SALA festival gets even bigger with 660 free exhibitions for their 20th anniversary year.

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Australia's biggest community-based visual arts festival gets even bigger with 660 free exhibitions for their 20th anniversary year.

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival will celebrate this milestone with its biggest program to date, featuring a record-breaking 6282 artists across Adelaide throughout August.

Encompassing all forms of visual art from painting, sculpture and jewellery to video, multimedia and more, it will get the state's art started as more than 560 venues from pubs and cafes to wineries, bookshops and even cemeteries are turned into pop-up art galleries for 31 days.

STUDENT ART SHOW: One of the highly anticipated exhibits in the local area will be the Student Art Show, a regional first. Never before have primary and secondary schools on the South Coast come together to exhibit student art work. 

The SALA Student Art Show will ony be up for a for a limited time though, over August 26 (10am to 4pm) and August 27 (10am to 2pm)at the Investigator College Senior School Building, on Bacchus Rd in Victor Harbor.

The show is set to be a big one, involving students from Goolwa Primary School, Port Elliot Primary School, Victor Harbor, Encounter Lutheran, Victor Harbor High and Investigator College.

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Students from Reception to Year 12 have been working hard to submit works covering a range of mediums. On show will be a variety of paintings, drawings and sculptures through to photographic works. It will also feature Senior SACE work for Visual Art and Photography.

As this is a SALA event, it rightly recognises students as artists. This significant exhibition motivates students to do their best work as they know it is going to be seen by a wider audience.

It also engages students in the broader arts community. This helps them feel connected to their community and makes their learning relevant to their world.


Mount Compass Golf Course is proud to present their first SALA exhibition, opening on August 4 at 5.30pm. The solo exhibition of paintings by Peter McLachlan will perfectly complement the spectacular views over the course.

“Ethical issues of how we deal with the landscape, the quality of the air, land and water are the philosophical foundation upon which my art finds purpose, meaning and perhaps social significance for the art works themselves,” Peter said of his work.

Visitors will be welcomed to the opening with complimentary wine and nibbles in what should prove to be a great night out. Bookings for dinner are encouraged as the club showcases their winter menu.

The exhibition will be open to the public seven days a week for the month of August, from midday to 4pm with extended hours into the evening on Fridays and Saturdays.

CELEBRITY PORTRAITS: Famous Adelaide faces including former Port Power star Gavin Wanganeen, pie king Vili Milisits and Lady Mayoress Genevieve Theseira-Haese will have their portraits painted live as part of the Royal South Australian Society of Art Third Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition.

FEMINIST ART: In 1977 Adelaide was host to The Women's Show, one of the largest Australia-wide exhibitions of women’s art. The Feminism Renewal Art Network will commemorate this 40 year milestone with FRAN Fest, a statewide program of exhibitions, talks and more.

ART AFTER DARK:  SALA gets going when the sun goes down, bringing Adelaide's West End to life for one jam-packed night of exhibitions and film screenings.

SALA Festival Director Penny Griggs said the 2017 program cemented August as “visual art month” in SA.