What is SALA?

The South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA Festival) celebrates the many talented visual artists in South Australia. 

Every August, the state of South Australia comes alive with sculptures, drawings, paintings, photography, ceramics, jewellery and more, as both traditional and non-traditional art spaces become ‘SALA venues’. This means that you can see South Australian artists’ work not only in traditional art galleries, but also in cafes, libraries, town halls, toilets, retail spaces, schools, on fences, stobie poles, online spaces, doctors offices, aged care facilities, restaurants, and cemeteries!

Part of the joy of the Festival is discovering this artwork incidentally, but we make sure you can search our program and find all your must-sees. Most of the Festival is comprised of exhibitions/displays, but there are many opportunities to engage with SA artists through workshops, talks, demonstrations, and open studios.

2023 Program

Check back in July for announcements! You can sign up to our Mailing List, or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for updates.

Printed Program

Get your hands on one of these glossy booklets and circle all the exhibitions and events you're keen to see! We'll let you know where you can get one closer to July.

Online Program

The full SALA program, with search functions for regions, medium, artist talks, and more. Released in July!

MAP

Once the Program goes live, so will the SALA Map of SA!

Look for the sticker

Look for the SALA venue sticker when you're out and about in August.

SALA Festival App

Download our free app to keep the entire SALA program at your fingertips! Keep track of exhibitions and events you’d like to visit and to use the handy map feature.

SALA Festival App

Download our free app to keep the entire SALA program at your fingertips! Keep track of exhibitions and events you’d like to visit and to use the handy map feature.

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Frequently Asked Questions

SALA is held annually from 1-31 August across the State. For individual event opening dates and times, see the SALA Program. 

SALA Festival exhibitions and events can be found across the state of South Australia, from the city to the suburbs and the regions during August.

Art can be found in traditional art spaces (art galleries) and non traditional venues such as cafes, libraries, town halls, toilets, retail spaces, schools, fences, stobie poles, online spaces, doctors offices, aged care facilities, restaurants, cemeteries and even cars! 

The best way to find what exhibitions are near you is by using the map function in our Online program or on the FREE SALA app, available from the App Store or Google Play

The SALA Program will be available from July. When it is available, the SALA program can be accessed three ways:

  • in print from Foodland stores, civic centres, libraries, visitor information centres and participating SALA Venues across the State.
  • online through the SALA website
  • through the SALA App (free to download from the App Store or Google Play)

Most exhibitions are generally free to attend, but some may have entry fees. Keep an eye out for the $ symbol inside a circle in our printed Program, which indicates ‘cost on entry’.

The Festival also includes talks, events, performances, workshops, and tours, which may be ticketed.

When browsing the SALA Program, look out for the following symbols:

  • wheelchair = the venue has indicated that they are wheelchair accessible.
  • cc = closed captions will be used where necessary in artworks with dialogue.
  • cc inside a circle = the venue accepts companion cards.


If you are using the online program, you can also filter via the above.

These are, of course, many more aspects of accessibility than is represented by these symbols, but these are the ones that best fit the majority of events for the moment. 

Please also note that, as SALA is an open-access Festival, accessibility indicators in our program are self-nominated by the registrant, meaning that we cannot guarantee their accuracy. While we try to help venues understand the implications and infrastructure needed to be deemed ‘accessible’, sometimes we just don’t get it right. If you are not sure whether a venue is accessible to you, we recommend giving the venue a call just to be sure. 

While you can navigate the SALA Program any way you like take some tips from staff to make your journey the most enjoyable.

Start the day with a coffee at a SALA venue and take a moment to plan your trip. Bring a something warm incase the weather changes, we highly recommend a SALA Hoodie. If you like a piece of art you see don’t hesitate to buy it! These unique pieces are often snapped up quickly. You don’t need to be in a rush, leave a bit of time for incidental things that cross your path. Treat yourself and turn your SALA day out into a weekend away. 

SALA encourages everyone to be up to date with their COVID-19 and Flu vaccinations. This is recommended by SA Health to keep our community safe. We support wearing masks if social distancing isn’t possible or you are a close contact of someone who is unwell. If you are feeling at all unwell, we will miss you, but we appreciate you choosing to stay at home.

Easily via our Donate page. All donations have a huge impact on our future; we appreciate every contribution. Donations above $2 are tax deductable.

Plan Your Visit

SALA Festival is exclusively South Australian; explore our great state by visiting www.southaustralia.com or click on the council areas for more specific information. 

SALA parking made easy with UPark

With SALA events right across Adelaide, don’t waste time searching for a car park – park at UPark.
UPark is owned by the City of Adelaide, and all money goes back into supporting the people of Adelaide.

Book your parking now

When you book your parking online with UPark, you guarantee yourself a car park close to your destination.
That means no driving around the city, wasting time trying to find somewhere to park.

Or register for discounted parking with UPark Plus

UPark Plus is a touch-free swipe card that gives you discounted prices at all UPark car parks across the city.
Simple swipe to enter and exit. No pushing buttons. No handling tickets.

Book your parking, or register now for UPark Plus, at upark.com.au/sala


Free city connector bus 

The Free City Connector bus service runs on two loops – an inner city loop and an extended loop around North Adelaide providing a link to popular city attractions and shopping, dining and services destinations.

Route 98A and 98C link the city and North Adelaide every 30 minutes, seven days a week and routes 99A and 99C link the main city destinations every 30 minutes on weekdays.

Together routes 98 and 99 provide a coordinated 15-minute frequency on weekdays from North Terrace to Hutt Street, Hurtle Square, Whitmore Square, China Town, Central Market and Victoria Square.

The service runs from early morning until 7.15pm daily, with extra services running on Friday until 9.15pm.

The buses are air conditioned and wheelchair and pram friendly.

If you are interested in visiting Adelaide Hills, use this link. Check back closer to August for more information about SALA specific events. 

If you are interested in visiting Barossa Valley, use this link. Check back closer to August for more information about SALA specific events. 

If you are interested in visiting Clare Valley, use this link. Check back closer to August for more information about SALA specific events. 

If you are interested in visiting Coonawarra, use this link. Check back closer to August for more information about SALA specific events. 

If you are interested in visiting Langhorne Creek, use this link. Check back closer to August for more information about SALA specific events. 

If you are interested in visiting McLaren Vale, use this link. Check back closer to August for more information about SALA specific events.