SAM Open 2024: Remnants, memories, and objects

SAM Open 2024: Remnants, memories, and objects

SAM Open is an open-call group exhibition for creatives aged 26 years and over who live and work in the Goulburn Valley and Hume regions. Artists in the region are invited to submit an original artwork responding to a set theme in their preferred medium.

Presented annually in the Hugh D.T. Williamson Community Gallery, SAM Open celebrates and showcases the creativity of our artistic community. The opportunity brings increased awareness of local practitioners to audiences and presents their work in dialogue with exhibitions by nationally recognised Australian artists.

The theme of SAM Open 2024 is remnants, memories, and objects.

About the theme:

Open to broad artistic interpretation, the theme of remnants, memories and objects invites artists to share artworks that explore items or moments that make up their story.

From poetry to painting, photography to sculpture, artists can use their creative practice to immortalise, reinterpret or create an entirely new keepsake or memento, or imagine what might remain of them in the future.

Artworks of all mediums are welcome - please refer to the SAM Open Guidelines under the 'Key Downloads' section for details on accepted materials and artwork specifications.

  • Submissions open: 15 April 2024
  • Submissions close: 17 June 2024
  • Confirmation of inclusion in exhibition from SAM: early July 2024 
    Artwork delivery: Friday, 9 August 2024 
  • Exhibition dates: 17 August – 17 November 2024
  • Applicants must live, work or study within Greater Shepparton, Alpine, Benalla, Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Indigo, Mansfield, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, and Wodonga.
  • Applicants must be 26 years of age or older at the time of applying.
  • Applicants cannot be full time employees and immediate family members of Shepparton Art Museum, SAM Ltd Board, and SAM Foundation Board and their advisory committees.
  • Applicants must submit original work.
  • Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria requirements will not be considered.
  • Applications must be submitted online via the submission portal.  
  • Applications are reviewed by the SAM Curatorial team. All efforts will be made to include all artworks submitted in the exhibition; however, final selection of artworks will be based on the need to mount a cohesive exhibition that fits the space and displays the submitted artwork favourably. 
  • Artists will be notified of the outcome of their submission by early July 2024.

The SAM Open application fee is $25.00

Friends of SAM are eligible for a 10% discount on application fee.  

To receive your discount, please enter the Friends of SAM discount code when processing your payment online. This discount code will be sent to all active members of Friends of SAM. 

Entry does not include membership to the Friends of SAM.  

Featured image: SSAM Open 2023: Home, installation view, Shepparton Art Museum, 2023. Photo: Leon Schoots