Audiences

The South Australian Living Artists Festival or SALA Festival is held throughout August every year and celebrates the many talented visual artists in South Australia. This means you will find sculptures, drawings, paintings, photography, ceramics, jewellery and so much more in venues across the State! 

During August both traditional venues, such as 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 boats, are all potential SALA venues! 

With over 9,000 artists participating in 2021, it is understandable if you are stuck on what to see. But don’t worry SALA has got you covered! SALA hosts a range of projects to help audiences better explore the program as well as work with South Australian personalities to get their top picks of the Festival. There are also many ways to search our online program but if you’d like a physical copy of the program you’ll find them at any participating SALA venue. The SALA Program will be released closer to August on a date to be confirmed. 

Keep the program at your fingertips and download the free SALA Festival app! Available from the App Store or Google Play.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 boats! 

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

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

The SALA 2022 Program will not be available until mid-year. When it is available, the SALA program can be accessed three ways:

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

We want to keep SALA accessible for everyone and we know that includes entry fees. While some SALA produced programming is free, some isn’t. Where possible we try to be upfront with costs and keep them low, so as much of our audience has the ability to attend as possible. 

While most of the open access exhibitions are free to attend, some events may have entry or booking fees – see individual listings in the SALA program for costs. 

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

Staying safe while experiencing SALA is important to us. When out and about don’t forget to wear a mask if required, keep space between yourself and others, wash your hands, check -in and be respectful of venues specific COVID-19 requirements.

All physical exhibitions registered in the Festival must comply with the South Australian Government restrictions relating to gatherings and safe physical distancing. But we also welcome online exhibitions and events so if you feel more comfortable interacting with SALA from home you can do that too. 

SALA strives to be as accessible as possible. In our program you will see symbols that relate to a venues accessibility (such as wheelchair accessibility, closed captions and companion cards accepted) and a key at the bottom on the right hand page to explain what each symbol means. These are by no means all the accessibility indicators but the ones that best fit the majority of events for the moment. 

As SALA is an open access Festival accessibility indicators in our program are self nominated by the registrant. While we try to help venues understand the implications and infrastructure needed to accurately select these indicators, sometimes we just don’t get it right. If you are not sure whether a venue is accessible we always recommend you give 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. 

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.