SALA Forum

Dive into discussion and debate about South Australian visual arts and culture and the value of visual arts now and in the future. Hear from South Australia’s top practicing artists covering a range of topics from endurance in creative practice to decolonising methodologies. Click the links below to explore some of the topics covered in past years. 

Thursday, 15 August, 2pm – 6:30pm
Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre, cnr. Morphett St and North Tce


Decolonising Methodologies in Creative Praxis – 2-3pm 

What does it mean to be outside the canon and what emerges in those spaces? This panel looks at the issues impacting intersections of race, gender and disability and approaches institutional decolonisation.

Panel features members of the Unbound Collective.

South Australian Arts Practice – perceptions and perspectives – 3:30-4:30pm

What does the South Australian visual arts landscape look like from the outside? What is unique about our practices, our artspaces and communities? Industry insiders discuss their experiences of the SA arts environment.

Panel features Patrice Sharkey, Erin Davidson, Kaspar Schmidt Mumm and Cynthia Schwertsik

Where Art Meets Life: Assessing the Impact of Dark Mofo, a New Midwinter Festival in Australia – 5:30-6:30pm

In the context of the South Australian Living Artists Festival, Adrian Franklin considers the success of another midwinter festival, its social, cultural and economic impact, and how well it integrates its local community into its programming. In order to understand activation in contemporary cities you need to understand why and how they were de-activated in the first place.

Presented by Adrian Franklin.

Saturday 25 August, 11am-4pm
ACE Open, Lion Arts Centre, cnr. Morphett St and North Tce
Click on the session headings to watch recordings from the day.

MC – Christopher Orchard

11:15am – 12pm
SESSION 1: Residencies and the overseas experience
with Anna Horne, Michael Kutschbach and Wendy Fairclough

1pm – 1:45pm
SESSION 2: Social Engagement and working with communities
with Daniel Connell, Laura Wills and Paul Gazzola

2:15pm – 3pm
SESSION 3: Represent: women making themselves
with Amanda Radomi, Grace Marlow and Zoe Freney

SATURDAY 19 AUGUST, 11am – 4pm
ACE Open, Lion Arts Centre, Cnr Morphett Street and North Terrace, Adelaide
Click on the session headings to watch recordings from the day.

Artist to artist conversations featuring:

Tamara Baillie in conversation with Catherine Truman

Andrew Dearman in conversation with Sue Kneebone

Bridget Currie in conversation with Sera Waters

PLUS performances by the Department of Non-Corporeal Affairs (Andrew Purvis and Sasha Grbich)
PechaKucha battle: Roy Ananda vs. Monte Masi

10.30am – 4pm
Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia

TOPIC: Arts education – where to next?
10.30am – 11.30am
Facilitator: Sasha Grbich
Panel: Jack Cross, Julie Henderson, Chris Reid

TOPIC: Rise of the rock star, death of the radical
11.45am – 12.45pm
Facilitator: Logan Macdonald
Panel: Lauren Abineri/JEM, Celeste Aldahn, Riley O’Keeffe

TOPIC: Brave new world – what is the future of contemporary art in South Australia?
2.15pm – 3.15pm
Facilitator: Julianne Pierce
Panel: Nicholas Folland, Hossein Valamanesh, Meg Wilson

Closing remarks from Hon Jack Snelling, Minister for the Arts

Art Gallery of  South Australia, Radford Auditorium
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 August

TOPIC: Feminism and Art
Facilitator: Brigid Noone
Panel: Kate Power, Jude Adams, Sasha Grbich
Listen to audio, 20 MB, 58 minutes.

TOPIC: Critical Writing in Australia
Facilitator: Fulvia Mantelli
Panel: Eve Sullivan, Gillian Brown, John Neylon
Listen to audio, 19 MB, 52 minutes.

TOPIC: Art and Research
Facilitator: Nicholas Folland
Panel: Simon Biggs, Kay Lawrence, Matthew Bradley
Listen to audio, 22 MB, 1 hour 1 minute.

TOPIC: Art in Public
Facilitator: Trish Hansen
Panel: James Dodd, Marg Edgecombe, Greg Healey
Listen to audio, 21 MB, 59 minutes.

Keynote: Penelope Benton, NAVA General Manager

Listen to audio, 10 MB, 27 minutes.

Art Gallery of South Australia, Radford Auditorium
Sunday 17 August

TOPIC: Pursuing the Muse; artists reflect on the development of core concepts in their work
Facilitator: Rod Taylor
Panel: Giles Bettison, Nicholas Folland, Christopher Orchard, Anna Platten
Listen to audio, 12 MB, 33 minutes.

TOPIC: Curators and Artists
Facilitator: Lisa Slade
Panel: Nici Cumpston, Brigid Noone, Brian Parkes, Hossein Valamanesh, Angela Valamanesh
Listen to audio, 27 MB, 1 hour 17 minutes.

TOPIC: DIY Art Opportunities
Facilitator: Sasha Grbich
Panel: Thom Buchanan, Jake Holmes, Jessie Lumb
Listen to audio, 23 MB, 1 hour 5 minutes.

TOPIC: Practice and Endurance
Facilitator: Kay Lawrence
Panel: Roy Ananda, Johnnie Dady, Sera Waters, Gerry Wedd
Listen to audio, 27 MB, 1 hour 17 minutes.