Where: Metropolitan and regional South Australia
When: 1 – 31 August 2015
An arty winter feast as the 18th South Australian Living Artists Festival presents more than 600 exhibitions over 31 days in Adelaide.
The 2015 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is celebrating its 18th year with its biggest festival to date, presenting the works of more than 5000 artists in 610 free exhibitions across Adelaide and regions throughout August.
Encompassing all forms of visual art from painting, sculpture and jewellery to video and multimedia and much more, SALA gives South Australia an arty makeover as more than 550 venues from pubs and cafes to wineries, cinemas and even florists are turned into pop-up art galleries for 31 days. Some of Australia’s most exciting and dynamic artists, both established and emerging, are represented in this year’s program, including: Robert Hannaford, Angela Valamanesh, Michelle Nikou, Nick Mount and Sue Kneebone. Highlights of this year’s festival include:
• LIVE ART AT THE AIRPORT: Artists Daniel Connell, Damien Shen and Luke Thurgate will entertain travellers with live drawing at the Adelaide Airport terminal on Friday afternoons as part of the “ID: Portraiture and Identity exhibition”. (August 7, 14, 21)
• ADELAIDE OVAL GETS ART-BOMBED: Moving image artists Susan Bruce, Yoko Kaijo, Bridgette Minuzzo and Sam Oster take over the jumbo screens at Adelaide Oval’s south entrance with video artworks on the theme “Where sport meets art”. (August 7-31, hourly between 9am and 11pm)
• CACSA CONTEMPORARY: A major multi-venue presentation of works by 40 of SA’s leading contemporary artists, including Johnnie Dady, Siamak Fallah, Paul Sloan, KAB 101 and more, held at various exhibition spaces including the Contemporary Arts Centre of SA, Morphett St. (August 6-30)
• THE ARTISTS’ VOICE WEEKEND: A host of top practicing artists will lead a full weekend of discussion and debate at the Art Gallery of SA’s Radford Auditorium about the state of visual arts in SA, now and in the future. (August 22-23, 10.30am to 4.30pm both days)
• THE ART OF WINE COLLECTING: A first for SALA, this special long lunch in McLaren Vale will explore the connection between collecting fine wine and art with small batch winemakers Vale Cru and guest speaker Tamar Grischy, head of auctions at Langtons wine dealers. (August 23, 12.30pm, $150pp)
Image: Videos by four established moving image artists respond to the theme ‘Where Sport Meets Art’ and bring together two normally separate communities, sport & art. Curated by Susan Bruce