The SALA Festival is one of the biggest dates on Adelaide’s visual arts calendar. With over 600 participants from the arts community, in hundreds of venues all over South Australia, we’re nothing if not spoilt for choice. Throughout the month of August, Rundle St East will be transformed into an artistic hub with local businesses hosting a variety of exhibitions and showcasing artwork from emerging and established artists.
They’ll kick things off with a free Opening Night Soiree in Vaughan and Cinema Place on Friday 4 August, and it’s set to be a knockout. From 5-10pm there’ll be live art installations from local artists gracing the street, from Valli Morphett’s chalk art that will make you feel like Bert from Mary Poppins is about to jump out and sing Jolly Holiday, to Amanda Davis’ enchanted photomedia and projection art in the frosted windows of Cinema Place.
Chris Bartlett, the lantern-y genius behind Adelaide’s Moon Lantern Festival, has been working on something special for their Opening Night Party. Stemming from his endless obsession to catch, reflect and alter light, Chris has been working on a whimsical installation in the trees that line Vaughan Place. You’ll also be able to catch other Adelaide artists Monica Prichard, Sophie Miller and Adam Poole-Mottishaw’s live art on the night.
Pop in for an after work drink at The Howling Owl‘s pop-up bar, and be serenaded by the sweet sounds of Katie Miller from 5-6pm, after that the party really starts with beats by DJ Ryley til 10pm. Find a heater, cosy up on the lounges, and snuggle up under a rug or blanket.
The rest of the SALA season, there’ll be various businesses hosting a variety of different exhibitions. We’ve summarised a few of them below for you:
Leonard St | 4 Aug, 5pm – 8pm
With a background in fashion and costume design, Romi and Claire are exploring their love of colour and texture, combined with their passion for textiles and mixed media. Inspired by the Leonard St winter collection, they will infuse their appreciation of pattern, shape and SPARKLES into the space.
Go and join them for a glass of bubbles and a sneak preview of their spring collection.
Cherri Bellini | 1 Aug – 31 Aug
This Glitz and Glam exhibition will feature the latest mixed media and painting collection of contemporary works by established artist Julie Emery at cherri bellini the home of Italian shoes in Australia.
Opening Times: Mon-Thu 10:30am-6pm, Fri 10:30am-9pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
Urban Cow Studio | 2 Aug – 3 Sept
Sanctuary by Linda Hammond will feature her drawings, mixed media and paintings, you’ll be transported to a place of beauty of flowing colours and peace with striking details.
Opening Times: Mon-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Miss Gladys Sym Choon | 2 Aug – 16 Aug
Pyrography by David Ledden will exhibit the use of fire and heat on wood to create art.
Opening Times: Viewable 24/7
The Apollo | 25 Aug – 5 Sept
An immersive exhibition and book from photographer Che Chorley. An exploration of the land, sea and those who call the South Australian coastline home.
Opening Times: Tue-Thu & Sat 11am-5pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sun 12-5pm
Keep an eye out on the East End with more events to be added throughout the festival.