Past Exhibitions and Events

2017 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award
Saturday 17 June 2017 - Sunday 13 August 2017
Drawing Wall #27: Bundit Puanthong
Saturday 3 June 2017 - Wednesday 2 August 2017

Bundit Puangthong is a contemporary Thai artist based in Melbourne who immigrated to Australia in 2000. His enigmatic paintings fuse Buddhist mythology with a graffiti art style, resulting in vibrant and frenzied compositions.

Borrowing from an array of disparate sources, Bundit weaves religious iconography with personal narratives and pop cultural symbols. His resulting works have a stream of consciousness effect that merges together cultures, histories and the painterly traditions of the temple and the street. Using an intuitive approach that embraces chance and precision, Bundit’s works often strike a balance between expressive painterly gestures and carefully controlled illustrations.

Drawing Wall #27 combines Thai mythology with Shepparton’s history of migration. The scene depicts a traditional Thai epic, The Ramayana, which features the character of Hanuman, a supernatural and immortal monkey who was also the leader of an army. In the story, Hanuman made his body into a bridge (signified by his fish-like scales) that allowed his army to cross a great ocean to another land. As an Australian artist from a migrant background, Puangthong uses the analogy of the magical Hanuman to open up conversations around re-settlement and place.

Bundit Puangthong holds a Bachelor of Arts in printmaking from Chaing Mai University, Thailand (1995); a Masters of Visual Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2005). Select group exhibitions include Finalist, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria (2017 and 2011); Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane (2015); Melbourne Art Fair, Edwina Corlette Gallery (2014); Finalist Group Exhibition, Sovereign Art Prize, Hong Kong (2008). Solo exhibitions include Reliving, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane (2016); Full Circle, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne (2015); Heaven Nine, Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney (2014); Bundit Puangthong, Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne (2009). He has exhibited widely throughout Australia and Asia, and his work is held in public and private collections. Bundit Puangthong is represented by Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane; and Olsen gallery, Sydney.

Image: Bundit Puanthong, Takeaway Dove 2016, acrylic and spray paint on linen 168 x 170cm, courtesy and © Bundit Puangthong and Olsen Gallery


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Showcase #14: Ulrica Trulsson
Saturday 6 May 2017 - Sunday 30 July 2017

Swedish-born ceramicist Ulrica Trulsson is known for the restrained minimalist quality of her domestic ware, visible in this series of stoneware vessels, vases and canisters.

There is an apparent simplicity to her work, underpinned by an inherent attention to detail that looks effortless. Wheel thrown forms are carefully crafted, characterised by refined structural elements and subdued glazes and textures. In many respects, these works are an ode to the tenets of the Arts and Crafts movement (1880-1910) with its celebration of materials.

Configured into groupings, Trulsson’s vessels are as much informed by their formal qualities and surface details as they are by the negative space which they occupy and their relationship to each other. Aspects such as light and shadow, presence and absence are of equal value.

Trulsson has exhibited across Australia, with a solo exhibition profiling her work at Sabbia Gallery, Sydney. She currently has a studio at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design and is based in Adelaide.

Follow Ulrica on Instagram: @ulricatrulsson

2017 presents exhibitions of new work by contemporary ceramicists in the glass display cabinet of SAM’s entry. Curated in partnership with Bree Claffey of Melbourne-based gallery and retailer Mr Kitly, Showcase is a unique opportunity for collectors and craft lovers to acquire work from established and emerging contemporary artists, as all pieces are available for purchase at the SAM shop.

Image: Ulrica Trulsson, stoneware, porcellaneous stoneware, matte, satin white & clear glaze; tallest height 40.5cm, 2017. Photography by Michael Haines.

Saturday 1 April 2017 - Sunday 4 June 2017

FRESHWATER considers how water reflects ecological, cultural, political and economic realities. Through the works of over 20 Australian artists and artist collectives, alongside historic works drawn from the SAM Collection, FRESHWATER highlights how water remains central to identity, and to how and where we live.

Issues range from ecological concerns about rising salinity, plant and animal environments, refuse and waste, to the inevitable contest around sustainable balances between environmental and agricultural needs. Rivers and waterways also have cultural and historical significance as they sustain work and life and remind us of stories that stretch across time and place.

