Learning partnership between Shepparton Art Museum and the University established

April 17 / 192

Professor Marcia Langton, Dr Rebecca Coates, Belinda Briggs, and Mary Robb. Photo: Diana Spriggs.
Professor Marcia Langton, Dr Rebecca Coates, Belinda Briggs, and Mary Robb. Photo: Diana Spriggs.

A new Learning Partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) will support the development of significant Indigenous initiatives and activities, embed teaching and learning opportunities for staff and students and establish a platform for collaborative, interdisciplinary cultural impact research.

SAM’s commitment to education spans all ages and education levels, and it is dedicated to the development of educational programs for primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Staff and students at tertiary level will have access to SAM’s collection and research, encouraging professional development opportunities as well as the opportunity to deeply engage with SAM’s collection and broader research.

SAM Curatorial Assistant Indigenous, Belinda Briggs, will work with the local Indigenous community and Kaiela Arts in partnership with the University on the co-design of the Museum's Indigenous inclusion program, along with the development of an Indigenous pathways initiative.

The new Art Museum will include a purpose built art museum space, Kaiela Arts and the Greater Shepparton Visitor Information Centre will be co-located in the new building, and the new SAM will be a place for learning, enjoyment, meeting and great art.

Director of SAM Dr Rebecca Coates said she was delighted to be partnering with the University on this project.

"This is an exciting partnership that will enable us to continue to develop our work around teaching and learning, and build Indigenous inclusivity."

Australian and Indigenous Studies Expert from the University of Melbourne, Professor Marcia Langton said it was her "very great pleasure" to announce the partnership as part of the University's broader commitment to the Goulburn Valley.

'In the first twelve months, we will collaborate on a range of research, teaching and learning activities, establishing a platform across disciplines for Cultural Impact Research. We hope this will come about in different ways, including through an Indigenous Inclusion Program, developed with the museum and Yorta Yorta people. There's so much potential for this partnership, and I'm so honoured to announce it on behalf of the University."

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