SALA2016 Comes to Gawler

The South Australian Living Artists Festival (or SALA as it is known) is on again, and this year the Gawler SALA Art Trail has more artists and more venues than ever before.

L to R: Mayor of Gawler, Karen Redman, GBDG Chair Louise Drummond, 'Collective Edge' convenor and artist Barbara Palmer, Gawler Community Gallery Vice President Joanne Hughes, and GBDG Marketing Coordinator Caren Brougham

L to R: Mayor of Gawler, Karen Redman, GBDG Chair Louise Drummond, 'Collective Edge' convenor and artist Barbara Palmer, Gawler Community Gallery Vice President Joanne Hughes, and GBDG Marketing Coordinator Caren Brougham

Established in 1998 with the aim of promoting and celebrating the many talented artists within our state, the SALA festival has become the largest and possibly the most innovative community based arts festival in Australia. Held every year throughout August, the festival showcases our state’s visual artists through exhibitions in galleries, shops, cafes – nearly anywhere people can congregate and appreciate art.

Since 2013 the Gawler Business Development Group has been supporting the Gawler SALA Art Trail, which combines the efforts of artists, the support of Council, and the contributions of local businesses to bring the SALA Festival to town. In 2016 there are eleven venues and a range of artists contributing to the trail.

Seasons II and Come Up Higher by Hayley Kroschel

Seasons II and Come Up Higher by Hayley Kroschel

This year’s trail was officially launched at the Institute on Thursday night by a range of speakers, including Mayor of Gawler, Karen Redman, Louise Drummond, Chair of the Gawler Business Development Group, and Joanne Hughes, Gawler Community Gallery Vice President, who all stressed the important part that art can play in the cultural and economic development of Gawler.

You can get your chance to be a part of this year’s Gawler SALA Art Trail by visiting one of the eleven local venues that are hosting exhibitions, click here to visit the Gawler Business Development Group’s SALA event page to find out where all the venues are.

And if you can’t make it to the venues, stick with the GBA – we’ll be hosting online galleries of many 2016 SALA artworks, stay tuned to find out more. 

Urban Landscape 2 by Paul Pearce

Urban Landscape 2 by Paul Pearce