South Australian artists showcased at SALA

31 July 2015

Minister Jack Snelling
Minister for Arts 

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

The 2015 SALA Festival begins this weekend heralding a month of visual art exhibitions and events across the state.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said this year’s festival will be the best ever offering some of the best local talent on display.

“The fantastic thing about SALA is both Adelaide and the regions are involved in the state’s largest visual arts festival with more than 600 venues participating.

“There is also a record number of participants this year - more than 5200.

“More than 510,000 people are expected to enjoy the festivities with 25,000 travelling from interstate. South Australia really is the arts festival state.”

Arts Minister Jack Snelling said the festival was a wonderful celebration of South Australian artists.

"The festival provides a space for more South Australians than ever, across Adelaide and throughout country areas," Mr Snelling said.

"Alongside our most established artists, many South Australians will see their work exhibited for the first time.

"Throughout August every imaginable space will host visual arts and crafts, from our major galleries to wineries, cafes, and shopping strips - with something to cater to everyone's taste."

This year’s program includes a selection of bus tours through the Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley regions focusing on wineries and artist talks.

There is also free walking and cycling tours, Bilingual Chinese Art Tours and an Open Studio Weekend which gives the public an opportunity to visit artists in their working spaces.

One of the highlights of the festival, Gala in the Garden will be held on August 16th and will showcase artists in action, art demonstrations and children’s art workshops whilst highlighting superb local food and wine.

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