The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is an annual, month-long festival that celebrates the work of South Australian visual artists alive today.
Visual artists take part in the Festival by putting on an exhibition of artwork or an arts event (like an artist talk). Every August we see a range of spaces host the work of SA artists – from conventional art galleries to cafes, libraries, wineries, restaurants, and more! Exhibitions and events are organised independently, and then registered as part of the Festival and featured in the SALA program. We welcome physical exhibitions (that comply with State Government restrictions), online exhibitions, artist talks, artist demonstrations, workshops, forums, tours, and more!
SALA Festival is an open-access Festival, meaning that all South Australian visual artists are welcome to participate regardless of age or level of experience.
Registrations for 2022 will open Tuesday, 1 March 2022. Sign up to our mailing list to be notified.
Exhibitions and events can be registered by completing a registration form and paying a registration fee through the SALA Online Portal. You will only be able to do this when registrations are ‘open’, which is generally from March-May, but you can start planning an exhibition or event as early as you like!
Need more information? Check out the FAQs or the SALA Participation Resource.
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 11 May, 2022.
For more guidance on the process of organising an event and registering check out the resources page of our website.
SALA runs throughout the month of August annually, from 1—31 August every year.
Artist & Venue Finder – Wednesday, 19 January
Registrations – 1 March – 11 May
Award Nominations – 1 March – 18 May
Open Studios Weekend – 6 & 7 August
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.
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.
The visual arts encompass painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, printmaking, etc 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.
To participate in SALA Festival organisers must find an artist to exhibit or a venue to exhibit in. This can be quite a daunting task so we created the SALA Artist & Venue Finder to help artists and venues find each other.
Whether you are an artist or a venue you can browse or create a profile to find the perfect match for your SALA event. For more information see the Artist & Venue Finder Page.
Online exhibitions need to be hosted independently, just like a physical exhibition does. The SALA program acts as a directory, not a host site.
See the SALA Participation Resource for some ideas on online platforms you might like to use.
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.
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.
Registrations for the 2022 Festival will open Tuesday, 1 March 2022.
Registrations for the 2022 festival will close Wednesday, 11 May 2022.
Registration costs for the 2022 Festival are still under review however below is the fee structure for 2021 which will give you some idea of what to expect.
SALA offers reduced Early Bird registration fees for registrations submitted before 5 April. See the table below for a full breakdown of the SALA registration fees:
Early Bird Pricing
Open studio (An Open Studio is the space where the artist normally works which is opened to the general public)
Education (Kindergartens, Primary or Secondary schools ONLY)
Special event (workshop, forum, presentation etc)
Additional Activities (when added to a registration)
Artist at work / demonstration
Premium Registration (includes guaranteed image and 25 word exhibition description in print program, and additional image in online program)
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.
- an in-person art exhibition (within State Government restrictions) (this is the most common way that artists participate)
- 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.
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 (6 & 7 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 currently closed but will open 1 March 2022. Most awards will close 18 May 2022.
Award nominations will close Wednesday, 18 May 2022.
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.