Two major waterways meet at the heart of Shepparton: The Goulburn River (or Kaiela River as local Aboriginal people refer to it); and the Broken River. The Goulburn River then runs from Shepparton through to Echuca, where it joins the Murray River. This region is rich and fertile, sustaining economies and agricultural practices from cattle and dairy, to the orchards for which Shepparton is known.

FRESHWATER artists include: Ian Abdulla, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Louis Buvelot, Vera Cooper, Nici Cumpston, Bonita Ely, Jackie Giles Tjapaltjarri, Eugene von Guerard, Brent Harris, Andrew Hazewinkel, Jonathan Jones and Tom Nicholson, Rosemary Laing, Sir John Longstaff, James Morrison, Albert Namatjira, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa, Rosie Nanyuma, Wintijya Napaljarri, Lin Onus, Jill Orr, Tiger Palpatja, Eva Ponting, John Skinner Prout, Sally Ross, The Telepathy Project, Gloria Thanacoupie, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, Fred Williams, and John Wolseley.

Official Exhibition Opening: Friday 31 March, 5.30 to 7.30pm, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton.
Acknowledgement to Country: Belinda Briggs, SAM Curatorial Assistant, Visual Arts Residency
Opening remarks: Peter Quinn, Managing Director, Goulburn Valley Water & Chair, SAM Foundation

Special event: The Telepathy Project, A Meeting of Waters. Sat 27 May at Historic GV Water Tower, Welsford St, Shepparton. Begins 4pm sharp, runs until 5.30pm. Book here.

Exhibition runs Saturday 1 April - Sunday June 4

Curator: Dr Rebecca Coates Curatorial associates: Anna Briers, Belinda Briggs

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that the exhibition may contain images and voices of people who have since passed away.

FRESHWATER is part of CLIMATE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 - a festival of exhibitions and events harnessing the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.

Image: Andrew Hazewinkel, Domus_Sub/merge, 2006 - 2009, 2 of 16 paired archival pigment prints on paper, overall dimensions 144 x 210, b/w images Ashby, Bulwer, Mackey collections, Photo Archive, British School at Rome, Courtesy of the Ricardo de Souza and Terry Harding Collection © the artist
Drawing Wall #26: James Tylor
Sunday 26 February 2017 - Wednesday 24 May 2017

James Tylor has a multicultural heritage comprised of Nunga (Kaurna), Maori (Te Arawa) and European ancestry. Through this lens his work focusses on representations of cultural identity, as well as the weight of the Australian colonial legacy on the present day.

As a photographer, Tylor is known for embracing both experimental and historical processes that span analogue and digital. He employs a medium traditionally used to document Indigenous people in the 19th Century as a means to re-write historical omissions, or reclaim representations of history. Contrary to the idea of the ‘untouched’ landscape (terra nullius), this series of posters address the social erasure that occurred during the European settlement of Australia.

“(Erased Scenes) from an Untouched Landscape (2013-14) highlights the present day absence of Indigenous culture within the Australian landscape and how this phenomenon is a direct result of the impact of European colonisation. The first European colonists forced the local Indigenous people off their traditional lands and into small Christian missions and government reserves. This allowed the new arrivals free access to clear the land for settlements, forestry and agriculture etc. This clearing of the landscape resulted in the removal of Indigenous cultural artifacts and our identity from the Australian landscape.” (JT)

Image: James Tylor, (Erased scenes) From an untouched landscape #4, 2014, inkjet print on hahnemuhle paper with hole removed to a black velvet void, Edition of 5, 50 x 50cm © the artist


Showcase #13 - Leah Jackson's Combinations
Saturday 4 February 2017 - Sunday 30 April 2017

Combinations is an exploration in porcelain domestic ware by Leah Jackson that expands upon her existing range of brightly coloured tableware. Pushing her medium in a new, more ambitiously scaled direction, Jackson has created a group of modular vessels; stacks of geometric shapes that combine into dynamic feature vases and other objects. Initiated by the endless-seeming design possibilities of form and colour in her daily studio practice, Combinations embraces the more sculptural potential of the domestic interior space, and the objects used within it.

