The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is an annual, month-long festival that celebrates the work of South Australian visual artists alive today regardless of age or level of experience.
Visual artists take part in the Festival by putting on an exhibition of artwork or an arts event (like an artist talk). Exhibitions and events are organised independently, and then registered as part of the Festival and featured in the SALA program.
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Participate as a Venue
Frequently Asked Questions
To get your work into the SALA program you must organise an exhibition or arts event, complete a registration form and submit it before 10 May, 2023.
For more guidance on the process of organising an event and registering check out the resources page of our website.
- an in-person art exhibition (within State Government restrictions) This is the most common way that artists participate, and can be indoors or outdoors.
- an online visual art exhibition
- an artist talk (which can occur without an exhibition)
- a forum about art
- a virtual or physical tour
- an open studio
Don’t see your event type here? Call the SALA Office on 7077 0011 to discuss your idea.
The SALA Festival runs throughout the month of August annually, from 1—31 August every year.
18 January | Artist & Venue Finder Opens
1 March | Registrations Open
1 March | Most Awards Open
19 April, 5pm| Early Bird Pricing Ends
10 May | Artist & Venue Finder Closes
10 May | Registrations Close
18 May | nominations for most SALA Awards close
1-31 August | SALA Festival
5-6 August | Open Studios Weekend
All visual artists living and working in South Australia are eligible to be part of SALA. You can work in any visual art medium, be of any skill level, and be any age.
Any South Australian venue can host a SALA exhibition, including private residences, as long as the exhibition can be safely viewable by the public at least once during August.
To participate in SALA Festival, organisers must find an artist to exhibit or a venue to exhibit in.
We created the SALA Artist & Venue Finder to help artists and venues find each other.
Artists can list themselves as an artist seeking a venue for the Festival, and can browse the Available Venues List (please note that this list is not exhaustive).
Venues interested in taking part can create a venue profile to show their available exhibitions space to interested artists. They can also brows the Available Artists List (please note that this list is not exhaustive).
We also strongly encourage artists to use their personal and/or professional networks to find a venue that they might have a connection to (and vice-versa).
As every venue is different, SALA is unable to give blanket advice about how best to adhere to State Government restrictions. We recommend that you/your venue get up-to-date information from the State Government of South Australia.
The visual arts encompass painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, printmaking, photographic art, (and more!) but it does not include theatre, music, or dance. These mediums are unable to be part of our Festival unless these activities support a visual arts event.
If you would like to hold a physical exhibition in SALA, you will need to find a venue to host the exhibition. We recommend that you approach any venues that are appropriate for hosting your work to see if they are interested, and you can also view a list of venues seeking artists for SALA on the SALA Artist & Venue Finder. You can also create an artist profile on this platform to help venues to find you. Approaching a venue that might align with your kind of artwork can work really well too (eg, a petshop for animal portraits). Bear in mind that physical exhibitions must comply with current State Government restrictions.
If you would like to hold an online exhibition, you do not need to find a venue, and can hold the exhibition on a website or web platform instead. In either case, a registration form will need to be submitted for the exhibition.
Online exhibitions are a valid form of display in the SALA Festival.
Please note that online exhibitions will need to be hosted independently (just like a physical exhibition does). Registering in the SALA Festival gets you a listing in the SALA Program, which acts as a directory rather than a host site.
If you’re wanting to put on an online exhibition but not sure which platform to use, think about what you actually want to do first. If you’re presenting a body of work through photographs/images, maybe you could use Wix or a virtual gallery like artsteps. If you want to make an artist talk, maybe a narrated PowerPoint slideshow on YouTube or an audio recording on Soundcloud is more appropriate.
For more information about different online platforms read our SALA Participation Resource.
Registrations for the 2023 SALA Festival will open Wednesday, 1 March.
Absolutely! There are no restrictions on how many exhibitions or events an artist can exhibit in, however each new project will need a new registration form.
2022 SALA Registration pricing is listed below. This information will be updated for 2023 closer to registrations opening.
Early Bird Pricing
(This option is for those who are not organising an exhibition but want to open up the space where the artist normally works for the public to visit.)
Additional Activities (when added to a registration)
Artist at work / demonstration
Each year, several local councils support artists and venues participating in SALA by subsiding partial or whole registration fees. This scheme acknowledges the role that artists and local venues play in the cultural life of the council area. See the Council Rebates page for a full list of participating councils.
If your council has not listed a rebate offer, please contact them directly to ask whether they can offer this service.
A studio is the space where an artist creates their artwork. SALA is a great time to invite the general public to see the spaces where artists work, either by opening up the space to the public or by recording a tour of the space and sharing it online.
Each year SALA highlights the registered open studios over the Open Studios Weekend (5 & 6 August). If you are registering an Open Studio, consider trying to align your open dates with this particular weekend. SALA accepts registrations from dedicated commercial studios and studios in private residences.
Please note that if multiple artists are working in a studio, they need to be informed of and in support of the studio’s proposed registration.
Artists, curators and venues that are participating in a registered SALA exhibition/event are encouraged to self-nominate for the SALA Awards.
Award nominations are closed now. Most awards will open 1 March 2023.
Many SALA Award nominations will close Wednesday, 18 May 2023, but please check the details of each award.
Yes. It is the responsibility of the artist and the venue to secure adequate public liability insurance. This insurance covers the risk of a member of the public injuring themselves through the action of the artist or the venue (eg, an artwork falling off a wall and injuring someone). You may also seek contents insurance to cover equipment/art work within the space against being damaged for the duration of the exhibition.
For insurance advice and short term cover for your SALA exhibition contact SALA partners City Rural Insurance on 8272 7785 / cityrural.net.au
We love an unconventional idea!
As long as your event adheres to State Government restrictions and incorporates living South Australian visual artists, please consider registering it.
If you would like help or feedback you can call the SALA Office on 7077 0011.