SALA Feature Artist Archive

Every year, an established South Australian artist is celebrated as the SALA Feature Artist. 
This artist’s work features on the SALA poster and printed program, and is exhibited during the SALA Festival. 

The selection of this artist is tied to the outcome of the South Australian Living Artist Publication – the successful recipient becomes the SALA Feature Artist. The publication is produced by Wakefield Press and is intended to profile the work of an established South Australian visual artist with a track record of achievement in their area of practice. 

Check out the 2022 Feature Artist Mark Valenzuela, or see below for our archive of SALA Feature Artists past!

2021 - Roy Ananda

Roy Ananda is a South Australian visual artist, writer, and educator practicing on Kaurna Country (Tarndanya/Adelaide Plains). His work spans sculpture, installation, drawing, print media, collage, text, sound, video, and performance.

His work celebrates popular culture, play, process, and the very act of making. From sculptures that reference cartoonish conventions (as Untitled reminds us of Bugs Bunny’s heart beating out of his chest) and clever annotations, to a large-scale transposition of a Dungeons & Dragons map and process-based works that seem to expand out in front of you; there is something for everyone in Ananda’s catalogue.

During SALA Festival 2021, Ananda’s work could be seen in Further Annotations at the Art Gallery of South Australia, and Supreme Library at Adelaide Central Gallery.

2020 - Kirsten Coelho

Kirsten Coelho is a South Australian ceramicist.
Her work was featured in ‘Kirsten Coelho: Ithaca’ at the SAMSTAG Museum of Art as part of the 2020 SALA Festival.

2019 - Louise Haselton

Louise Haselton is a South Australian artist working with sculpture and installation.
Her work was featured in ‘like cures like’ at the SAMSTAG Museum of Art as part of the 2019 SALA Festival.

2018 - Clare Belfrage

Clare Belfrage is a South Australian artist working with glass and has done so for over 30 years. In 2018 Clare’s work was exhibited at the JamFactory in Clare Belfrage: a Measure of Time.

2017 - Christopher Orchard

A multi award-winning artist and former head of drawing at Adelaide Central School of Art, Orchard is one of Australia’s leading exponents of the drawn image with a career spanning more than four decades.

A founding member of Central Studios Adelaide in 1982, Orchard has held more than 60 solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia, UK and the USA including at the Art Gallery of SA and Festival Centre, the International Art Fair in London, the Australian Embassy in Washington DC and Stephen Rosenberg Fine Art in New York, where he maintains a studio presence.

2016 - Catherine Truman

Catherine Truman is an established artist working across the disciplines of art and science. She is co-founder and current partner of Gray Street Workshop- an internationally renowned artist-run workshop established in 1985 in Adelaide, South Australia, where she currently works and lives.

Truman’s practice is renowned for its diversity and incorporates contemporary jewellery, objects, digital image and film installation with a focus upon the parallels between artistic process and scientific method.

You may be familiar with her work The Slate-Pool Walkway (better-known as the ‘fish gates’) at the Art Gallery of South Australia, or the giant leaves adorning the David Jones building on North Terrace.

2014 - Nicholas Folland

Nicholas Folland’s work was featured in three exhibitions in SALA 2014:

The Extreme Climate of Nicholas Folland at The Art Gallery of South Australia
The Microscope Project at Flinders University City Gallery 
Touch and Go at Greenaway Gallery