SALA Festival 2017

The SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival is once again fast upon us. In fact, it’s already been running for over a week! Time flies when you are tucked away inside, freezing your buns off. But what better way to brush off the winter chill than warming your cockles at Australia’s biggest community-based visual arts festival.

This year the iconic South Australian Festival is celebrating their 20th anniversary by hosting a jam-packed program of 660 free exhibitions featuring a record-breaking 6282 artists. Now that’s a lot of creative talent!

On top of the 100’s of exhibitions tucked away in coffee shops, halls, galleries and studios across the state, there are a bunch of interactive public spaces set aside in Adelaide for the month of August. Here are a handful of our inner-city favourites.

The SALA Parlour.

Aug 1st – Aug 31st

Set on the picturesque lawns of the SA Museum, this converted shipping container hosts a variety of pop-up exhibitions, live demonstrations, family activities and come-and-try sessions. The SALA Parlour venue promotes participation in the arts, offering the opportunity to rediscover the joys that creativity has to offer.

The SALA Parlour 2017

The SALA Parlour is held on the lawns of the SA Museum.


Aug 24th – Aug 26th

Our long-time neighbours, the Adelaide Christadelphians, are hosting ‘Halifax Street 2017: A journey of discovery to reveal
and interpret the talents of our communities’. Have you got a creative bug in you, ready to burrow out? This venue may be just what you’ve been looking for.

Visual Arts Student Exhibition.

Aug 10th – Aug 23rd

Are you eager to experience the next wave of Adelaide creativity? The Hill Smith Gallery is hosting a selection of works from final year students from the Visual Arts and Design and the Creative Arts degrees. The Visual Arts Students Exhibition showcases the strength and diversity of artists emerging from TAFE SA’s Adelaide Arts College; disciplines include photography, illustration, painting, printmaking and oh so much more.

We also caught up with the Deputy Chair of the SALA Festival Board, Kate Irving and picked her brain to see which events she’s looking forward to most.

Christopher Orchard – Then and Now

Aug 4th – AUG 26th

You may recognise a piece of Orchard’s work, as it’s featured as this year’s SALA monograph, poster and ongoing marketing collateral. BMGArt presents the Then and Now exhibition, displaying work from the acclaimed artist spanning three decades, and featuring rarely seen early drawings, through to his current work and recent excursions into 3D.

SALA Festival 2017 Christopher Orchard

The Arrival 2014, by Christopher Orchard

SALA Gala Dada Dance

AUG 26th

The SALA Gala Dada Dance is an inspired evening embracing the experimental; whimsical wines, fanciful food and postmodern beats for art defying dancing. Hosted at The Old Regent and presented by The Propaganda Club, the dance offers something extra special with the Festival celebrating its 20th year!


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