Artists and artisans

photo-icon Image: Fruzsi Kenez, Story telling through illustration workshop, 2019. Photo Rosina Possingham

Artists and artisans are valued, respected and have opportunities to thrive. Discover below how we celebrate and support the creatives in our city.

City of Adelaide Incubator Award

SALA in partnership with the City of Adelaide Incubator Award will enable artists to develop their art practice and to thrive. This award is provided to an artist at any stage of their career, working in any medium, whose work explores the experience of the City.

The prize consists of $7,000 and the winner will be required to participate in one public program at the City Library before the following SALA Festival, to share with the community what their creative practice is and how it has evolved as a result of the award.

Yoko Kajio is an Australian/Japanese artist, working in the field of installation art, moving image, photography, sound, and art performance.

A graduate of the South Australian School of Art, performance and photographic artist Yoko Kajio has exhibited steadily in Adelaide and internationally since around 1998. Significant exhibitions include 'GLEAM' at the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, travelled to The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand during 2001. Kajio has also participated in international exhibition and events recently in Japan, Korea, Italy, Brazil. She has also presented numerous moving image works in the public realm with the City of Adelaide.

Image: Yoko KAjio, Lights & water in a space, (installation view), 2021, mixed media.

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Alycia Bennett’s Negative Space arts project and activity centre focuses on creating a space for sharing social practice including art making, exhibitions, workshops, presentations, free markets, skill sharing and community dinners. Her work highlights the culture of sharing and connects many different, sometimes unlikely communities together including local apartment owners, SA Housing tenants, homeless people of Whitmore Square and the Adelaide art community.



City of Adelaide Contemporary Art Acquisitions

Each year the City of Adelaide acquires artwork from local contemporary artists through artworks shown as part of the Emerging Curator Program. Reflecting and supporting the Cultural Strategy where Adelaide is recognised as cultural incubator where people, enterprises and audiences flourish. With a focus to enable new, emerging and developing cultural practitioners, businesses and incubators to thrive. By creating opportunities for emerging and developing cultural practitioners to be seen and heard, and facilitating broad cultural engagement and audience development.

Recent artworks acquired are by Carly Tarkari Dodd, Mark Kimber, Lee Walter, Louise Flaherty, Lara Tilbrook, Anna Dowling, Tiana Belperio, and Harrison Vial.

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Carly Tarkari Dodd

Carly Tarkari Dodd is a Kaurna\Narungga and Ngarrindjeri artist. She has been mentored by Aboriginal Tasmanian artist Max Mansell and was taught traditional weaving by Ngarrindjeri artist Ellen Trevorrow. In 2013 she took part in a cultural camp to Coober Pedy, learning traditional methods of painting. Within her practice Dodd mixes traditional and contemporary techniques, to produce works that are conceptually and culturally driven.

Dodd reflecting on her practice said ‘Connection with mob is about the connection of people; community, friendships, and the importance of interacting with others. All are increasingly integral to the successful functioning of life,[and this] importance has skyrocketed in recent times. Growth reminds us of our connection to land. We have only one world and it continues to be destroyed. Considering recent events both on home soil and overseas, this connection is slowly being strengthened…’


Mark Kimber

Mark Kimber is an Australian photo-based artist. He has maintained a dedicated artistic profile while at the same time continuing his role as a full-time staff member of the SA School of Art, University of South Australia. Currently he is Studio Head of Photography and New Media. Without the use of digital manipulation his work poignantly reflects the current destabilization of photography. Kimber makes small dioramas in an impressive replication of real scenes and objects, before shooting them with a basic plastic camera.

It builds on photography’s ability to manipulate “truth” and its relationship to memory, rather than its often thought of strength to “objectively” record. — Mark Kimber