Artist Bio:

Leah Jackson is a Melbourne based ceramicist, with a practice that encompasses both the functional and the sculptural. The domestic space is a continuing influence in her work. Jackson completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) with a major in Ceramics at the ANU School of Art in 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include: Interiors, Mr Kitly Gallery, Melbourne; An Epic Romance, Craft, Melbourne. Select recent group exhibitions include: Aesthetics Room, curated by Kim Brockett at Mr Kitly Gallery, Melbourne; Chinatown: the sequel, curated by Liv Barrett at ltd los angeles, Los Angeles; and Rock Solid, curated by Meredith Turnbull at Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne.


2017 presents exhibitions of new work by contemporary ceramicists in the glass display cabinet of SAM’s entry. Curated in partnership with Bree Claffey of Melbourne based gallery and retailer Mr Kitly, Showcase is a unique opportunity for collectors and craft lovers to acquire work from established and emerging contemporary artists, as all pieces are available for purchase at the SAM shop.


Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg Featuring Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015
Saturday 28 January 2017 - Sunday 19 March 2017

At SAM from January 28 to March 19 2017 Official opening 4 February, 4 to 6pm. Opening remarks by Professor Charles Green, Art History, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne.

SAM is delighted to present the collaborative work of Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg in the exhibition Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 developed by Artspace, Sydney and touring nationally in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Alongside the eight montage films, SAM will also present Moffatt’s First Jobs Series, (2008). Moffatt collected the series of 12 photographs which relate directly to past jobs she has held. Digitally inserting her likeness into these photographs Moffatt reflects on her past jobs from working in a pineapple cannery to a fresh fruit grocer, evoking a sense of nostalgia that we can all relate to.

Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 presents eight montage films that reflect on cinema and the cinematic form, offering unprecedented insight into the stereotypes that populate our collective cultural imagination. Using an extensive collection of iconic Hollywood films, telemovies and arthouse cinema, Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 invents new fictions and plays with narrative and character conventions to create highly charged compositions on themes such as love, art, revolution and destruction.

Tracey Moffatt is regarded internationally as one of the most important Australian artists of our time, and in 2017 will become the first Australian Indigenous artist to present a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Gary Hillberg has been a long-time collaborator of Moffatt’s and also has an independent practice as an experimental filmmaker and music video producer. 

Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg. Featuring Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 will be showing at SAM from January 28 to March 19 2017, with Shepparton being the only Victorian location for the touring show.

SAM presents Montages: The Full Cut, 1999-2015, an exhibition developed by Artspace and toured nationally in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW, alongside key works by Tracey Moffatt.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 28 January to Sunday 19 March 2017
Official Opening: Saturday 4 February 2017, 4 to 6pm. All welcome - Please RSVP to (03) 5832 9861 or email


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Image Credit: Tracey Moffatt & Gary Hillberg, Love (still), 2003, 21 minutes, looped video, sound, Courtesy the artist, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York.

Some of the Things I Like
Friday 16 December 2016 - Sunday 19 March 2017

Nell's Wunderkammer. Showing until Sunday 19 March, 2017

In this site specific installation, Nell has created a Wunderkammer or ‘cabinet of curiosities’ using ceramics and other treasures from the SAM Collection, supplemented with her own artworks and objects from her personal collection gifted from friends and colleagues. In Renaissance Europe, The Wunderkammer was an encyclopedic collection of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined. Traditionally these objects ranged from natural history specimens to geology, ethnography, religious or historical relics, works of art or antiquities. This array of specimens from all corners of the globe were considered to reflect Europe’s imperial force, alleged dominion over nature and supposed cultural superiority.

Nell subverts this museological tradition. The artist is known for her varied artistic vocabulary that spans media from painting and installation through to ceramics, video and performance. While her use of media is diverse, her artistic concerns or ‘Nellness’ is quite singular. Uncanny groupings are created and juxtaposed against neons and the artist’s text based wallpaper, which speaks of classification systems. She builds thematic connections and resonances between the museum’s collecting history and her own obsessions and interests. Nell has called this cabinet Some of the Things I Like. Also though, it’s an open ended proposition to the viewer to form their own connections and narratives through the objects on display.

