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The Stories Art Money (SAM) Database is an online artwork management system that enables the cataloguing of art works, documentation of artists and provides financial management for both artists and arts business.

What SAM can do

sam_artist_databaseSAM integrates with the finance function through MYOB, QuickBooks and Xero; provides stock management control, allows online purchases using PayPal and provides unique reporting flexibility.

SAM is an online database that caters for multiple users in any location with internet connection. This allows for staff to use SAM simultaneously as well as enable various security levels for different staff accessing the database. You can use the database offsite at market stalls, galleries and exhibitions for ease of sale transactions and production of certificate of authenticity.


SAM is owned by Desart Inc. It was developed with funding provided by the Office for the Arts – Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport in 2011.

sam_usageWho uses SAM?

SAM is used by 80 art centres nationally. Regions include remote and urban communities in NT, WA and SA; the communities and islands of Queensland, Torres Strait Islands; and the urban & regional communities of Victoria.

This graph shows the breakdown of where the art centres are located by state.


“I can’t live without SAM”.

– Vikki Burrows, Art Centre Manager, Bana Yirriji Art, QLD.

“I love SAM it makes my life so much simpler! I’m so happy with the new version, so user friendly and the reports are great for the artists and admin staff to follow what is happening. Buyers too appreciate the professional certificates and receipts….it’s all instant!”

– Lorri Williams, Bookkeeper for QLD Art Centres.

SAM Test site

Please try out SAM at the test site:

login: test1 test1
Password: welcome

Sales enquiries

For SAM sales enquiries, please contact:

Bronwyn Taylor
SAM Database Project Manager