Artists in conversation, art making activities and music return on 25 May at SAM at Sunset

Artists in conversation, art making activities and music return to SAM on 25 May as part of SAM at Sunset

Shepparton Art Museum’s (SAM) monthly late-night program SAM at Sunset returns on Thursday 25 May from 5pm with an evening of art, talks, drinks and live music. Visitors are invited to explore the galleries after dark and enjoy drinks and music at the museum’s Level 4 function space.

At 6pm Ash Keating, the Melbourne-based artist behind SAM’s current major exhibition ELEVATION, will share his creative journey, exploring the evolution of his distinct style. He will be joined by Blackartprojects Director David Hagger, who works closely on major public art projects with Keating, and SAM CEO Melinda Martin.

Visitors can also enjoy a tour with SAM staff highlighting key works from SAM’s extensive art collection, which has been built over the museum’s 87-year history.

The Level 4 Bar will once again be open for an evening of drinks and nibbles, where guests can watch the sun set with a live DJ set from Shepparton-based online record store Record Per Tutti. Attendees will also have the opportunity to get creative with a hands-on still-life sketching activity, featuring ceramics from the SAM Collection. With its relaxed atmosphere, the terrace bar 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:

“We are excited to have Ash return to SAM and dive a little deeper into his fascinating artistic practice. With only one month left of ELEVATION, this conversation with Ash, David and Melinda will be one of the last chances for our community to engage with the artist directly about the show and his work. SAM at Sunset, on the whole, is a great opportunity for people to enjoy SAM after hours. Late-night gallery programs are popular across the world, and it’s great to see our community embrace this culture and come to enjoy the museum after dark.”

SAM at Sunset will be held on Thursday 25 May from 5pm to 8pm. Entry to the museum and to the talks are free; tickets to the Level 4 bar and live music are now on sale via Trybooking or can be purchased on the night: