SAM exhibition has political bent

By Tara Whitsed

Packed with colour and texture, Shepparton Art Museum’s Craftivism exhibition will open to the public tomorrow evening.

Run in partnership with National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria, the collaborative, playful and immersive exhibition features craft-based materials with political intent.

The works are a collection by 18 contemporary Australian artists and artist collectives including Catherine Bell, Karen Black, Penny Byrne, Erub Arts, Debris Facility, Starlie Geikie, Michelle Hamer, Kate Just, Deborah Kelly, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Raquel Ormella, Kate Rohde, Slow Art Collective, Tai Snaith, Hiromi Tango, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman and Paul Yore.

The show was curated in a joint effort by SAM curator Anna Briers, director Dr Rebecca Coates, and SAM curator Lara Merrington who joined the project recently.

‘‘Craftivism reveals the myriad ways that these artists challenge our perceptions of craft materials and approaches within a contemporary context, inviting viewers to rethink craft in a new light,’’ Ms Briers said.

Featuring an exciting interactive piece Archiloom by the Slow Art Collective, the exhibition will also incorporate workshops using this piece next year.

Artists Penny Byrne, Kate Just and Paul Yore will conduct an informal discussion about their works from 5pm to 6pm followed by the official opening from 6pm to 8pm at SAM, Welsford St, Shepparton. Entry is free, but bookings are essential.

For more information on the exhibition see Saturday’s edition of Weekend Life.