Last call for VCE students to exhibit work in the new SAM building.

Applications for Shepparton Art Museum’s reopening exhibition, FRESH: GV Top Art & Design 2021, will close on Tuesday 8 December. FRESH is 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.

In the past, SAM’s student shows have provided inspiration and at times career pathways into the arts and creative industries:

‘Exhibiting in SAM’s student show in 2016 was a big step in the start to my career and creative journey,’ said Abram Rasmussen (pictured), former Shepparton Christian College student. ‘It helped me realise that people enjoyed what I was making and that I am able to create things of value that people care about. This gave me the confidence to pursue a career as a “creative”.’

‘So fast forward to now – I run a successful photography/videography business, creating all sorts of content for different brands and businesses over the past few years. I am also about to start a full-time position at a local marketing agency as their creative director. So, SAM and particularly that 2016 VCE exhibition gave me the confidence to pursue what I was passionate about and now I am able to do what I love and provide for my family – which I may not have thought possible otherwise.’

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.

Applications close on Tuesday 8 December at 4pm, and can be completed via SAM’s website

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

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