 Numerous themes prevail around Australiana, typography, the sacred and the profane. Life, death, rebirth and spiritual consciousness are expressed through icons, artifacts, and egg-like forms. A plaster cast Jesus gazes down at a crown of thorns comprised of guitar strings and red beads that resemble the blood of Christ. Indigenous narratives are espoused through works by the Hermannsburg and Ernabella Potters with motifs that reveal a spiritual connection to Country. Totemic sculptures, ghost forms and tree spirit references proliferate, made by artists such as Jenny Orchard and Kaye Poulton. The Hindu Elephant Goddess Ganesha dialogues with a ceramic vessel that conveys a narrative around the ‘original sin’. Anthropometric faces evoke guardian spirits and the protective Eye of Horus looks on. Themes of Australiana and early settlement are also apparent through slip cast native animals such as frogs by Bendigo Pottery (c.1940) and kookaburras by Darbyshire (c.1950). Teapots in the shape of Flinders St Station (1984) collide with earthenware koala umbrella stands (1930). Honey ants and budgerigars are conveyed in vessels by the Hermannsburg potters. Ginger jars and a rice container by unknown Chinese ceramicists reveal domestic imperatives during the early Gold Rush settlements in Ballarat.

The Wunderkammer is known as the theatre of the world. As a precursor to museums, its systems and classifications were created as a way to frame and understand our universe. Through the intention of the artist the proverbial card deck is reshuffled – producing new ways to view the SAM Collection for its 80th year anniversary.

IMAGE: NELL, Some of the Things I Like, 2016, mixed media installation, dimensions variable, Shepparton Art Museum

SAM Local. VCE Art and Studio Arts Exhibition
Saturday 10 December 2016 - Saturday 14 January 2017

This exhibition celebrates the achievements of students from Year 11 and Year 12 VCE Art and Studio Arts in the Goulburn Valley region.

The exhibition features selected artworks that demonstrate a variety of approaches, with high level skills in relation to the exploration of subject matter, use of medium and experimentation.

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017

2016 People’s Choice Award winners Q&A

Name: Annalise Foott
School: Goulburn Valley Grammar
Subject: Year 12 VCE Studio Arts
Work: Distortion, 2016, digital type C photograph, 150 x 100cm

How did you come up with the ideas around your work?
Originally, I wanted to weave two photos together to represent, how as humans, we can experience more than one emotion at a time. However by weaving, part of the image was lost. So I did some research and came up with the idea of having the two sides/angles of the artwork. I felt this style more closely represents how I wanted to express the changing emotions and changing how we view other people uncovers different sides of them. 

What message do you hope people will get from your work?
The message I hope the audience uncovers is that you never fully understand someone until you change your perspective of them. Try and see the different sides of them and try to understand them for who they are, rather than what they portray to the public because there is always two sides to someone. 

What do you plan to do next year?
Next year I am taking a gap year, continuing to dance, photograph the world around me and just enjoy being young. The hopefully studying Musical Theatre or Fine arts, still yet to decide! 

What advice would you give students about to start VCE Art / Studio Arts?
To Next year’s VCE folio students, I advise you to work hard from the very start. Don't waste time, because when it comes to crunch, it can be very very overwhelming. Work hard but enjoy it and don't be afraid to experiment because you never know what your creative minds will uncover. Best of luck to you all! 


Name: Abram Rasmussen
School: Shepparton Christian College
Subject: Year 12 VCE Studio Arts
Work: Vinduer, 2016, watercolour, ink and coloured pencil on paper, dimensions variable
Work: Facets, 2016, digital print on canvas, beanbag, sound, dimensions variable

Question 1: How did you come up with the ideas around your work?
The inspiration for this piece was my interest in music, I wanted to show how different art forms (in this case visual arts and music) could depict the same emotion but in a vastly different way. That’s how I came up with the idea for an installation piece where people can sit and enjoy the music that inspired the canvases they were looking at.
For this piece I wanted to show how emotion can be shown through even the smallest of things, so I decided to draw different eyes because they are such a small part of the human body but at the same time is one of the most expressive parts as well.

Question 2: What message do you hope people will get from your work?
This piece was derived from songs about love, during the creation process of this piece I had to think about the different aspects of love and how they looked to me and essentially what love was to me. What love towards people looked like, the love of a heavenly father, a father’s love for his child etc. So when people walk away from my piece I want them to walk away thinking about what love means to them and how it looks in their life.
For this piece I wanted to show how emotion could be shown through the smallest of things, and that includes people actions, the message I hope people will get is that everything you do no matter how small has an effect somewhere on someone.

Question 3: What do you plan to do next year?
Next year I will be studying Visual Arts in Bendigo.

