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2019 SALA Festival

Top SALA Festival picks

30 Jul 2019

We’ve asked our Marketing and Graphic Design Specialist (and long-standing SALA enthusiast), Kate Swann to share her top three SALA events for adults, families and children. SALA runs over August, so check out Kate’s recommendations to get a head start.

With over 8,000 artists participating in almost 700 exhibitions and events across Adelaide and regional SA, it hasn’t been an easy task to come up with just three recommendations for adults, families and children. But here are some of my top picks…


Scooter Art Tours

Walking, cycling or driving your way around the festival? Try something different this year and see more by riding a scooter! This guided tour enables you to explore Adelaide’s street art scene with RIDE e-scooters in the city. 

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Languages: Mandarin + English

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For those who would rather walk, try the Art and Culture Walking Tour

Adelaide Central Open Day

Explore one of Australia's best art schools by touring their award-winning heritage campus. Meet with professional and emerging artists, plus learn about Adelaide Central’s degrees, short courses and scholarships.

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The Piece Project

In it’s ninth year, this iconic street art event presented by Longview Vineyard will be taking place in the city at the Queens Theatre. Four street artists will create and compete – the winner featured on the label next release of Longview’s estate grown shiraz. Pizza, wine, beers, coffee, DJs and hip hop artists create a party atmosphere.

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Indian Family Bilingual Art Tour

Co-hosted by art historian and artist Zoe Freney and multilingual volunteer guide Tina (Prabhjot) Parikh, this family tour explores the Art Gallery of South Australia and Royal South Australian Society of Arts - finishing at the SALA Parlour.

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Bring the Baby Art Tour

Join artist Luke Wilcox and his daughters on this special tour of child friendly galleries and venues around the city. Babies, toddlers and young people are welcome!

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An exploratory and evolving space in the old Avant-Garde building on Currie St showcasing the work of ten different artists. Each artist has been allocated a room to transform into an immersive art experience for visitors to explore. A licensed venue with live music, ARTHUR (Art House Urban Renewal) also offers a range of family-friendly activities and children’s workshops.

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Children and young people  

SALA Parlour

Perfect for children and young people, the SALA Parlour is an interactive pop-up, art space, located on the SA Museum Lawns. Drop in and contribute to an expanding colour installation (proudly supported by us!).

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Engage, Learn, Conserve – Cleland Wildlife Park

Visiting Cleland Wildlife Park? Check out works from a mixed group of artists showcasing native Australia, flora and fauna – embracing Cleland’s ‘Engage, Learn, Conserve’ values.

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Monster Mash, Sue Ninham

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital is hosting four different SALA exhibitions, including Sue Ninham’s quirky and colourful watercolours. Whether you are staying at the WCH or visiting friends or family – exploring, enjoying and talking about art can be a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day.

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For everyone!

Over 40 schools have entered this year’s SALA Festival. Exhibitions are in a range of schools, cafes, shop windows and even local towns – so why not make your own ‘schools art trail’ and enjoy the creativity of our state’s youngest artists. Credit Union SA will present art prizes for best primary school exhibition, best secondary school exhibition as well as best student artist in both categories, with winners to be announced in September.

With so many events and exhibitions available, this year’s SALA festival is sure to be the best so far! We really hope you get a chance to experience some of the amazing works and help support local South Australian talent.

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Featured artwork: Untitled, Cheyenne Blackwell, The Art of Growing Up, Wirreanda Secondary School (521)

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