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SAM presents new online project with artist Sarah crowEST

In a first for Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), Sound Seen launches the art museum’s Artist Projects online platform. This is a newly commissioned artwork by Melbourne based artist, Sarah crowEST, available on SAM’s website from Thursday 1 October 2020.

Sound Seen will consist of a series of artworks conceived from visual scores for experimental musical responses but that can also function as dynamic visual artworks in their own right. CrowEST has produced five open-source, diagrammatic scores, developed and documented through a shifting, graphic process, which will be free to download and interpret on SAM’s website from 1 October.

“We’re delighted to be working with Sarah crowEST to present the first of SAM’s online, digital art projects.” SAM Artistic Director/CEO Rebecca Coates said. “This continues SAM’s commitment to presenting artist-led projects that connect with our community across platforms. Truly democratic and participatory, Sarah invites our audience to experience her work through sight, sound and musical responses.”

CrowEST explores connections between text, drawing, painting, noise and sound. Her works invite audience members to engage directly with the work. Her work spans discipline boundaries of contemporary art, publishing and performance. Her often collaborative projects involve sound artists and the production of diagrammatic scores, instructional works and word-events presented in the form of paintings and backdrops. With a focus on interpretation, she regularly engages in collaborations where experimental translations produce performative outcomes.

“This new commission by Sarah crowEST explores the dynamic, multi-form possibilities of language.” SAM Curator Lara Merrington said. “Her symbolic visual scores are informed by and in turn provide; infinite possibilities of interpretation. In the current context of a screen saturated world, the work is a refreshing plunge into experimental and cross-art form practice involving aural experience, collaborative work and performative outcomes. We are looking forward to seeing the public interact with this project in their own diverse ways.”

Score #1 has been co-developed with sound artist AHI (aka Luke Whitten) and Rara Zulu, who have produced a recording to be heard online in conjunction with the visual scores. Another of the scores will be co-developed with local musicians from Shepparton, to be made available from late-October.

Sound Seen: Sarah crowEST

From 1 October 2020 and ongoing online


Find new ways to be creative with SAM these school holidays!

This Spring, Shepparton Art Museum’s school holiday program is going digital. Over the next two weeks, artists Jahnne Pasco-White and Kenny Pittock will be delivering online workshops via the SAM HUB on SAM’s website.

Drawing Wall artist Jahnne Pasco-White will be delivering a fabric staining workshop using natural found items such as plants and flowers, fruit peels and rocks, while Kenny Pittock will be delivering an equally fun workshop on how to create ceramic fruit.

“Holiday programs should be a great way to get inspired and have a bit of fun. Some of our visitors might remember Kenny Pittock’s vending machine which we installed at SAM as part of our exhibition Cornucopia,” explains SAM Director, Dr Rebecca Coates.

“The ceramic hand-painted contents, including chocolate bars and humorous titled brands, were so realistic that many of our visitors asked us why we had installed a vending machine selling chocolate bars in the gallery,” says Dr Coates.

“Have a bit of fun these holidays with a new take on what makes Shepparton’s orchard economy unique.”

School holiday material packs can be purchased from the SAM website for just $10. The packs include a small bag of clay, green or yellow underglaze (clay paint), tote bag or hand puppet and SAM pencils.

The SAM hub can be accessed via the website,

Tag #SAMHUB in your creations.

Applications now open for VCE students to showcase artwork at new SAM

Shepparton Art Museum is calling for VCE students to register their artwork for display in FRESH: GV Top Art & Design 2021, an exhibition that will celebrate the creativity and quality of artistic talent of young artists throughout the North Central Victorian region in the first half of 2021.

Applications are open to Year 11 and 12 students who have completed VCE Studio Arts, Art and Visual Communication Design. Mediums can include photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, film, printmaking and a variety of design presentations from industrial, environmental and visual design.

2020 has been particularly tough for our school kids, teachers and families. What better a way to offer hope, and have something to look forward to in 2021 than a new exhibition celebrating creativity from North Central Victoria’s youth,’ explains SAM Director, Dr Rebecca Coates.

FRESH will be the first show to open in our new SAM building. It will be an opportunity for us to share and own a new space, and through the creative ideas of a new generation, explore, share, and enjoy. We really encourage you to chat with your teachers, contact the SAM team, put in an application, and get involved and inspired,’ says Dr Coates.

FRESH: GV Top Art and Design will form part of SAM Squared, a new space that will launch the new building’s opening program. SAM Squared will host a range of exhibitions, programs and events designed to foster, engage and rejoice creativity from the vibrant arts and creative community of North Central Victoria.

Applications will be accepted from the following shires, Alpine, Benalla, Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Mansfield, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

For more information, or if you wish to discuss your application for FRESH, please contact SAM’s Visual Arts Educator, Linda Bryan on