Frequently Asked Questions

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

Artist & Venue Finder Opens – Monday, 13 January

Artist & Venue Finder Closes – Monday, 4 May

Registrations Open – Monday, 2 March

Awards Open – Monday, 2 March

Registrations Close – Monday, 11 May

Awards Close – Wednesday, 20 May

You can get a copy of the SALA Festival Program in Information, Visitor and Civic Centres, libraries and from SALA Venues across South Australia. 

You can view the online program here or download the SALA App to find exhibitions near you. The SALA Festival app is available through the App Store and Google Play. 

You can book your place in a SALA Tour by clicking on the 'Book Tickets' button on any of the tours listed under the Tours tab. This link will take you through to the event booking system Eventbrite. Eventbrite links are also on listed on individual tour listings in the SALA online program and Facebook page. 

If a tour you are interested  in is fully booked please email the SALA office via to be put on a waitlist.

SALA promotional materials will be delivered to artists and venues beginning 8 August through to 15 August. If you do not recieve your promotional materials by then please email 

SALA is an open access festival meaning that all artists and venues are welcome to participate. To be included in the program all you need to do is register an exhibition or visual arts event (such as an artist talk, workshop, or forum) via our online form, 1 March — 13 May 2019.


Exhibition registrations for the 2019 festival close 13 May. Artist and venue expressions of interest will close the week before, on 6 May.

During the registration period, if you are an artist looking for a venue to exhibit in you can browse our Available Venues list or approach any SA venue you feel would be a good fit for your artwork. 


During the registration period, if you are a venue looking for an artist you can browse the Available Artists list and contact any you think would be a good fit for your venue. You can also add your details to our Available Venues list and artists can then contact you directly if they are interested in exhibiting at your venue.


2019 SALA registration fees:

Solo artist: $125.00
2—10 artists: $230.00
11 — 20 artists: $325.00
20+ artists: $415.00
SALA Street (multiple venues in the one street, venue names will not be listed individually however multiple stickers will be provided): $450.00
Education (Kindergarten, Primary or Secondary school ONLY): $65.00 subsidised by Credit Union SA 
Open studio: $125.00
Special event (workshop, forum, presentation etc): $125.00


Premium Registration (includes guaranteed image in print program and 75 word exhibition description) — $470.00

Additional Activities

Artist Talk, Workshop, Forum or Artist in session — free!

A number of local councils have partnered with SALA to offer rebates on registration fees. The councils participating in 2019 are:

- Adelaide City Council
- City of Marion
- City of Unley
- City of Burnside
- Rural City of Murray Bridge
- City of Holdfast Bay
- City of Port Adelaide Enfield
- City of Onkaparinga
- City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters

If your council is not listed here, please contact them to enquire about alternative grants available or request that they join the list. 

Details on how to apply for a rebate from one of these councils here.

The SALA program is inserted into The Advertiser with a distribution of over 250,000 as well as to regional visitor information centres, libraries and all participating venues. For your registration fee you will receive exposure to a wide audience via the print and online program. You will also receive copies of the program, SALA posters and a venue sticker as well as the right to use the SALA logo on your own promotional materials.

The Festival is promoted across print, radio, television and social media. You will also receive opportunities to advertise with our media partners and on our website in addition to your exhibition listing. In addition to this you will receive an invitation to the SALA Festival launch at the Art Gallery of South Australia with the opportunity to network with businesses, other artists and the arts industry. Being in the SALA Festival provides you with association with a reputable and recognised brand as a key event in the South Australian festival calendar.

Once you’ve registered your exhibition on our website you can pay instantly via a Stripe payment gateway. Alternatively you can pay via electronic funds transfer, cheque or cash.

IMPORTANT — please write your 5 digit registration code in the reference field when making a bank transfer or on the back of your cheque.

Yes, there are no restrictions on how many venues an artist can exhibit in. Each new venue will require its own registration form. 

It is the responsibility of the artist and the venue to make sure there is public liability insurance for the installation of the exhibition, the exhibition period, and for de-installation. This insurance covers the risk of a member of the public injuring themselves through the action of the artist or the venue and any equipment/art work within the space.

The cost of insurance depends on the amount of hazardous elements, the amount of expected audience and the features that are in the venue. SALA does not cover your insurance for your venue. It is recommended that in addition to public liability you look into insuring the artwork itself and any volunteers on site. If you hire any staff for any reason, you will need to look at work cover requirements.

Contact SALA partner City Rural Insurance Brokers for quotes and enquiries

All SALA awards are self-nominated. To be considered for an award make sure you fill out an entry form before close of nominations. Most awards close on 22 May but check the SALA Awards page for individual award closing dates. You must be participating in the 2019 SALA Festival to be eligible for the 2019 awards.

Most 2019 award nominations close 22 May 2019. Please check individual award closing dates on the SALA 2019 Awards page.