Your Guide To Our Top SALA Picks

This year’s SALA Festival is the biggest yet, so we’ve narrowed down the list of exhibitions to our favourites to keep you busy all August long!

Adelaide, you diligently earn the badge of Festival State every year by bringing us bigger and better festivals. And this year is no different!

The 2018 SALA Festival kickstarted the month of August with a celebration of colour, expression, imagination, and creativity across the State. This year’s festival is the biggest yet, with a record-breaking 9000 artists taking part in 700 exhibitions across Adelaide and Regional SA.

That leaves just one problem—which exhibitions should you visit?!

There are so many to choose from, so we’ve done the hard work for you and made a varied list of our favourite events and exhibitions to keep you busy all August long!
This year, the Convention Centre is playing host to three separate SALA Festival exhibitions this year. The three exhibitions officially opened on Monday, 6 August and will remain on public display until 28 August, featuring:
  • Marek Herburt’s ‘Colour Seen’ – a series of abstract landscape paintings depicting natural Australian environments and utilising a highly saturated and limited colour palette.
  • The ACH Group’s ‘A Moment in Time & Everything in Between’  the broad variety of pieces featured in the exhibition are connected by their common theme of “celebrating the importance of a moment in time” through photography, painting, mixed media and more.
  • John Willanski’s ‘Getting Around’ – a series of playful digital illustrations featuring colourful kids, animals, and vegetables that draw on Willanski’s own parenthood experiences.

Marek Herburt

Celeste Foord Little Lives

Every day in Australia, six babies are stillborn. That is 2,500 babies dying unnecessarily every year in Australia, a statistic that hasn’t changed in over 2 years. Stillbirth isn’t inevitable, it is often preventable.
Emerging ceramic artist, Celeste Foord has teamed up with local charity Still Aware, to bring visual to the thousands of babies that never got the chance to breathe. This installation art piece is a visual of 2,500 ceramic seeds, each one unique and individual, like the little life it represents.
You can find the Little Lives exhibition at the Port Mall until 24 August.

The Colonist

The Colonist has been an avid supporter of local emerging artists and has proudly participated in the South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA Festival) for over eight years. This year they are bringing you an explosion of colour with paintings by Emily Johns and intriguing photographs shot by Karen Whitehouse. And trust us, you won’t want to miss this!

The SALA Exhibition launch will be on August 11th from 3pm-6pm. Here, you can join Emily and Karen along with the staff at the Colonist to celebrate SALA! You can chat with the artists regarding their work, and enjoy live music and light nibbles by Chef Dean. There will also be live Music by Louis Fuller.

One of our favourite Adelaide Hills eateries is hosting two exhibitions until 31 August this year, so you can swing by, enjoy a delicious coffee, and take in the gorgeous art on display.
  • ‘Reflections & Recollections’ by Alison Flew – found on level one of FRED Eatery, this collection speaks to the little things that stood out during Alison’s travels; it’s an up close and personal observation of and engagement with little, and not so little, things.
  • ‘Carved Earth’ by Tatty K – found in the FRED Mezzanine, these works in clay have been inspired by the beauty and ruggedness of the Australian outback, allowing you to hold “this wide brown land” in your hand.

Alive & Vibrant On Goodwood Road

Pick up a flyer on the road and come and enjoy a Goody SALA stroll to see and enjoy all that Goodwood Road has to offer. Goodwood Road is always alive and vibrant, with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, cafes and businesses, but it’s even more so during SALA Festival! Check out the details and exhibition information on the Facebook event.

SALA on Saturday on August 25 will wrap up SALA on Goodwood Road, with free kid’s arty activities and a food and wine afternoon in Gilbert Street. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the artists behind the new Capri wall mural, Vans the Omega and Jake Holmes.

Longview Piece Project

Adelaide’s pinnacle street art event for 2018 will be hitting Adelaide as part of the 2018 SALA festival on 18 August! Live street art competition, plus DJs from 3:00pm til late. THE ONLY STREET-EVENT TO HIT A VINEYARD!
It’s simple – 4 Australian street artists battle it out  for a chance to be featured on the label of Longview’s ‘The Piece’ Shiraz. The artists have 5 hours to complete a huge mural or piece live before a huge festival crowd enjoying all-day beats and slow-cooked BBQ. And as Longview wine flows, a winner is crowned and people witness the creation of a limited edition wine label in real time. A collectible bottle of wine with a collectible piece of art. Location: Published Arthouse, 11 Canon Street, Adelaide 5000, South Australia. When: 3:00pm – 11:30pm. Tickets for under 18 year olds are $5.00, and adults are priced at $25.00 p/person. Tickets: click here.

