EVERYBODY understands the importance that water has to any community and with two major waterways meeting at the heart of Shepparton, our community relies heavily on it. This is the focus of the latest exhibition at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), ‘Freshwater,’ which is set to open on Saturday, April 1.
Running until Sunday, June 4, Freshwater considers how water reflects ecological, cultural, political and economic realities. Through the works of over 20 Australian artists and artist collectives, alongside historic works drawn from the SAM Collection, Freshwater highlights how water remains central to identity, and to how and where we live.
Issues range from ecological concerns about rising salinity, plant and animal environments, refuse and waste, to the inevitable contest around sustainable balances between environmental and agricultural needs. Rivers and waterways also have cultural and historical significance as they sustain work and life and remind us of stories that stretch across time and place.
Freshwater artists include Ian Abdulla, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Louis Buvelot, Vera Cooper, Nici Cumpston, Bonita Ely, Jackie Giles Tjapaltjarri, Eugene von Guerard, Brent Harris, Andrew Hazewinkel, Lyndal Jones, Rosemary Laing, Sir John Longstaff, James Morrison, Albert Namatjira, Rosie Nanyuma, Tom Nicholson, Lin Onus, Jill Orr, Tiger Palpatja, John Skinner Prout, Sally Ross, The Telepathy Project, Gloria Thanacoupie, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, Fred Williams, Wintijya Napaljarri, John Wolseley and more.
SAM director, Dr Rebecca Coats said, “This is a must see Shepparton show. Too much water, not enough water; these are the opening remarks for many a conversation around Australia.”