Eyre Peninsula

Registrations open for the South Australian Living Artists Festival

by South Australian Artist Ilze Coombe

'Sleeping Beauty's Awakening' by South Australian Artist Ilze Coombe

On-line registrations are now open for the 13th South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, the largest visual arts festival in Australia. In 2009, we celebrated the visual art of 2,773 artists exhibiting across 500 venues throughout South Australia. SALA Festival enables all South Australians to be stimulated, challenged and moved by art created in their own neighbourhood.

Each year, SALA continues to thrive as an exciting, innovative, and accessible festival. This festival, is recognized as producing a significant contribution to the State’s reputation as a culturally rich place to live and visit.
“This is an astounding opportunity for you to show your work, to the widest possible audience. SALA is a brilliant blend of local produce, local talent and loving art “said SALA Festival General Manager, Penny McAuley
Once again this year’s SALA Festival will continue to enable South Australian artists of any age, ability and medium, to connect with their local communities reaching from the city of Adelaide to the Barossa Valley the Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsular, the Limestone Coast and beyond, to be inspired by art.

To ensure SALA provides an accessible and engaging pathway for our audiences, we have engaged three South Australian visual arts specialists to moderate each registration against a self nominated category to ensure the Official Program reflects the diversity of various mediums and categories, such as traditional, contemporary, craft and other. SALA is thrilled to announce our moderators for 2010 as:
Alison Dunn CEO of the Helpmann Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, a member of the Arts Industry Advisory Council and was the Co-Chair of the international Glass Art Society event held in Adelaide in 2005. She has worked at senior levels with some of Australia’s flagship cultural organizations and events including the Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival Corporation, JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design and the Powerhouse Museum. She is a graduate of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation. The Helpmann Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts assists emerging artists make the transition into professional careers, fosters links between its partner schools, the arts and the community and promotes South Australia as a centre of creative excellence, located at the Adelaide Centre for the ARTS Building Level 2, 39 Light Square, Adelaide.
Erica Green is the inaugural director of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, which opened in 2007 at the University of South Australia’s City west campus on North Terrace, Adelaide. She is an artist by training (Alexander Mackie CAE) and gained a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from Sydney University in 1985. She has worked as a project officer for the Visual Arts Craft Board of the Australia Council and was formerly an Administrator at Artspace, Sydney. As Director of the Bitumen River Gallery, Canberra, she initiated and managed the process which led to establishment of the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. In March 2003, Green was invited by the Adelaide Festival to facilitate and deliver a visual arts program, including Artists’ Week, for the 2004 Festival.

In addition to her effective advocacy for the establishment of the Samstag Museum, Green has developed the profile of the Museum to one of national visibility, artistic credibility and local prominence. She is responsible for the University of South Australia Art Collection, on behalf of which she has initiated major public art commissionings including Fiona Hall’s Different Forms of Intelligence work of art. Curatorial projects and associated publications include Eden & the Apple of Sodom, for the 2002 Adelaide Festival, and Wonderful World and Colliding Worlds curated for the Samstag Museum of Art.
Niki Vouis is Membership Services and Project Manager at Craftsouth: Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design. Niki has worked in the South Australian visual arts sector for over 15 years, focusing on the professional development of artists, as well as initiating and managing developmental projects that link visual arts with the broader community.Craftsouth is the peak industry organisation in South Australia for craft, design and visual art practitioners. Established in 1966 to assist the professional development of craft practitioners, today Craftsouth delivers a wide range of services to equip craft, design and visual art practitioners with the skills and know-how to establish markets and build audiences for their work, located: 1st Floor, JamFactory Building19 Morphett Street, Adelaide.

Register online:  http://www.salafestival.com


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