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Step into the world of The ARNDT Collection at SAM this summer.

Step into the world of The ARNDT Collection at SAM this summer.

Showing exclusively at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) this summer, new major exhibition The ARNDT Collection: From One World to Another provides an insight into the private art collection of Matthias Arndt and Tiffany Wood.

Curated by Rachael Vance, Director and Curator of the ARNDT Collection, From One World to Another explores Arndt and Wood’s passion for collecting and the special, lasting relationships that are developed with artists through collecting their work. Featuring over forty significant artworks spanning painting, film, sculpture, ceramics, photography, works on paper, and furniture design, the exhibition weaves together an array of personal narratives that collectively resound with the ARNDT Collection philosophy: that art inspires new ways of experiencing the world.

Matthias Arndt and Tiffany Wood say of the collaboration:

“As art collectors, we take great pleasure in acquiring artworks and cherishing them in our daily lives. However, collecting art carries a profound responsibility and the privilege of sharing the art we're passionate about with a broad audience.

This is why we’re particularly thrilled about collaborating with SAM and the opportunity to showcase a carefully curated selection from our art collection, engaging in a dialogue with a larger audience. My encounter with contemporary art has been life-changing, and working in this field and collecting art is a continuous source of inspiration and wonder.

We extend our warmest thanks to the visitors of SAM and our exhibition. Above all, we wish them a wealth of encounters, joy, inspiration, and a deep appreciation for the transforming powers of art.”

Highlights of the exhibition include a selection of Pablo Picasso’s ceramics, UK duo Gilbert & George’s photo-collage Union Dance (2008), French artist Sophie Calle’s mixed media The view of my life (2020) and Filipino artist Rodel Tapaya’s painting Beaten with many stripes (2020), as well as works from renowned Australian artists Del Kathryn Barton and Ben Quilty. Echoing the way in which much of the ARNDT Collection fills the home of the collectors, the exhibition design incorporates living space elements that lend the gallery a more intimate, personal atmosphere that emulates the residence of Arndt and Wood.

While the exhibition primarily occupies the museum’s People’s Gallery on Level 2, the display extends to the ceramics showcase outside of the Elsewhere at SAM Café to highlight Picasso’s ceramics alongside sculptural works from German-born artist Joseph Beuys, allowing visitors to experience the artworks as the collectors do – amongst friends, family, food, and conversation.

Rachael Vance, Director and Curator of the ARNDT Collection, says of the curating the exhibition:

"From One World to Another illuminates the intimate and beautiful evolution of shaping an art collection. However, finding a harmonious balance between such an array of distinctive artistic voices was complex due to the abundance of world-class pieces within the collection's holdings.

A significant element in curating the exhibition within a museum context was the importance in recognising private collections as contemporary sources that actively frame the public’s relation to art and current artistic influences. This interplay between the public and private spheres was integral to acknowledge. With this sentiment, I am so extremely thrilled to let the world in to see this first institutional exhibition from the ARNDT Collection."

Following the exhibition’s opening to the public on 11 November 2023, visitors are invited to join Matthias Arndt for a free, exclusive guided tour of the exhibition at SAM on 17 November at 2PM. The tour will provide attendees with an opportunity to gain a deeper, more personal understanding of the growth of the ARNDT Collection and the passion of the collectors that have built it. Bookings for the tour can be made via Humanitix:

The ARNDT Collection: From One World to Another will be showing at Shepparton Art Museum from 11 November 2023 until 10 March 2024. Entry to this exhibition, and all exhibitions at SAM, is free.

Further programs and special events will be announced throughout the duration of the show.

List of featured artists:

Del Kathryn Barton, Joseph Beuys, Kwesi Botchway, Sophie Calle, Joe Colombo, Lippo d’Andrea, Johnson Eziefula, Rainer Fetting, Zaachariaha Fielding, Gilbert & George, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jitish Kallat, Alicja Kwade, Tahnee Lonsdale, Heinz Mack, David Noonan, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Ben Quilty, Julian Rosefeldt, Gareth Sansom, Rodel Tapaya, Zandile Tshabalala, Xiyao Wang, Ambera Wellmann, and Franz West.

Image: Gilbert & George, Union Dance (detail), 2008, JACK FREAK PICTURES. Courtesy of ARNDT Collection.

© Gilbert & George.

Celebrate local artists at the closing event of After the Rain at Shepparton Art Museum.

