By Lana Guineay
The state is set to come alive with art this month – as the community-based South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with one of the biggest programs yet.
A record-breaking 6282 artists in 660 free exhibitions will be held across the state over 31 huge days.
Covering all forms of visual art from painting, sculpture and jewellery to video, multimedia and more, the 20th SALA Festival is only a celebration of a thriving arts community – it’s a chance to support local artists and find that perfect work for your own home.
We’ve chosen just five events from the art-packed 2017 program:
1. SALA Parlour
Noticed a shipping container on the lawns of the SA Museum? No it hasn’t always been there. Welcome to the festival’s newest public art venue, with pop-up exhibitions, live demonstrations and kid’s activities. Open every day in August excluding Mondays, this is art with all the extras, and a perfect way to kick off your SALA state of mind.
Photographer Che Chorley spent six months on a solo adventure capturing South Australia’s entire coastline from his bike. The results? An intimate portrait of the SA coast and its people, which are featured in a new book and exhibition. With 23 works, including five collaborative pieces with artists he met on his journey, a soundscape and video work, it’s an immersive and unmissable local experience.
Like your art in food form? Get a serving of culture in this series of immersive art dinner experiences at The Propaganda Club and The Henry Austin, curated by smash hit sold-out stars of the Adelaide Fringe, Post Dining. We won’t give too much away, but expect a truly unique culinary night of food, performance and art.
4. FRAN Fest
In 1977 Adelaide was host to “The Women’s Show”, one of the largest Australia-wide exhibitions of women’s art. During this year’s SALA the Feminism Renewal Art Network (FRAN) will mark the 40 year milestone with FRAN Fest, a statewide program of exhibitions, talks and more highlighting the work of South Australian women artists, including Sera Waters.
Walk, cycle or drive your way through SALA with more than 25 art tours across the state. With baby friendly tours, dog friendly tours, and pub crawls where participants can draw under the influence – there’s one for almost everyone.
View the whole SALA 2017 program here.