Visual art comes alive during the month of August with SALA — the South Australian Living Artists Festival, celebrating the work of emerging and established practitioners in all mediums from painting, sculpture and jewellery to video and multimedia installations.
Thousands of artists exhibit in hundreds of venues throughout metropolitan and regional SA as pubs, cafes to wineries, libraries and even florists are turned into pop-up art galleries for 31 days.
In its 19th year, the 2016 SALA Festival program is the biggest to date, with 630 free exhibitions and events featuring the works of 4699 artists across the state.
Some of Australia’s most established artists are represented in this year’s program, including last year’s Venice Biennale representative Fiona Hall, perennial Archibald Prize finalist Robert Hannaford, landscape artist David Dridan, Catherine Truman, Mambo artist and ceramist Gerry Wedd, photographer Trent Parke and 90-year-old painter and printmaker Franz Kempf.
The SALA Festival is not only a wonderful time to celebrate the state’s very best artists and connect with its beautiful gallery spaces, but also a time to discover fresh, emerging talent and new and unusual venues. You also might even find a piece of art that you’ll just have to take home with you. As well as exhibitions there are events including art tours, opening nights, open studios and live art experiences.
Full details of SALA exhibitions and events can be found at salafestival.com