Popular evening event SAM at Sunset’s April program to feature free artist talks, kids tours, exhibition design conversations, group photography and live music

Shepparton Art Museum’s (SAM) monthly late-night program SAM at Sunset returns in April with an evening of art, talks, drinks and live music. Beginning at the new time of 5pm, this month artist Adam John Cullen’s two interconnected exhibitions Three Hares and Three Ears are in the spotlight, with the artist leading a conversation with fellow artist Kate Wallace, gallerist Adam Stone (LON Gallery) and SAM Head of Exhibitions and Collections Jessica O’Farrell. 

Following Cullen’s artist talk, visitors can also enjoy a conversation that dives into the exhibition design process behind current SAM Collection show Dance Me to the End of Love with the SAM exhibitions team, delving into the use of colour, light and material to create the unique mood of the show. For kids, a kids-focused tour of Dance Me to the End of Love will be running, leading them on a journey of discovery through the gallery; and for visitors of all ages, group portrait sessions will be held in current Children’s Gallery exhibition All Together, where printed copies of the portraits will be available to take home. 

The Level 4 Terrace Bar will once again be open for evening of drinks and nibbles, with live music from local musician Luke Lewis. With its sleek architecture and design, the terrace bar's relaxed, stylish atmosphere is perfect for after-work drinks, date night, or a catch-up with friends. All galleries and the museum shop will be open for extended-hours access and evening shopping. 

Gabriella Calandro, SAM Head of Engagement, says of the program: 

SAM at Sunset is unique event in our region that creates a space for our community to come together and explore the museum outside of normal museum hours. It’s perfect as a solo activity, a place to catch up with friends, or as an after-school treat for families to practice creativity together. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for our community to support local creatives and musicians by creating sustainable and regular paid programming opportunities.”  

SAM at Sunset will be held on Thursday 27 April from 5pm to 8pm. Entry to the museum and access to the photography session and talks are free; tickets to the Level 4 bar and live music are now on sale via Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/CHJNR