The official closing celebration for current Shepparton Art Museum exhibition After the Rain will take place on Saturday 14 October from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. After the Rain features the work of selected members from Echuca-based arts group Tuesday Junction and reflects on their experiences of the 2022 flood event that impacted the region. The exhibition was selected as the 2023 SAM EOI exhibition, which allows local artists, curators, creative practitioners and community groups an opportunity to propose and present an existing project within the SAM Community Gallery through a call-out and application process.

The closing celebration will feature a panel discussion between artists Jill Kenley, Anne Mawson, Bronwyn Morton, Carolyn Rolls, Penny Silver, Rebecca Wells, Kerry Williams and SAM Curator – Community Caroline Esbenshade. The group will explore their individual art practices and their collective experiences of the flood disaster as expressed through their creative responses.

For visitors with an interest in growing their art skills, Tuesday Junction artists Bronwyn Morton and Penny Silver will lead a hands-on workshop on Saturday morning prior to the exhibition celebration. In the workshop, titled Colliding on Canvas with Penny Silver and Bronwyn Morton, the artists will guide participants through the process of creating mixed-media artworks informed by their own practices.

Caroline Esbenshade, SAM Curator – Community, says of the events:

“This closing event is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate the passion and talent of the Tuesday Junction artists, as well as reflect on our collective resilience and progress in recovering from the devastation of last year’s floods. We’d love to see as many people there as possible to support our local creatives and share in an afternoon of art, conversation and connection. The workshop is also an incredible opportunity for people to learn from exhibiting artists and get creative in a relaxed and supportive environment.”

The Colliding on Canvas workshop will take place in the SAM Level 2 Workshop from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 14 October, followed by the After the Rain exhibition closing celebration in the SAM Community Gallery on Level 2. Attendance at the exhibition closing celebration is free, while the workshop participation ticket price is $75. Further details and registration links can be found on the SAM website:

Image: Tuesday Junction: After the Rain, installation view, Shepparton Art Museum 2023. Photo: Leon Schoots.

Echuca-based artist Ellen Lee to open her SAM Spotlight exhibition at Shepparton Art Museum on 21 October 2023.

A new exhibition entitled Landscape; of sight, of sound, featuring the work of Echuca-based artist Ellen Lee, will be showing at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) in the Hugh D.T Williamson Community Gallery from 21 October 2023 until 28 January 2024 as the latest instalment of the museum’s annual SAM Spotlight program.

Lee, an emerging artist working in graphite and watercolour, presents her sensory experience of nature through a series of large-scale abstract works on paper. Lee translates her experiences of Echuca’s Banyula Forest into her creative practice by creating layers of gestural marks and pigments that convey her unique interpretation of the landscape. Through the artworks, the exhibition offers a shared moment of reflection and tranquility in nature between the artist and viewer.

Designed to showcase the work of early-career professional artists in the region, SAM Spotlight is a dedicated solo exhibition opportunity, with feature artists identified through an open expression-of-interest process. SAM Spotlight is a commissioned opportunity, with participating artists receiving an artist fee and stipend for artwork production.

Caroline Esbenshade, SAM Curator – Community, says of the exhibition:

“Over the last year Ellen Lee has pushed her practice, expanding the scale of her drawings dramatically – including one over five meters in length. The artworks envelop viewers in a meditative impression of landscape.

Our Spotlight opportunity provides a fantastic opportunity for local creatives to extend their practice and be supported by the SAM team. I hope artists and members of the community who visit are inspired by the show, and perhaps even learn about a new drawing technique.” 

Landscape; of sight, of sound will open on Saturday 21 October 2023 and will run until 28 January 2024.

Image: Ellen Lee portrait, courtesy of Ellen Lee.

Statement from Shepparton Art Museum Ltd in support of the Voice to Parliament

Shepparton Art Museum Ltd (SAM) supports the recognition of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution through the proposed Voice to Parliament.

SAM believes that voting “Yes” for this voice to the Australian Government is a positive step forward in creating a stronger future for First Nations people.

We are committed to supporting First Nations people in having their voices heard. SAM will continue to work with Yorta Yorta people upon whose lands we live and work, and will continue to create opportunities for First Nations people across Australia to come together to respect and celebrate their cultures through art, creative practice, and our shared histories.

SAM encourages everyone to seek the information needed to make an informed decision on the Referendum by visiting