SALA Festival | Family Friendly Highlights | 1-31 August 2017

Every August, thousands of artists exhibit in hundreds of venues throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia.

Local visual art is celebrated in all types of venues both conventional and unexpected. Bursting with community engagement, the event enjoys significant support from local government and small businesses.

Office foyers, shop fronts, wineries, pubs, and streets transform into exhibition spaces while traditional gallery spaces make an annual commitment to profile South Australian artists during the month.   

Most SALA Festival events are family friendly, but below are some highlights from the program;

Sneak Peek, Laneway Galleries  |  29 & 30 July 2017  |  10am to 5pm both days

  • Calton Street, Port Adelaide
  • Ph: 0437 676 177

Get a sneak peek of how SALA will take over the Port in August at this special family fun weekend, where you can stroll down laneways with marquees full of art, live music and creativity and special activities for children. Snap up exclusive art for sale, enjoy some sweet treats, hot drinks (including mulled wine for the grown-ups) and grab a copy of the Port Adelaide Enfield SALA guide highlighting exhibitions in the area throughout SALA month.

2017 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival  |  1-31 August 2017

  • All over South Australia

Celebrating its 20th year this year, the SALA Festival presents the works of thousands of local visual artists in hundreds of exhibitions throughout Adelaide and regions, transforming hundreds of venues from cafes to wineries, bookshops and even cinemas into pop-up art galleries for 31 days in August. With free children’s art workshops, walking tours, open days and family friendly activities on the program, there are plenty of ways to get involved! Go to the SALA Festival website to download a program.

TeamKids: 2017 The Talent Within Exhibition  |  1-31 August 2017

  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital | TeamKids Gallery, Enter from Kermode St, North Adelaide
  • Ph: 8464 7900

Presented by the TeamKids Arts in Health program, this exhibition celebrates the artistic talent of the staff and volunteers at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital with a range of colourful artworks.

Things that Move Carnevale  |  1-31 August 2017

  • 114-118 East Ave, Clarence Park
  • Ph: 82970384

A special exhibition of photography by four and five year old students from Clarence Park Community Kindergarten.

Itsanartrage Children’s Art  |  1-31 August 2017

  • Duthy Street Cafe | 31 Duthy St, Unley
  • Ph: 8271 2327

Amazing paintings and drawings by primary school children who attend after school art classes at Itsanartrage.

City of Charles Sturt Mayoral Make a Book Literacy Challenge: Story Snaps  |  1 August to 1 September 2017

  • City of Charles Sturt Civic Library | 72 Woodville Rd, Woodville
  • Ph: 8408 1333

An exhibition of shortlisted books created by children from the City of Charles Sturt for the Mayoral Make-A Book Literacy Challenge 2017.

Onkaparinga Youth  |  2-26 August 2017

  • Colonnades Shopping Centre | Noarlunga Centre
  • Ph: 8384 0666

A highly diverse exhibition showcasing young and emerging artists from across the Fleurieu Peninsula and Onkaparinga council region. 

Escape to Everywhere – Children’s Book Illustration  |  4-27 August 2017

  • Mrs Harris’ Shop | 36 Jervois Street, Torrensville
  • Ph: 0452 614 613

Get a sneak peek into the life of an illustrator at this special exhibition of children’s book illustrations by six local artists, Andrew Joyner, David Kennett, Donna Gynell, Jennifer Harrison, Sally Heinrich and Timothy Ide.

Bring the Baby Art Tour  |  Friday 4 August 2017  |  10am to 11.30am

  • Lion Arts Centre | Cnr Morphett St and North Terrace, Adelaide

Bring your baby or toddler on this special art tour led by artist Jemimah Dodd to child friendly galleries and venues around Adelaide. Tour departs ACE Open. Free, but bookings required via the SALA Festival website.

NEO: Local Legends |  Friday 4 August 2017  |  6pm to 8.30pm

  • Art Gallery of South Australia | North Tce, Adelaide
  • Ph: 8207 7109

Talented teens and local legends take over the Art Gallery of SA with art in one fun night especially for young people. Try unconventional drawing techniques and digital applications alongside local artists or dance the night away to teen DJs and musical maestros. Free entry – bookings essential.

Solo Charity Exhibition to Benefit Adelaide Children’s Hospital  |  5-26 August 2017

  • Tremayne Gallery | 11 Tremayne Drive, Mount Barker
  • Ph: 0427 734 071

Join local artist Trevor Hancox who will be painting daily at this special exhibition of landscapes and other paintings, with part proceeds going to the cranio-facial unit, Adelaide Children’s Hospital. Gold coin entry.

SALA START: Art Alive  |  Sunday 6 August 2017  |  11am to 3pm

  • Art Gallery of South Australia | North Tce, Adelaide
  • Ph: 8207 7000

South Australia’s youngest artists show off their stuff in SALA’s sixth annual START Art Prize exhibition, featuring paintings, sculpture and more from child artists across the state. Prize winners are announced at 12pm followed by an afternoon of festivities featuring painting demonstrations and other fun family activities.

Youth Arts Festival 2017  |  16 August to 3 September 2017

  • The Packing Shed | Hart’s Mill, Mundy St, Port Adelaide
  • Ph: 0449 639 522

Featuring artworks from students in Years 9-12 from eight western area high schools, this is a wonderfully diverse, surprising exhibition of the creativity of South Australian youth.

START on Tour – Presented by Art Gallery of South Australia | 19 August 2017  |  12pm to 4pm

  • City Hall Mount Gambier, 10 Watson Tce, Mount Gambier
  • Ph: 8207 7578

The Art Gallery of SA’s START hits the road again for SALA, heading to Mt Gambier with free art activities for children and families that herald TARNANTHI 2017.

Dog Friendly Art Tour  |  Saturday 20 August 2017  |  1.30pm to 3.30pm

Tilly the art hound is back to host a special art circuit suitably sniffed out for your favourite four legged friends (and Tilly’s artist owner Jenna Pippett will be there too!). Check out dog friendly galleries and SALA exhibitions with your furry friend. Tour departs Light Square, Adelaide. Free, but bookings required via the SALA Festival website.

AATFA Fashion Exhibition | 21-27 August 2017

  • Art Gallery of South Australia | North Tce, Adelaide
  • Ph: 8207 7000

Check out stylish couture designed and created by South Australian teenage fashion designers, all winners of the Apex Australia Teenage Fashion and Arts Festival.

Arts Show  |  23-25 August 2017

  • Eden Hills Kindergarten | 4 Willunga St, Eden Hills
  • Ph: 8278 3425

Self portraits by kindy students in oil pastel, watercolour and print making, with a focus on magpies. On Thursday August 24 from 4pm to 6pm the artists will talk about their work.

SALA on the Pier

  • Holdfast Shores Marina Ex-Surf Shop  |  Shop 1 Lights Landing, Holdfast Shores Marina, Glenelg
  • Ph: 0419 837 330

This colourful exhibition by local artists Suzy Tilley, Ruth Robinson and Marie Louise Egar is holding free children’s art workshops every Sunday in August from 2pm to 3pm.


For more information and all enquiries please visit the SALA Festival website.

What: SALA Festival 2017

When1 – 31 August 2017

Where: Various locations around South Australia

Who: Everyone

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