80/80: Eighty Years of SAM, The Collection

This exhibition has been developed around a number of themes, including place, identity and ceramics. Works featured include colonial images from Shepparton’s own past, to contemporary artists’ responses to country and place. Explorations of identity similarly range from academy portraiture traditions John Longstaff and others, to more contemporary examinations of a culturally diverse country that is part of a globalized world. The exhibition also features key works from SAM’s marvelous ceramics collection.

80/80 enables us to showcase some of the significant works and delightful treasures in SAM’s now sizeable collection, and reveal some of the trends that have emerged over its 80 year history.

80 Years of the SAM Collection Celebration & Publication Launch, Sunday 5 March

SAM's Collection marks it's 80th year, and you’re invited to celebrate with us at the launch of our publication!

From 3.30pm, you’ll be greeted with a friendly welcome, and if you’re keen, a free fun pack to go on the 80/80 Trail. There’ll be prizes, an opportunity to purchase past exhibition catalogues, and balloons for those who love them!

3.30 to 4.30pm: Meet some of the SAM staff and Friends of SAM as they share thoughts on a favourite artwork in SAM’s permanent Collection. This will be very accessible for all ages, in particular, families.

Join us for artist and collection focus talks to include local Yorta Yorta artist Aunty Vera Cooper; and Dr Rebecca Coates, SAM Director with Associate Professor Alison Inglis in conversation on subjects including portraiture in the SAM Collection, and how to hang a good picture.

5.30 to 6.30pm: Celebrate 80 years of SAM’s Collection with the launch of our publication. Opening remarks by Associate Professor Alison Inglis, Art History, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne. Purchase the publication on launch day for the special price of $25 ($30 thereafter).

Please RSVP to this FREE event by Wednesday 1 March: (03) 5832 9861 or rsvp-sam@shepparton.vic.gov.au for catering purposes.

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Image: Richard Lewer, I wish I was as Lucky as You 2013 enamel on found school map 90 x 80 cm Collection Shepparton Art Museum, purchased 2013.