SAM Education Lab 

31 Mar 2018 - 13 May 2018

SAM’s Education Lab will provide a diverse range of students and teachers (both primary and secondary) the opportunity to work directly with an artist and create an immersive installation within SAM’s exhibition spaces. Directed at school kids of all ages, SAM’s Education Lab will cater to a wide demographic. 

The Education Lab will be an evolving exhibition process that will see a range of schools and educational groups work with an artist to transform the gallery space on a weekly basis. Students' work will remain in the gallery space over six weeks, providing them with the opportunity to see their work displayed in the galleries in an open lab-style mode of display. 

Masato Takasaka will be the first practicing artist to take up residency in the Education Lab for six weeks from March 31 – May 13, 2018. 

Masato will be present and working in the gallery for two days a week for the duration of the SAM Local / Education Laboratory exhibition period. He is a Melbourne based contemporary visual artist, who likes to think about his studio practice in musical terms, describing his aesthetic as an iPod Shuffle on endless repeat: playing the greatest hits of 20th century avant-garde art, with references to Constructivism, Dada, Pop and Minimalism alongside the back catalogue of his own greatest hits. 

Primarily working with found objects and materials to construct his gallery-based installations, art and design history collide in Takasaka’s mini-cities. Described as “techno-contemporary”, the exuberant chaos of his sculptural practice involves a process of working and re-working everyday materials in inventive ways to make something new.

Masato’s artwork has featured in a range of museum exhibitions such as TarraWarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Museum of Art and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013), Roppongi Crossing 2013: OUT OF DOUBT, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2013), and Reinventing the Wheel: the Readymade Century, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2013).

Schools are encouraged to book their groups in early to participate in this exciting artmaking and exhibition opportunity. Contact SAM Visual Arts Educator, Catherine Read to discuss booking in your school to participate. 

Why a Lab?

After extensive consultation, SAM is shifting our education focus to an inclusive project that enables students to be involved in a curatorial process. The decision to move from a VCE focused exhibition to an Education Laboratory approach considered a number of key influencing factors: 

•    SAM now offers a range of specifically targeted VCE and senior secondary educational opportunities. The change in direction for our Education programming has seen a major re-focus on providing opportunities for senior secondary students to be involved with SAM, for instance the SAM Scholars program and VCE Exam preparation workshops are new additions to opportunities SAM provides for the senior secondary students in our region.
 
•    SAM Education wants to make this opportunity available to many students of all ages. This is an opportunity that is inclusive for primary school students, secondary school students and the broader educational community.

•    Working directly with an artist is inspiring and exciting. SAM Education wants to provide the opportunity for regional students to work directly with a practicing artist to experience and understand firsthand the artist’s studio processes and artistic practice.

•    SAM is Local and our SAM Local Friends exhibition will be exhibited alongside the Education Laboratory project. VCE students with exemplary work are encouraged to become a friend of SAM and exhibit their artwork in our Friends of SAM show. 

•    In response to New SAM’s Education and Community opportunities, which will include an Artist in Residence, further practical workshops and an education and community gallery space, an Education Laboratory project is the perfect opportunity to trial new ways of engaging with the community of students and educators within our region. 

For further enquires and bookings please email SAM Visual Art Educator, Catherine Read on catherine.read@shepparton.vic.gov.au.

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Image: ANOTHER PROPOSITIONAL MODEL FOR THE EVERYTHING ALWAYS ALREADYMADE WANNABE STUDIO MASATOTECTURES MUSEUM OF FOUND REFRACTIONS 1994-2016 (r)eternal return to productopia-almost everything all at once, twice three times (in four parts…TWMA BIENNIAL: ENDLESS CIRCULATION 2016 remix), 2016. Mixed media, foam-core, perspex sheet found objects , mdf composition board, light box. installation view Tarrawarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation. Photo: Andrew Curtis.