Enjoy a speed date at SAM

June 19, 2017

SAM cultural development public programs officer Feyza Yazar and GV Pride's Damien Stevens are looking forward to the SAM Out Late - Speed Dating event.

For some the words speed dating and ceramics may conjure up images of Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore locked in that iconic pottery wheel scene from Ghost.

But the mixer and mingler — Speed Dating at the Shepparton Art Museum — will probably not be quite like the iconic film that made ghosts appear sexy.

For one thing, there will be no ghosts but there will be plenty to nibble on while enjoying a glass of wine, some craft and the chance to meet new people.

SAM cultural development public programs officer Feyza Yazar said Speed Dating at SAM was part of the museum’s Out Late programming for adults.

The event sees SAM partner with Goulburn Valley Pride for the first time.

‘‘It’s more of a mix and mingler,’’ Ms Yazar said.

‘‘It’s more an opportunity for people to meet one another in a social context and having something to do with your hands centres the conversation around something else and it just adds a bit of fun.’’

During the evening people will get the chance to relax and play with some clay and take part in other craft-based activities.

GV Pride’s Damien Stevens said it was great to be partnering up with SAM to deliver the event.

‘‘We have lots of people in the LGBTI community who are artists who are looking for another outlet, something to get involved in,’’ Mr Stevens said. ‘‘GV Pride’s always done social events like brunches and movies and walks, but this is something really creative.

‘‘We love that SAM is growing and this is a great way for us to engage with it and this speed friending will be a fun evening and we encourage everyone to come.

Ms Yazar said another great thing about the event was you did not need to be artistically gifted.

‘‘It’s not a class, it’s not a workshop it really is just an opportunity to mix and mingle and have some fun and maybe try something you haven’t before... it’s really not about skill,’’ she said.

SAM Out Late — Speed Dating at SAM will be held on Thursday at Shepparton Art Museum, 70 Welsford St, Shepparton, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

The event is free, but people must register through

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