2020 Festival Participation

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is an annual, month-long festival that celebrates the work of South Australian visual artists alive today. Every August, artists participate by putting on an exhibition of work (or holding an arts event like an artist talk, workshop, or forum), and venues participate by hosting artists’ work or associated events.

In 2020, SALA invites registrations of online events (such as online exhibitions, video artist talks, virtual studio tours) and physical exhibitions that comply with State Government restrictions around physical distancing. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the inclusion of your event within these restrictions.

SALA Festival remains an open access festival, meaning that all artists are welcome to participate regardless of age or level of experience. All events are organised independently, then registered under the ‘umbrella’ of SALA. This is done by completing a registration form on the SALA website once all event details have been confirmed. Only one registration form needs to be submitted per event.

Register your exhibition or event here.

Registrations for SALA 2020 are open now until Monday, 31 August 2020.
Be sure to look at the SALA 2020 Participation Resource and the Support Materials page of this website for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

SALA runs throughout the month of August annually, so 1—31 August every year.

Registrations Open – Monday, 2 March

Registrations Close – Monday, 31 August 

Awards Open – Monday, 2 March 

Awards Close – Tuesday, 30 June

Virtual Open Studios Weekend  – Saturday & Sunday, 8 & 9 August

In 2020 SALA is accepting online events or physical exhibitionss which comply with the State Government restrictions.

This means you do not need to find a venue to show in, but you may want to if you feel that your event could comply with physical distancing requirements.  If you want to host an online event or exhibition you do need to decide on what platform you would like to host your work. Consider hosting work on your own website or an appropriate social media platform like Instagram or YouTube.

Download the SALA 2020 Participation Resource for more details.

Absolutely! There are no restrictions on how many exhibitions or events an artist can exhibit in, however each new project will need to a new registration form.

Once all the details of your event are certain, you need to complete a SALA registration form. You can do this via the online registration portal until the close of registrations (31 August 2020). The information you enter in the registration form will feed into the SALA online program. SALA is open access which means that all artists are welcome to participate. 

Registrations are open now! 

Registrations opened Monday, 2 March and close Monday, 31 August 2020.

Register your SALA event via the online form.

We will continue to accept registrations from now until the end of August 2020. This is not a typo – the absence of a printed program in 2020 affords us much greater flexibility in our programming.

This year we are proud to offer FREE registrations across all event categories. We know artists and venues have been doing it tough and we hope that the community will be able to utilise their time in isolation to get creative.

  • an online visual art exhibition (this is the most common way that artists participate)
  • an online artist talk (which can occur without an exhibition)
  • an online forum about art 
  • an online art presentation
  • a virtual tour
  • a virtual open studio tour
  • a physical exhibition is still possible but it must comply with State Government restrictions
    Don’t see your event type here? Call the SALA Office on 7077 0011 to discuss your idea.

A studio is the space where an artist creates their artwork. Although in 2020 public access to these studios is not possible artists can still hold virtual tours of their studio spaces and register them with SALA.

SALA accepts registrations from dedicated commercial studios and studios in private residences.

Each year SALA highlights the registered open studios over the Open Studios Weekend, which will run 8-9 August. If you are registering a Virtual Open Studio, consider trying to make your digital studio tour available at some point over this particular weekend.

Please note that if multiple artists are working in a studio, they need to be informed of and in support of the studio’s proposed registration.

Most SALA awards are self-nominated, so hop to it!

To be considered for an award make sure you fill out an entry form before close of nominations. Most awards close on 30 June but check the SALA Awards page for individual award closing dates.

Each award has different eligibility criteria so don’t forget to check the terms and conditions.

Most award nominations close 30 June 2020, but check the Awards page for individual award closing dates

As long as your event adheres to State Government restrictions and incorporates South Australian living artists, please consider registering it. If you would like help or feedback you can call the SALA Office on 7077 0011.

If you wish to submit your registration before the exhibition is ready to be viewed, see this information sheet for your options.