Science meets Art

The unique SAM EduLAB gave students in our region the opportunity to work directly with artist in residence, Heather Hesterman. To create their own creative installations focusing on the natural environment, and our attitudes towards it.

The Shepparton La Trobe campus proudly sponsored the unique Shepparton Arts Museum’s (SAM) 2019 EduLAB. Which gave a students in the region the opportunity to work directly with resident artist and landscape designer Heather Hesterman.

The SAM gallery spaces evolved and transformed into an environmental laboratory and wonderland over a 5-week period between 1 March and 7 April. The space provides students and educators with the opportunity to work directly with the artist and create their own immersive installation.

Heather Hesterman’s work focuses on the natural environment and our attitudes towards it, encouraging students to consider a more creative view when observing landscapes.

Head of Shepparton campus Elizabeth Capp said the opportunity was met with great enthusiasm.

“We were delighted to support this unique interactive arts program for young people in our region, and to watch the students’ creative works emerge and take shape. It also provided an opportunity to feature Professor Katie Holmes in a thought-provoking SAM Out Late! In Conversation community forum on environmental research and the way it affects our communities.”

“In addition, we are grateful for the work placement opportunities which have been created for our Shepparton students,” said Elizabeth.