Applications now open for SAM Squared.

Applications for the Shepparton Art Museum’s new program SAM SQUARED opens Tuesday 14 December 2021. 

Drawing inspiration from SAM’s much loved and celebrated ‘SAM Local’ suite of exhibitions, SAM SQUARED celebrates local creativity all year round in the dedicated exhibition space, the Williamson Community Gallery at the new Shepparton Art Museum. 

Local artists and creatives will have opportunities through the SAM SQUARED program to present their work in a professional museum context and connect with new audiences. SAM SQUARED aims to promote, foster, engage and celebrate creativity from our vibrant creative community in the Goulburn Valley. 

Shelley McSpedden, Acting Artistic Director and Senior Curator said “We have an extraordinarily rich and diverse creative community in the Goulburn valley region. From spinners and weavers, to painters and makers in more traditional forms. The SAM Squared program is designed as a permanent space to support, promote and celebrate creativity in all its many forms.” 

Jessica O’Farrell, Exhibitions Curator said: “SAM SQUARED celebrates the diverse creative community we have in the Goulburn Valley. We welcome all creatives from around the Goulburn Valley to consider applying or encouraging others to submit for an opportunity to showcase their work in our new dedicated space.” 

SAM SQUARED is an annual program and will seek artwork and exhibition submissions in three open callout opportunities: 

SAM OPEN: An all ages, open exhibition celebrating the creativity of our community Applications open: Now Open Applications close: Friday 28 January 2022 Application fee: $40 which includes entry and a Friends of SAM single yearly membership. $10 for current members. 

SAM EOI: Artist, curator, creative practitioner or community group led exhibitions via an expression of interest proposal 

Applications open: Now Open Applications close: Friday 11 February 2022 

SAM SPOTLIGHT: A solo exhibition showcasing the talent of an emerging local artist 

Applications open: Monday 13 December 2021 Applications close: Friday 25 February 2022 

Application fee: $40 which includes entry and a Friends of SAM single yearly membership. $10 for current members. 

To apply, applicants must live or must demonstrate a strong connection to in the following areas of the Goulburn Valley and the Hume Region: 

Alpine, Benalla, Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Mansfield, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, and Wodonga 

Interested artists, creatives and arts groups are encouraged to visit SAM’s website for more information and application forms. 


Media enquiries, please contact: 

Gabriella Calandro, Engagement Manager, SAM p: (03) 4804 5020  e: