Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is one of regional Australia’s premier cultural institutions.
SAM presents an engaging program of exhibitions and events that are locally relevant and engage with global contemporary ideas. It features a range of temporary and visiting exhibitions alongside artist-led projects, and collection highlights. SAM is recognised for its significant collection of Australian ceramics, its Indigenous art collection, and a growing collection of contemporary work. SAM’s temporary exhibitions draw on these collection strengths, engaging audiences through a program designed to inspire, inform and engage through art.
From early 2021, SAM moves to a new, purpose-built architecturally designed, five-storey, 5,300 square metre building by Denton Corker Marshall. Alongside the new SAM, the building also houses Kaiela Arts, Shepparton’s Indigenous community Art Centre and studio, as well as the Greater Shepparton Visitor Information Centre. The new space offers visitors a curated creative precinct and community hub in Shepparton.
The building also features a cafe and event space, with a spectacular roof top viewing deck. The surrounding precinct includes an amphitheatre, Art Hill, a cultural garden, outdoor children play areas and entry into Victoria Lake Park.
SAM is an ideal community meeting place, providing the opportunity for the Greater Shepparton community and visitors to the region to connect with its Indigenous and multi-cultural heritage and interact through art, food, ideas, fun and shared experiences.
The Indigenous Ceramic Award is part of SAM’s series of biennial awards aimed at showcasing new and exciting developments in the field.
The $20,000 acquisitive prize contributes to the museum’s significant holdings of Indigenous ceramic art and provides cultural exchange opportunities for Indigenous artists from regional Victoria and around Australia.
The Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award is the premier Australian acquisitive ceramic art award, offering a total of $50,000 in prize money. The award celebrates and promotes contemporary Australian artists – both established and emerging – who work in the ceramic medium.