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. The 2020 winner was Alycia Bennett

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.

Image: Alycia Bennett

Alycia bennett

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 in 2020 were from Louise Flaherty, dunes, Lara Tilbrook National Treasure, Anna Dowling, Pathways, Tiana Belperio, Sebastian and Harrison Vial, Let In.

Louise flaherty dunes

Louise Flaherty

Through delicate and intricate drawing, Louise Flaherty celebrates and documents the native vegetation from across the Adelaide CBD. Her longterm project ˜Memorial for Forgotten Plants’ is about seeking out the native flora of Adelaide and creating delicate botanic drawings in white ink on black paper.

‘There are about four different eco-systems in the CBD, with their own species. You can find some in the parklands, like the chocolate lily which grows in the restored remnant grasslands in Victoria Park.’ - Louise Flaherty

Image: Louise Flaherty, dunes, 2019, ink on paper.

Lara Tilbrook

Lara Tilbrook is a South Australian artist and goldsmith based on Kangaroo Island. Her work is inspired by her environmental conservational practices. As a trained designer, jeweller and metalsmith, Tilbrook’s practice ranges cross a variety of fields from the design and fabrication of precious objects for personal adornment to drawing, painting, illustration, sculpture and installation.

‘In loving memory of our endangered Kangaroo Island echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus multiaculeatus, found on the roadside. Recent wild fires have devastated critical habitat and wildlife populations. Investment is urgently required in land management to protect our threatened species on privately owned conservation land. Our natural heritage is a treasure we should behold.“ Lara Tilbrook

Image: Lara Tilbrook, National Treasure, 2013, quill, bone, copper in display cabinet. 40 x 50 x 10 cm

Lara tilbrook national treasure