27 Jul, 2017

Experience SALA in the City of Adelaide

The South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) opens this weekend and the City of Adelaide will come alive with art and artists in traditional as well as more unique locations throughout the CBD and North Adelaide over the next month.

Adelaide City Libraries will once again exhibit an eclectic range of artists, as well as featuring the work from the Artist in Residence program.

The exhibitions cover diverse themes ranging from human engagement, birth, the South Australian landscape, mental health, childhood memories from a different culture, journaling, harmony, sustainability and human connections.

Anne Rundle, City of Adelaide Manager of Culture and Lifelong Learning, said that the City Library had proven to be a popular SALA venue.

“The diverse and modern event spaces of the City Library are perfectly designed for the community to express themselves and we are eagerly looking forward to being an exhibition venue once again where talented visual artists will be able to exhibit their works.”

The exhibition at the City Library will be officially opened by Adelaide Deputy Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor on August 2nd at 5.45pm. The exhibition will run during City Library opening hours throughout August.

SALA will also hit the East End for a free opening party on Friday 4 August in Vaughan and Cinema Place from 5pm.

There will be live and interactive art installations, beats by DJ Ryley, and a pop-up bar from the Howling Owl.

City of Adelaide Deputy Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor, who has a long history of involvement in the arts, said that the East End party would be a great way for people to start their SALA month.

“There is so much happening in the city during SALA, in and out of the galleries, including some fun, unusual and interactive things to do.

“You can take your dog on an art tour, or join one of the street art tours that will take you to all the fabulous art that adorns our city’s walls. There’s a baby-friendly tour, and if you want to try your hand at creating your own masterpiece, join the Sketchy SALA tour where you’ll draw some of the city’s bars.

“Some of the city’s unused spaces are hosting SALA events, so visiting an exhibition could take you into a space that you may not have seen before.

“The old Regent Cinema is hosting the SALA Gala DADA Dance, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is opening up its studios, many cafes and pubs will have their walls adorned with art, artist studios and hubs will be open for visits, and not forgetting the Adelaide Town Hall and Art Pod. You never know what you’ll find behind a doorway or around a corner.

“SALA showcases the creativity and breadth of artistic talent in Adelaide and South Australia. There really is something for everyone, from art aficionados to those just interested in having a bit of a look around and experiencing Adelaide’s art culture. Why not come into the city and make a day of it? You truly won’t be disappointed.”

There will also be live portrait demonstrations by members of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts, where visitors will be able to see how different artists approach the portrait process. Deputy Lord Mayor Verschoor will be one of the subjects.

For information about what’s on and where, visit www.salafestival.com

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Paula Stevens