SAM bursting with new exhibitions

INSPIRED BY HER HOME … Local Arcadia artist, Madeline Wright prepares for her exhibition at SAM. Photo: Steve Hutcheson

The next few months will see several new exhibitions taking shape at the Shepparton Art Museum.

Leading off will be the spotlight on expatriate Arcadia artist, Madeline Wright  who has a collection which she describes as ‘assemblages of Arcadia’ and will include object based works in metal, ceramics, glass and the materials of Arcadia and the Goulburn River in its objects, dusts and colours. The resulting still life composition of objects, memories and moments will be titled A Field Guide to Utopia. The exhibition will run from March 13 to May 3.

Now largely a resident of Melbourne where she has her workshop, Madeline returns to her parents home in Arcadia where she also works on her creative pieces.

Students, teachers and the Greater Shepparton community are invited to participate in the 2020 SAM eduLAB with artist, Nadia Hernández, proudly supported by La Trobe University Shepparton.

Hernández is an emerging artist originally from Merida, Venezuela and currently based between Melbourne and Sydney. Her art is informed specifically by the current political climate of her home country and her experience as a migrant woman living abroad. Articulated through textiles, paper constructions, painting, music, installations, sculptures and murals, her work negotiates complex political narratives through the personal, the institutional and their intersections.

These sessions will also run from March 13 to May 3.  For further information or to make a school booking, please contact SAM at [email protected]

In addition to these events, and back by popular demand,  SAM Local: Best of Friends is a chance for local makers and creatives to exhibit their work in the SAM galleries where artists can submit two artworks for display.

This exhibition is an open access exhibition showcasing the work of local artists in a wide range of mediums such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphics and textiles. The exhibition is run as part of the SAM Local program, which sees five exhibition spaces at SAM dedicated to highlighting artistic and creative practice within the Goulburn Valley.

“Many people have a secret creative talent and I encourage anyone with an interest to submit their work for the SAM Local: Best of Friends exhibition” enthuses SAM director, Rebecca Coates. “This exhibition shines a light on the varied and interesting work being created by our community and allows visitors to gain insight into our strong regional arts sector.”

The artwork submission fee is $30, or $20 concession, which includes an annual single membership to the Friends of SAM. Current Friends of SAM members may submit works for free.

Please register your intent to submit works via the SAM website.