Dance me to the end of love: Journeys from birth to death in the SAM Collection

18 March 2023 - 11 February 2024

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born 

Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn 

Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn 

Dance me to the end of love 

- Leonard Cohen 

Dance Me to the End of Love evokes the grand cycles of life, traversing from birth to death through artworks in the SAM Collection. Spanning one hundred and twenty years, the diverse selection of artworks includes ceramics, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, assemblage, and installation.  
From their individual perspectives the thirty-nine artists in Dance Me to the End of Love share stories of a life lived and delve into connective experiences of creation, parenthood, spiritualism, life seasons, death, and the afterlife.

Images: Dance Me to the End of Love,  installation view. Shepparton Art Museum, 2023. Photo by Leon Schoots

Artists:  Janet Beckhouse, Sarah Boehme, Peter Booth, Godwin Bradbeer, Penny Byrne, Katthy Cavaliere, Yvonne Cohen, Julie Dowling, Dulcie Enalanga, Ida Enalanga, Irene Entata, Janet Fieldhouse, Mark Galea, Norah Gurdon, Stanislav Halpern, Brent Harris and John Loane, Noreen Hudson, Judith Inkamala, Sam Jinks, Esther Kennedy, David Larwill, Elizabeth Moketarinja, Hedwig Moketarinja, Elaine Namatjira, Nell, Ann Newmarch, Trevor Nickolls, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Kathleen Petyarre, Hugh Ramsay, Carol Rontji, Virginia Rontji, Judi Singleton, Sally Smart, Long Tom Tjapanangka, Angela Valamanesh, Hossein Valamanesh, and Maggie Watson. 

Curators: Jessica O'Farrell, Shelley McSpedden

Location: Lin Onus Gallery, Level 1


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SAM Deep Dives with The University of Melbourne

Shepparton Art Museum has presented new  series of talks and conversation, SAM Deep Dives with the University of Melbourne from September to November 2023.

September 2023: The Dance Between Art and Science with Michael Arnold

In this hour lecture, Michael Arnold of University of Melbourne's DeathTech team delves into the intersectionality of art and science whilst reflecting on the themes and works in SAM exhibition Dance Me to the End of Love.

Exploring the academic research of DeathTech into death, technology and society and its inclusion of art, Arnold reflects on the relationship between art and reality.

This lecture is the first in the Deep Dive series – a three-part lecture series hosted by SAM in partnership with the University of Melbourne.

Michael Arnold is a Professor in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne. His ongoing research lies at the intersection of technologies and our society and culture, focusing more recently on technologies in the context of memorialisation, commemoration and the final disposition of the human body.

Content warning: this video contains graphic footage of a surgical procedure (timestamp 31.38-34.29)

Sam Jinks, Woman and Child, 2010. Shepparton Art Museum Collection, purchased with the assistance of the public and Greater Shepparton City Council, 2011. © the artist