The new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) building will be an outstanding example of exciting, best-practice contemporary museum architecture designed by one of Australia’s leading architects on a remarkable site in regional Victoria.
The SAM Building should help foster a strong sense of engagement, ownership and pride for visitors and local audiences alike. This is an opportunity to celebrate and enhance the rich and diverse Shepparton community, with a large multi-cultural mix and the largest Aboriginal community in Victoria outside state capitals.
SAM’s curatorial program engages with its local context, while exploring global contemporary ideas. The Museum is noted for its ceramic collection, which is one of the most significant in regional Australia. It also has notable collections of Indigenous art from around Australia, signature historic paintings by leading Australian artists, and a growing collection of contemporary art.
Kaiela Arts and the Shepparton Visitor Information Centre will be co-located on the site, either within the building or adjacent.
The Architectural Competition is a two part process, endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects. The first was an open Expression of Interest, which received 88 applications. An expert jury shortlisted five architectural firms to develop Concept Designs. The winning architect will be announced in April 2017.
The designs will be on exhibition from Monday 16 January to Sunday 5 February.
Members of the public are invited to comment on the designs during this exhibition period, and to give feedback on which Concept Design they think best fits the purpose. These comments will be taken into account by the Jury.
Denton Corker Marshall Pty Ltd
John Wardle Architects
Kerstin Thompson Architects
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