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SALA Festival 2018

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Go for a day or a week to see the best of our new artworks
SALA stands for South Australian Living Artists. It is a fabulous annual festival held every year and 2018 is the 21st year. And if you have never been, you don't know what you are missing - so grab your coat and go out and go try something different. It's all new work exhibited every year.

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An emerging artist setting up her exhibit at the Hawke Centre in Adelaide. Image by Kat May.


Held in winter over the month of August, it is the perfect time to rug up and head out to venues all over Adelaide. You can also visit many regional areas to see some sensational artworks at galleries, wineries and community spaces. All regional areas are covered including Fleurieu, Barossa, Clare, Flinders, Riverland and Kangaroo Island. I have met people viewing art that make a week of it touring around and having a holiday while viewing art and trying new local cafes. What a fabulous idea, even if just for a weekend escape.

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The much anticipated SALA program is now out.


This festival celebrates the work of today's artists. It is an opportunity for the public to be made aware of their work and to snap up some superb artwork for their home or your place of business. Artists are listed in the program as established or emerging. This year is the biggest SALA ever staged, with work from over 9,000 artists, making this art show unique in the world.

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Grab a paper program at galleries, libraries or tourism centres. Image by Kat May


You may like to follow the same artists every year to see what they are working on now or catch an exhibit of some of the new innovative work of the emerging or community-based artists. The program is laid out in council zones but don't limit yourself to those close to where you live.

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Enjoy the world's biggest art event here at home. Image by Kat May


Whatever you go out to see, you are in for a treat and you will be seeing the best art in South Australia for free. Where to go is a big decision as there is so much on, so it is good the program runs over one month. The program is available online online here or I find it easier to get a big marker pen and go through the paper program and mark your selections.

If you need some help with your planning pop into the SALA Parlour and information centre on the front lawns on the SA Museum on North Tce. There are also many tours you can join including art after dark and art walks with your dog and baby. There is even a date night tour. You can find all this on the website program.

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Some artists are available to chat to you about their work or their art group. Meet them on the Open Studios Weekend of the 11th and 12th. This lovely artist is one of the talented people down Port Adelaide way. Image by Kat May.


A fun family friendly event; Sunday Sessions is being held at Carclew in North Adelaide. There will be hands-on art experiences for kids between 11am to 3pm every Sunday in August. Another event is the Open Studios weekend on the 11th and 12th where you can meet the artists and see them at work.

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Family event at Carclew Sunday Sessions will be popular. Image by Kat May.


Another first for this year is most of the artworks are for sale online via the online gallery, Blue Thumb . You can view the art for sale here, but nothing beats seeing the art in person. Do enjoy our State's special month of art and the many special events on offer. And consider purchasing a unique piece of artwork to support our talented artists.

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You will find everything on at the SALA festival, from local community art to big name artists of our times and some invited international artists. Image by Kat May.
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Why? Fabulous art to view for free
When: Check program for venue opening hours.
Where: Many city, suburban and regional venues
Cost: Most venues are free entry. Fees apply for walking tours and events.
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