SAM has local focus

By Tara Whitsed

Artists and creative types are encouraged to connect with the Shepparton Art Museum ahead of its initiative to be from March 2 to April 7 next year.

The museum will host a range of exhibitions and activities where regional artists can become involved. These include SAM Local Spotlight, SAM Best of Friends, SAM Education Lab, SAM Showcase, and the SAM Drawing Wall.

SAM director Rebecca Coates said there were a number of ways to get involved.

She said solo artists could exhibit a body of work at SAM as part of the Local Spotlight call-out.

‘‘The call for entries is now open and local artists of all ages are encouraged to share their creativity and get involved,’’ she said.

‘‘SAM welcomes proposals from artists living in or originally from north central and north-east regional Victoria who maintain strong connections within these locations.’’

While those who felt slightly less confident about exhibiting their works could become a Friends of SAM member and show their art as part of the SAM Best of Friends show.

‘‘All Friends of SAM are encouraged to submit work. The exhibition’s purpose is to celebrate the creative practices of many local artists working in a range of media in the Goulburn Valley,’’ Ms Coates said.

‘‘It is a great way to see what other people are creating and to gain insights into the regional arts sector.’’

The regional focus will enable new SAM curator Lara Merrington to engage with local artists.

‘‘SAM Local Spotlight is an exciting, profile-raising opportunity for a regional artist,’’ she said.

‘‘The aim of the exhibition is to encourage, stimulate and promote local and regional cultural activities as part of SAM’s annual program.’’

Ms Coates also highlighted the SAM Education Lab initiative that was directed at students and schools, giving them the opportunity to work closely with a contemporary artist at SAM.

‘‘This is the second year of this program and SAM will present an evolving exhibition project led by a contemporary artist for all student levels,’’ she said.

‘‘This is a great way for teachers and students to get involved and get creative, using one of SAM’s gallery spaces to make and install work.’’

For more information on how to become the SAM Local Spotlight artist, visit SAM’s website. Submissions close on Friday, December 7, at 5pm. Artists can chat to SAM curator Lara Merrington about their proposal prior to submitting on 58328480. All applicants will be advised by December 17.