Question 4: What advice would you give students about to start VCE Art / Studio Arts?
Don’t be discouraged when the idea that you have in your head at the beginning of the year changes. What I pictured my pieces looking like at the start of the year isn’t exactly how they ended up turning out, and that is totally fine, they got refined and changed a few times and it made them that much better. But don’t get down on yourself just because one idea you had didn’t work just refine, refine and refine some more to get your pieces where you want them to be.

Image: Annalise Foott with her work Distortion, 2016 and below Abram Rasmussen with his work Facests, 2016.

SAM Local. Spotlight
Saturday 10 December 2016 - Saturday 14 January 2017

Each year SAM goes local across December and January, spotlighting the practice of local artists with three exhibitions.

SAM Local Spotlight profiles the work of one artist with a solo exhibition. This initiative encourages, stimulate and promote local and regional cultural activities as part of SAM’s annual program, enabling artists to experience working in a professional museum context. Exhibitions are programmed up to six months in advance.

Shepparton Art Museum is pleased to announce the artist showcased in this December’s local spotlight exhibition is Echuca-based, Tarli Bird.

Artist Statement:

I’m excited about exhibiting at SAM with a project that combines my passions in life: sport and art. As an elite distance runner I’m always fascinated when people regard sport and art as being polar opposites. I find athletes and artists contain very similar attributes that I’m looking forward to highlighting in my exhibition.

I hope to break down the barrier between the sports field and art gallery through my exhibition and drawing into the gallery new viewers. My exhibition will have the heart rates of local runners after a running race transferred onto individual music metronomes which will communicate their internal body externally to be watched. The metronomes will continue to perform for the duration of the exhibition providing a visual and audio representation of how the bodies experienced the race. The viewers can determine for themselves which individual has pushed their body to the furthest limit.

Tarli is an artist and art teacher who works at Echuca College.


Instagram: @tarlibird

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017

Image: Tarli Bird, courtesy the artist.

SAM Local: Best of Friends
Saturday 10 December 2016 - Sunday 15 January 2017

Best of Friends showcases the strength, diversity and commitment of local artists in the Goulburn Valley region.

Each year the talents of the Friends of SAM Inc. are celebrated with a special group exhibition. Bringing together Friends who explore a range of thematic approaches, the exhibition features a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles and photography.

To be part of the show, download an application form here. You will need to become a Friend of SAM if you aren't already.

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017

Image: Maeve Hutchinson, Waiting, 2015, porcelain, © the artist 

Drawing Wall #25: Elizabeth Gower
Saturday 26 November 2016 - Sunday 12 February 2017

Elizabeth Gower is a mid career artist based in Melbourne. Since the 1970s, her practice has centered around the production of intricate collages from found materials. Drawing on the everyday, she creates formal works of beauty.

Each element in this constellation of circular forms has been created from the detritus of consumer culture. Gleaned from advertising catalogues, commercial products and junk mail, Gower has collected tea-bag labels, price tags, and other fragments that you might find in your letterbox or in the Supermarket aisle. This ephemeral material has been configured into a rhythmic and geometric composition that extends across the wall.

This piece is a reworking of 365 Rotations, that Gower conceived for the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now, 2013-14 and AC Institute, New York, 2014. For SAM’s Drawing Wall #25, Gower has intergrated advertising collateral from Shepparton based businesses such as SPC Ardmona and Campbell’s Soups, connecting her work to the regional food production industry.

Gower has held over 30 individual exhibitions in Australia and overseas, including shows at Cite Internationale des Arts Gallery, Paris, 2007; Arthouse, London, 1997; and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1991. She has participated in many major group exhibitions, including: Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002; Australian Perspecta, held at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, in 1997 and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, in 1985 and 1981; European Dialogue, 3rd Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales 1979. Her most recent group exhibitions include: Black elastic, two umbrellas, a mint leaf and wheels, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2011; and Cubism and Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2009. Gower’s work is held in many notable public collections both in Australia and internationally. She is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

The Drawing Wall is an ongoing series of commissioned, temporary, site specific wall based drawings or installations that enliven the foyer space of the Eastbank Centre, directly outside SAM. Drawing Wall projects often revolve around conversations and collaborations, and provide members of the public an opportunity to interact with the artists during installation.

Each year four artists are commissioned to produce new work across the 4 x 12m space.

Image: Elizabeth Gower, courtesy and © the artist.