Shepparton Art Museum reopens after refurbishment

The Shepparton ARt Museum (SAM) will reopen on Friday 17th February after a $1.98 million redevelopment. The Art Museum now features international standard climate control, state of the art LED lighting, six new upstairs galleries and a new public programs workshop.

SAM will reopen with two major new exhibitions. Sir John Longstaff: Portrait of a Lady (more info) will be a major exhibition of work by Shepparton’s most famous artist, and will feature paintings on loan from major public and private collections. The Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (more info) will showcase the best Indigenous ceramic artists working across Australia, from Echuca to the Torres Strait. In addition, the Art Museum’s permanent collection will be displayed on the first floor, which includes a special new ceramics gallery.

SAM will be officially reopened by The Hon. Simon Crean, MP on Friday 17 February from 7pm. There will also be a free Say hello to SAM community day held at SAM on Saturday 18 February from 10am, featuring tours, workshops and a live drawing performance by the internationally renowned artist Gosia Wlodarczak, details below.

Say Hello to SAM Launch Party 18th February 2012

The reopening will be celebrated with a Launch Party on 18 February, featuring free SAM tours, live music, children’s activities and much more:

  • Guided Art Passport tours on the hour from 10.30am
  • Curatorial floor talks on the hour from 11am
  • Workshops with artists Tina Lee, Vipoo Srivilasa and Jan Donaldson
  • Tours of the Little Treasures exhibition with Numurkah PS students
  • Wandering Puppet Theatre – Bringing Longstaff to Life!
  • Free face-painting
  • Free SAM show bags
  • One FM broadcasting live from 12.00pm to 3.00pm: Special reunion edition of The Adem & Tyler show

Workshops are free but places are limited to 8 children per workshop. Tickets are available from the SAM shop 30 mins prior to the workshop commencing. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Date: 18 Feb, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Venue: Shepparton Art Museum, 70 Welsford St Shepparton 3630

Cost: Free,

All enquiries contact the museum: (03) 5832 9861