The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival program was officially launched on Saturday, with a ground-breaking 9000 artists taking part in over 700 exhibitions and events across the state.
SALA, which runs from August 1 to 31, is an open access event that literally brings the colour, creativity and vision of the visual arts to our city streets, laneways, suburbs and country areas.
It not only soaks our surrounds in amazing art works, it also redefines our traditional ideas of art, artist and canvas.
Celebrating its 21st year, SALA is Australia’s biggest community-based visual arts festival that includes painting, sculpture, video, multimedia, photography, performance and so much more.
This inclusive, far-reaching scope of SALA is at the core of its importance and significance to all South Australians.
Exhibition spaces this year include a hairdressing salon, cemetery, a day surgery, bathroom supplies store, tattoo parlour as well as shops, cafes, pubs, wineries, restaurants and more.
See recycled items transformed into contemporary works created by older people participating in respite services in Adelaide's southern metro area in Art in the (Re) Cycle Lane.
Highlights of this year's festival include:
SALA Parlour: An interactive pop-up pop-in space for children and young people, come and contribute to an expanding colour installation. Special Sunday Sessions presented by Carclew’s Pom Pom with a stellar line up of young contemporary artists guiding activities for 3-12 year olds. Open every day in August (excluding Mondays).
Art at the airport: Adelaide Airport will take off with art as eight contemporary artists spread all over the terminal from July 18 to September 2.
The Governor’s Garden: Government House will become a SALA venue once again, with His Excellency the Governor Hieu Van Le inviting 16 sculptors including Greg Johns, Nicholas Uhlmann and Clancy Warner to exhibit their work in the gardens, with two special open days on Sunday, August 5 and Sunday, August 19.
Art after dark: SALA gets going when the sun goes down, bringing Adelaide's West End to life for one jam-packed night of exhibition openings, film screenings and “PechaKucha” - a fun event for creative people to share ideas. (Thursday August 9, 5pm to 9pm).
SALA forum day: A host of top practicing artists will lead a full day of discussion and debate at ACE Open in the Lion Arts Centre about the value of visual arts, now and in the future. (Saturday August 25, 11am to 4pm).
And don't miss the SALA Art Cars hitting Adelaide's streets during this year's festival.
The event will be officially opened Thursday, July 26 at an invitation-only gala at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
“This year’s program reflects the diversity and inclusivity of the SALA Festival. We are thrilled that 9000 people will showcase their unique concept of living art to the people of South Australia,” festival director Penny Griggs said.
“Art doesn’t have to hang on gallery walls or be hard to access. SALA proves that art is everywhere and everyone has the right to create and contribute. There really are no barriers,” she said.
More information about all SALA exhibitions and events can be found online at www.salafestival.com or by calling 8233 0676. All SALA events are free unless otherwise noted.