One of our major projects – a new art museum for Shepparton, now has its public funding locked in and has started architectural design.

SMA prepared the Options analysis, Feasibility Study and Business Case for the new art museum.


With local and State government funding secured, in 2015, the Federal government now appears signed up to completing the funding required.

Commonwealth government Minister for Regional Development and Nationals Deputy Leader Senator Fiona Nash visited Shepparton on 14 June 2016 and announced $10 million would be provided towards the construction of a new art museum, if the Coalition was returned to government.

The Coalition has been returned and Shepparton Council is awaiting formal confirmation.

Greater Shepparton City Council is now inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced architects who are interested in developing concept designs for the proposed new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) on a site adjacent to Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton.

This is the first stage in a two-stage competition endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects.

Council is looking for a wide range of responses to the EOI and from the responses a seven person jury will select a shortlist of five. Shortlisted teams will be invited to develop a concept design for SAM in stage 2.

Each shortlisted team will be provided with a more detailed brief and will be paid an honorarium of $7,000 to assist with the development of the concept design. The winning entry will receive a prize of $10,000.

The competition will result in a commission to the successful entrant, who will be appointed to work with Greater Shepparton City Council and SAM stakeholders to further develop the design.

The design competition opens on Friday 29 July and closes at 4pm on 31 August.