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: https://sheppartonartmuseum.com.au/events/?tribe_eventcategory%5B%5D=21

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