Sumary of Sorry, Sydney: Even outside Melbourne, Victoria is the cultural capital:
- Its soaring, 30-metre-high sculptural facade with an imposing metallic finish makes the Denton Corker Marshall-designed art museum one of the newest, most striking buildings in Australia.
- No, this powerful landmark rises not above a crowded skyline but from the bucolic Goulburn Valley plains in the regional city of Shepparton, with a population of about 50,000, two hours north of Melbourne and seven hours south of Sydney.
- Inside, the Shepparton Art Museum, or SAM for short, the most significant collection of historic and contemporary Australian ceramics in regional Australia sits beside an incredibly diverse congregation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait art with emphasis on the south-east of the country.
- Melbourne may be regarded as the nation’s cultural capital but nowadays it is surrounded by a formidable artistic rival: Victoria, the state as a whole with its tapestry of accessible regions, is itself awash with an expanding number of remarkable regional art galleries and museums, some of them architectural statements to rival any major city.
- From Mildura in the far north-west, to Morwell in the south-east, every one of Victoria’s 12 official regions are home to at least one noteworthy gallery or museum.
- As manufacturing has contracted, historic, often cavernous factories and warehouses have emptied with cultural tourism-minded regional communities finding ingenious ways to convert and use them for the cultivation of creativity.