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SALA Festival is an Opportunity to See and Buy South Australian Art Works


August is visual arts month in Adelaide and all the regions of South Australia, when the South Australian Living Arts Festival (SALA Festival) returns to create colour during our long wet winter.

Every year thousands of artists from Mount Gambier to Marree showcase Australian art in a series of free art exhibitions all about South Australia. The range of art works on offer is enormous, with many different classes of media including ceramics, furniture, painting and photography, street art and even a multimedia category.

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Last Year Vacant Space Showcased Street Art Works


But SALA Festival 2014 is just about standing around admiring works of art, there are plenty of free things to do in Adelaide on the festival program too. Take a free Opening Night Tour and see how champagnes and canapés you can consume. Or follow in the footsteps of our feisty Lord Mayor, to see best street art Adelaide can offer - although there is no mention whether he will be going underground.

Although there is no bike art exhibition, why not keep fit on a free cycling tour of Chinese art (bilingual), or just relax and enjoy the art in one of the wine regions of South Australia on a guided bus tour ($35 transport cost).

There are many free workshops and talks by artists too, where you can learn how to create your own South Australian art masterpiece aided by like minded people. One such event explores the Art of Nature at the beautiful Lake Woorabinda Reserve, where the native flora and fauna is just waiting to be captured by your imagination.

Please note that most of these free events require booking in advance, and that you should book early as they are likely to be very popular.

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Discover Artists in the Woods. Or a Park.


The SALA Festival 2014 website make it super easy to locate free things to see and do in Adelaide and regional galleries. You can browse what's on by date, region, type of art, and even the level of artist's experience. Alternatively download a map of your local area or get the entire SALA Festival program guide.

An Open Studio weekend around the state on August 9 and 10 allows you to find an art gallery close to you, meet local artists and visit their work space. Sunday August 17 is the Artist's Voice forum day at the Art Gallery of South Australia with four free sessions about the state of visual arts in SA today.

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The Art Gallery of South Australia Will Host Activities for Kids


The South Australian Living Arts Festival culminates with SALA on Show at the Unley Soldiers' Memorial Park. Like last year's event there will be entertainment, live music, free things to do and activities for kids including children's art workshops run by the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Finish your feast of art in August with a glass of wine or a great coffee while you enjoy some fine food in the leafy gardens. There'll be a pop up gallery with over 300 art works for sale, and its a unique opportunity to chat with the original artist in person.

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SALA Festival 2014 Logo


The SALA Festival 2014 runs from August 1-24 in Adelaide and all SA regions, and will bring a heap of tourists to South Australia for this colourful event. Find out all about SALA on their website, and get the latest news on the Facebook page.

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