During August South Australia is the canvass of the worlds biggest living visual artist festival and that is something to be celebrated. The seventeenth SALA Festival offers 547 exhibitions and events featuring over 4,627 participating artists.
Before leaving for a few days visiting my Perth cousins the last civic duty I performed was to open a SALA exhibition on Thursday and the first civic duty I did when I returned (after my coffee morning) was to attend another. These exhibitions are uplifting, they allow the mind to soar and the imagination to escape. Visual art breaks the bonds of the routine and it is so much more social than a T.V.
The exhibitions are free and they are held in some unique locations, often at shop within walking distance from your home. What I found fantastic was that so many people have become artists because of SALA. SALA has enabled members of our community to exhibit. In other cities all around the world people keep their artistic talents hidden because there is no venue.
So download your guide to the 547 exhibitions across the state on between now and August the 24th, or download the self guided trail of 45 exhibitions around Unley by clicking on the relevant image links below.
Don’t forget, you must come along to the closing event, SALA on Sale. This will be held at the Unley Soldiers Memorial Gardens on Unley Road on Sunday August the 24th between 10am and 5.30pm. There will be over 20 pop up artists, live music, food and wine and over 300 pieces of art for sale.