Adelaide-girl relocated to Melbourne. Healthy obsession with live music, film and performance, whiskey, wine and gin, Mexican food, brunch.
The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival has been running since 1998 and is an important part of the arts industry in SA. It's the largest visual arts festival in the nation and is open to every artistic medium you can imagine, showcasing visual artists from across the state.
The great thing about it is that entry is free at every SALA exhibition and venue. So you can get your fill of photography, metal works, performance, drawing, sculpture, multimedia and so much more, without touching the bank (perfectly timed, as most accounts are near empty following the mid-year clearance sales).
SALA is all about supporting and promoting community artists, and being inclusive of the immensely talented and diverse people of our state - from the amateur to the established. Each year is different from the next, with an extensive program that meets all tastes. There's even a range of workshops, forums and artist talks available at no cost too.
Love art? If your answer is yes, make sure to check out the innovative exhibitions and support our local artists. SALA has venues scattered all across the state, from the CBD to Port Adelaide to Yorke Peninsula. No matter where you live or work, you won't be far from a visual arts feast.
The 2011 SALA festival runs from the 5th to 28th August (although some exhibitions do open during July). You can check out the full program online or pick up a copy from cafes and art venues around Adelaide.
And if you like what you see, make sure to check out the SALA on Sale event on Sunday 28th August where nearly 300 works of art will be available to buy in a SALA extravaganza on King William Road, Hyde Park.