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01 - 31 Aug 2024

South Australian Living Artists Festival

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is a statewide festival of visual art. Established to promote and celebrate the many talented visual artists in SA, the aim of the Festival was, and remains, to extend visual arts audiences and to allow all artists at any level, working in any medium, to be part of our annual SALA Festival every August.



01 - 31 Aug 2024

Event type

Visual Arts


Adelaide CBD
Regional SA




Kaurna Country
35a Whitmore Square
Adelaide 5000
(08) 7077 0011

A statewide festival dedicated to showcasing the breadth and diversity of South Australian visual artists, SALA augments Adelaide’s existing galleries with exhibitions in unusual venues including churches, salons and florists. The open access festival has a policy of inclusiveness that incorporates artists at every level in media as diverse as sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography and textiles.

SALA had its beginnings in 1998 as an initiative of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association, with the intent to promote and celebrate local South Australian artists. What started as a one-week festival throughout some 40 venues now spans the entire month of August, involving over 600 venues across the state and over 9,000 participating artists.

As part of our commitment to building new audiences for the visual arts, SALA began offering art tours. This started in 2002 as an way to encourage office workers to visit galleries in their lunch breaks. Today, SALA presents a diverse offering of tours and events -including bus tours to regional areas and bilingual tours.

SALA Festival also continues its dedication to creating and supporting opportunities for visual artists by liaising with sponsors and partners to offer a series of awards and residencies. These include, but are not limited to, the SALA Awards, Artist Residencies, education programs and PechaKucha events.

In addition to the exhibitions taking place across the state, SALA hosts online exhibitions, video artist talks and virtual studio tours that allow audiences to participate from home.

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The local guide

Found some downtime between all the events and excitement? Here are some tips on what to see and do in Adelaide and South Australia.

In the Morning

The APY Gallery in Adelaide is a platform for emerging Indigenous artists from the APY Art Centre Collective to connect with a wide audience outside of their remote communities, gain professional development opportunities and build a network within the art industry supporting them to pursue successful careers in the arts.

In the Afternoon

The Jam Factory’s onsite studios house artists skilled in ceramics, jewellery, glass-blowing and furniture making. Free guided tours allow visitors to see the artists at work, and the onsite store adjoins a gallery space with curated exhibitions highlighting leaders in contemporary craft and design. A secondary site in Seppeltsfield (Barossa Valley) sits on a working winery and houses a knife maker, milliner, ceramicist, leatherworker and jeweller.

In the Evening

Samstag Museum presents an exhibitions program of contemporary visual art as well as art of the past that has relevance for us today. The program is intended to be of broad interest and educational value to a wide public community. Bold, creative and responsive to developments in the contemporary visual arts, Samstag is known nationally for its outstanding artistic programming.