to professional artists during such a challenging time for the arts sector,’ says Dr Coates.  

The A Finer Grain: Selected Works from the SAM Collection virtual tour joins a growing list of tours, workshops and activities that are available for free on SAM’s online content portal SAM Hub.

SAM continues to engage students and artists.

SAM is working hard to develop a range of activities and resources to engage, inform and inspire kids and families during this time of increased social isolation.

After a well-attended opening night, and successful first school group session, the interactive SAM eduLAB sessions with talented artist Nadia Hernández sadly had to close due to advice regarding COVID-19.

Rochester Secondary College teacher Meg Doller brought her students into the exhibition prior to closure and commented, “I had my year 7’s in and was truly astounded by how much they retained and all the specific things they could write and talk about. An enriching experience for so many of them.”

SAM had the pleasure of working with Nadia Hernández to create alternatives for all students to share in this opportunity, even if the physical exhibition is not available. SAM are pleased to present two virtual workshops inspired by the work and themes that informed the eduLAB sessions planned for the students in the museum.

These workshops are designed to walk students through activities with purpose, using materials they are likely to have around the house, and would be suited to both primary and secondary aged students.

“It is so important that SAM stands by our artists and community during these challenging times, and the result is that we are able to continue to bring these deep thinking creative opportunities to our students and teachers, at a time when they are likely most needed.” explains SAM Director Dr Rebecca Coates.

“We are very keen to work with our talented educators to support them and their students with any resources they might need, and I encourage them to get in touch with SAM to see how we can help.” Dr Coates says.

Workshop 1, Out Loud! Express Yourself. This workshop encourages students to think about what they are passionate about, and consider how they would like to present their ideas and views. Nadia then walks them through some creative techniques she uses in her own practice, and touches on the symbolism of how to display your message.

Workshop 2, Sculpt It. Nadia shares the idea of ‘Querencia’ (an inner sense of strength), and how it influences her work. She then leads participants in the process of considering and expressing their own Querencia with a three dimensional object, and includes techniques they can apply with limited tools and supplies.

La Trobe University Shepparton has once again sponsored the SAM eduLAB for 2020. “It was very sad to have to close the exhibition soon after opening, so we are even more delighted that Nadia has worked with SAM staff to create some wonderful virtual workshops for students of all ages.” says La Trobe University Shepparton’s Head of Campus, Elizabeth Capp.

 “The joy of creative expression is able to be shared even more widely through these activities and resource. We love that eduLAB successfully connects to formal school curriculum, and also makes these opportunities available to students who might otherwise miss out.” Ms Capp says.

Nadia Hernández’s workshops for SAM eduLAB are available to view on SAM’s online content portal SAM Hub.

Educators or community groups that would like to use the workshops in their learning plans are encouraged to contact SAM for additional support and resources.

SAM facilitates connections between young and old.

SAM is delighted to team up with local project I Wish I’d Asked to connect young and old in an exciting new initiative. Children are invited to participate in SAM‘s Wednesday morning virtual art lessons, and then send their finished creations along with a letter to a pen pal at a local retirement home.

Tackling issues of loneliness in our community is now more important than ever, with both children and seniors experiencing reduced social interaction in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. SAM and I Wish I’d Asked both run vibrant programs that strive to connect our communities, now with the added fun factor of snail mail!

“No matter your experience, everyone can get involved in this project. Whether it’s with a letter, a drawing, a wish, a message, a painting, a photo, every thought will be appreciated. All ages are encouraged to participate, there will be a pen pal for everyone!” says SAM’s Public Programs Officer Lisa Linton.

SAM Director Dr Rebecca Coates says “The idea of everyday kindnesses and little gestures that connect us with others is something that artists have often explored. SAM’s new project acknowledges a seminal work by the great Fluxux artist, Yoko Ono. Ono’s Wish Tree, 1996, invited people to write their personal messages of peace and hope and tie them to the branches of a tree. The work became a symbol for home in the face of natural and social trauma and disaster.”

“Given that our community can’t visit the gallery at present, instead, we are taking part of the gallery out to the community. Wishes and messages are being delivered direct to people’s own homes. This is about little gifts and everyday kindnesses.” Dr Coates explains.

So, how do you get involved?

Each Wednesday morning SAM will post a tutorial video on our website, Facebook, and Instagram account to inspire your creation, or you are free to come up with your own artwork. Send an email with a picture of your artwork with your name and postal address to to receive your stamp and standard sized envelope in the mail. Whilst we would love to send oversized works of art, it needs to fit in a standard letter envelope.

Once you receive your stamp and envelope from SAM, fill it with your artwork and a personal message to your new pen pal. Drop your letter into your local mailbox and wait for a reply!

Along with anticipation, one of the benefits of traditional post is that it adheres to health advice relating to person to person contact, due to the time frame it takes to be delivered. 

Stuck on what to ask your new pen pal? I Wish I’d Asked have created a list of questions to ask your new friend here:

SAM is working hard to bring engaging content online. The SAM Hub is our online collection of content for all ages and includes workshop videos, virtual exhibition tours and more. Visit or @SAM_Shepparton on Instagram or Facebook.