Majestic Minima Hotel

During August, Majestic Minima Art Hotel is the SALA Festival venue for three talented South Australian artists exhibiting and selling their work, Dianne Bichard, Anthony Adams and Hayley Kroschel. Their Art Rooms will be open for viewings all throughout August, with the SALA artworks on display.
Check out the Facebook event here.

Marina Pier SALA Art Wine Walk

This weekend, on August 11th and 12th, head down to the Marina in Glenelg between 11am and 5pm to enjoy a feast for the senses! Wander along the marina and enjoy incredible waterfront views, beautiful artwork, amazing South Australian wine and craft bevvys, and a delicious matched array of tasting plates.

If you can’t make it there over the weekend, there will also be SALA exhibitions and window art throughout the month of August. Check out the Facebook event for more details on which artists are getting involved!

Pawsome Art Trail

The City of Adelaide is taking part in SALA Festival this year with their Pawsome Art Trail—an art trail for you and your furry, four-legged best friend! Download a map of the trail here and head on out for a stroll to see the vibrant doggy bowls painted by established and emerging community artists and children—including some very enthusiastic students from Tutti Arts and St Patrick’s Special School.

SALA By The Beach

High on the list of exhibiting artists participating in Henley’s SALA By The Beach is well-known local surrealist artist, Andrew Baines, whose work will be on display at Joe’s Kiosk and The Chiropractic Works.

Another local artist, Judith Klavins, has spent the last three months creating miniature pen and watercolour depictions of the restoration work of the Henley Jetty. In Judith’s words, these works speak of “love, loss, memory, and renewal,” and will be on display at CIBO Henley Beach.

And if you’ve been intrigued by the mosaic work appearing on some of the stobie poles in Henley Beach, they’re the work of another local, Mary Lovich, whose work will be on display at Dulwich Bakery, Ous Property, and Ray White Real Estate.

Inspired by the Ocean and its energy, from order to disorder, is Naomi Schwartz Jewellery Design Galler’s Entropy exhibition, featuring work by a variety of jewelry and glass artists.

Andrew Baines

S.C Pannell The Art of Winemaking: The Resurrection

Richard Lyons is one of Australia’s leading photographers, renowned for his work featuring people. He’s had an association and friendship with the S.C.Pannell Winery since it’s inception and has created some beautiful images of the evolving winery, events, and the family behind it. The Art of Winemaking: The Ressurection features one of Australia’s leading winemakers, Stephen Pannell, as never seen before. Richard’s passion for his craft and ability to engage his subjects results in extraordinary and intriguing photographs and installations.
WHERE: S.C.Pannell Winery, 60 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171
WHEN: Monday to Sunday from 11am-5pm, until 2 September 

Thorn Clark

Come and experience the “This is what we see…” exhibition at Thron-Clarke Wines by local artists, Susanna brown and Zinia King. Roam the beautiful winery garden and explore the hand-crafted works hidden throughout the garden by Susanna, then wander inside to browse the hand-drawn artworks by Zinia. All works are also available to purchase and take home on the day.

Why not finish off your visit with a tasting of Thorn-Clark’s extensive range of Eden Valley and Barossa wines?

WHEN: Monday to Friday from 9:30am-5pm and Saturday & Sunday, from 11am-4pm, until 31 August.

Tomich Wines

Emma Hack is an Adelaide-based artist working in the unique medium of body paint installation and photography. This year for SALA, Emma is sharing pieces from her collections with the exhibition titled ‘A few of my favourite things’.

Not only can you view the collection at Tomich Wines on King William Road, you have the opportunity to hear from the incredible artist herself as Emma Hack and Tomich Wines invite you to join them for a glass of wine and live music and enjoy the curated exhibition on Saturday 12th August at 3:30pm.

If you can’t make it this weekend, Emma’s exhibition will be open for all to see Wednesday to Saturday from 11am-4pm, until the end of August.

Emma Hack

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