Welcome to our new home at ILA on Light Square in Adelaide!

Come see the exhibition, stay for a meal, or grab a drink before one of our many events. 


This exhibition explores our sense of proximity as something unfixed, with artwork that reaches near and far. From the comforting closeness of Charlotte Tatton’s paintings, to the faraway landscape preserved in ceramic by Gus Clutterbuck, these works push and pull at our sense of closeness, revealing how relative this concept can be.  

Artists include:
Gus Clutterbuck, Monika Morgenstern, Charlotte Tatton, Lesley Redgate

Image: Gus Clutterbuck, Mirima Lotus, 2018, Jingdezhen Porcelain, Glaze, Cobalt & underglaze, decals, 120 x 80cm


Far from your grandma’s slide night, this crowd favourite event is a unique way to connect with contemporary South Australian artists beyond their artwork.  We hand each artist the microphone and the stage is theirs for strictly 5 minutes – what happens next is up to them! We might hear about their art, their interests, or something else entirely.

Host: Luke Wilcox
Presenters for 2024 include:
Makeda Duong, Naomi Hunter, Mickey Mason, Billy Oakley, Tikari Rigney, Cynthia Schwertsik, Eleanor Scicchitano, Tam Timko and Michael Tye. 

Photographs of Slide Night 2023 by Sam Roberts.

SALA Tours

Don’t miss the chance to hear from our expert artist tour guides as they walk you through a selection of exhibitions in the City of Adelaide. Book in for an exclusive art experience on one of our bus tours, or go at your own pace on a pre-mapped self-guided tour. 

View the full list of 2024 tours (including Guided Walking Tours, Bus Tours and Regional Self-Guided Tours) via the button below. 

SALA Hub Events

Supported by ILA through AEDA and City of Adelaide. Bookings essential. 

Artists & Galleries Networking Event

Join us for a networking event where artists and gallery representatives can meet each other in a relaxed setting. This is a chance for artists to ask about opportunities, callouts, programs, workshops, studio spaces, hand out some business cards, or simply put a face to a name. A bit like speed dating, a bell will ring when it’s time to wrap up the conversation or head to the bar for a drink.

It Takes Two

Host: Dan Withey

Bring your bestie, date, or favourite sibling for a night of silly creative manoeuvres, possible only with a trusted plus 1. Hosted by Dan Withey.


Sketchy Night

Host: Sally Heinrich

Do away with your inhibitions and join us for a night of sketchy fun! Join one of South Australia’s ‘sketchiest’ artists, illustrator Sally Heinrich, as she guides you through a series of activities that will make you forget that you can’t draw!


SALA Forums


Join us for an insightful and moving forum that explores the intersection of art and healthcare, featuring a panel of distinguished speakers.

This residency has culminated in an exhibition in the hospital during SALA Festival.

SALA Monograph Writers Panel

Join 2024 SALA Feature Artist Julia Robinson, and writers Jess Taylor, Hannah Kent and Leigh Robb for a panel discussion of Julia’s SALA monograph. This conversation will be chaired by Adelaide Central Gallery curator Andrew Purvis.


ILA is committed to providing an accessible and inclusive experience for all guests.  

The main entry to The Lab contains a small step, for wheelchair access our staff will escort patrons through an alternate entrance with step free access via Aurora Restaurant. The Lab Garden is fully accessible and has a ramp that enables access to its bar. Aurora Restaurant, The Lab and The Lab Garden all have a dedicated unisex accessible bathroom.

The Light Room, located on Level 1, is seamlessly accessible via an elevator, each floor complete with its own accessible unisex bathrooms. At ILA, we strive to ensure that every guest enjoys a seamless and enjoyable experience, regardless of their mobility needs.

Should you require assistance or have any concerns, please contact our team prior to or on arrival. 

Situated in Adelaide’s vibrant West End cultural district, ILA is conveniently positioned on Light Square, just a brief stroll from Adelaide Railway Station. The venue is also easily accessible via several nearby bus and tram routes. For those driving, both undercover and open-air paid parking options are available at the adjacent Light Square Karidis car park. Directly in front of ILA, along Light Square, there are ticketed parking spaces which become complimentary after 6pm on weekdays and after 12pm on Saturdays. Additional no-cost parking can be located on Ann Street and other neighboring streets.

There is no entry fee for the SALA Hub to enjoy the bar. However, any dedicated events are all ticketed events. 

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.


The world’s largest open-access visual arts festival holds a precious place in the hearts of South Australians. To celebrate the significant milestone of SALA’s 25th Anniversary we invited a curatorial circle of six extraordinary guests, to each propose South Australian artists whose work, for them, embodies the values and legacy of the States’ iconic festival.

Roy Ananda, Kirsten Coelho, Margaret Dodd, Tsering Hannaford, Sue Kneebone, Juanella McKenzie, Ian North, Christopher Orchard, Tom Phillips, Sonya Rankine, Darren Siwes, James Tylor, Angela Valamanesh, Sera Waters and
Laura Wills.

Carollyn Kavanagh

Nici Cumpston OAM, Artistic Director, Tarnanthi, AGSA
Paul Greenaway OA, Director, GAGPROJECTS
Margo & Sam Hill-Smith, Directors Hill-Smith Art Advisory
Brian Parkes, CEO at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design
Sandy Verschoor, Lord Mayor of Adelaide


Supported by Queens Theatre through AEDA and City of Adelaide. Bookings essential.

Jewellery: Lost-wax Casting with Erin Daniell

Create a unique ring using lost-wax casting processes with contemporary jeweller, Erin Daniell. This workshop is perfect for any skill level.

DRAWING: Portrait Drawing with Jasmine Crisp

A colourful portrait workshop led by emerging artist, Jasmine Crisp. This workshop is suitable for those with minimal portraiture experience.


Join light painting artist, Denis Smith for a hands-on workshop creating magical light sculptures. Perfect for beginners.

CERAMICS: Votive Vessels with Sam Gold

Explore the structural & conceptual capacity & fragility of clay by creating a pinch style ceramic votive with Sam Gold. Beginner friendly.

Images: audience at the SALA Hub, 2022, photo Juan Van Staden | Drawing Marathon 2022, photos Sam Roberts | Slide Night 2023, photo by Sam Roberts | Jewellery workshop with Erin Daniell, 2022, photos Sam Roberts

Each year, the SALA Festival is accompanied by a selection of guided tours. View the full list and details of the SALA tours for 2024 here