SALA in Unley off a great start

Now in our 8th year of involvement SALA in Unley has got off a great start.

 

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SALA has continued to grow as one of South Australia’s major and respected arts festivals. This year SALA runs from 1-31 August. This year the City of Unley’s involvement includes:

  • The coordination of Where Business Meets Art, a project developed in conjunction with Unley’s five Main Street Traders Associations for businesses and artists to participate in our ongoing initiative to put art in our shops, cafes and businesses. This year over 40 businesses will display work in a variety of mediums from around 120 artists, the single largest response to SALA in any metropolitan area.
  • The premier event SALA Gala in the Garden will be held on Sun 16 August 10.30-4.30 pm and will be contained within the Unley Soldiers Memorial Gardens.

We are now one of the major sponsors along with The Advertiser and Unley Traders Association.We are acknowledged as a premier partner of SALA Festival on the inside cover of the SALA Program and on other promotion state wide.

I have so far been to a few shops along Goodwood Road and have been quite impressed. One of those was of course Gingers where the Mayor opened this year’s event last week.

I hope you will be able to take the time to get out and explore the world of visual arts during this last month of winter and check out our exciting and diverse projects. It will be prove to be a good day out on the 16th. Take the opportunity not only that day but to check out the art displayed in your favourite shop.

To find out more check our Website and our Facebook page

 

Unley Museum opens their doors to SALA

On Sunday 2nd August Unley Museum opens their doors to SALA.

 

This will be Unley Museum’s first contemporary visual art exhibition called forWARDback. It is also the first time the Museum has participated in SALA.

It opens on Sunday 2 August, as part of the upcoming SALA Festival, and will run until the 22nd September. The new exhibition will be officially launched by art historian and writer Professor Catherine Speck, on Wednesday 5 August from 5 pm at the Museum.

Local contemporary artists have been busy working with items from the Museum’s historical collection to create artworks that consider the objects and their functionality from a contemporary viewpoint.

Artists Lee Salamone, Paul Sloan, Tristan Louth-Robins, Kristel Britcher and Ian McFarland were invited to explore the collection and respond to items of their choosing. The result is an eclectic grouping of objects and interpretive artworks that draw a contemporary view of Unley’s colourful history.  The exhibition encourages a refreshed view of Unley and its role in the development of Adelaide as a thriving city in the twentieth century.

Sound technician and exhibiting artist Tristan Louth-Robins says “my work, tentatively titled 5 voices, utilises five small glass bottles and phials from the Museum collection, whose resonant frequencies have been recorded in a manner so as they reveal their unique acoustic qualities. The finished work will consist of a sound composition featuring these ‘voices’ in an ensemble arrangement, with the five bottles and phials on display so as to serve as a visual accompaniment.”

The exhibition includes sound installation, painting, sculpture and glass artworks displayed alongside the objects from the Museum’s collection that inspired the works.

I am looking forward to attending this exhibition. All are welcome to attend. Like all exhibitions in the Unley Museum it is free.

SALA kicks off this week

The annual SALA festival kicks off this week and culminates on August 25 at the Unley Shopping Centre



August is art month in South Australia and you’re invited. Since its inception in 1998 the annual SALA Festival has celebrated and promoted the diverse talents of South Australian Living Artists.
SALA is an innovative open access visual arts festival presenting thousands of artists through unique collaborations and exhibitions in hundreds of exhibition spaces throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia.
The SALA Festival is a truly unique state wide celebration of the visual arts and it is absolutely free.

The City of Unley are now in our 6th year of involvement with our brand of SALA in Unley. Building on our success of expanding the venues and artists (which earned us an Australian Business Arts Foundation (ABAF) Good Practice award for South Australia in 2009), we have this year diversified our involvement with SALA Festival generally.
 2013 SALA in Unley has continued to grow as one of South Australia’s major and respected arts festivals. This year SALA runs from 2-25 August. This year our involvement includes:
  • The coordination of Where Business Meets Art, a project developed in conjunction with Unley’s five Main Street Traders Associations for businesses and artists to participate in our ongoing initiative to put art in our shops, cafes and businesses. This year over 50 businesses will display work in a variety of mediums from around 120 artists. This continues to be the single largest response to SALA in any metropolitan area.
  • SALA on Show is the new SALA on Sale on Sunday 25 August starting around 10.30am and going to 5pm.! Following the decision of the King William Road Traders not to repeat the format of previous SALA on Sales, negotiations were undertaken with both SALA Festival and the Unley Shopping Centre. It was considered that the event was an excellent showcase for our Council and its region and with 6-8 000 attendees it should not be lost from the calendar. The event has been re-branded and now called SALA on Show. This is the closing event for the state-wide Festival. The event predominantly allows over 300 pieces of work to be sold by artists in one day.  It will be hosted in an area in front of the Unley Shopping Centre and the music and ‘artists on the street’ elements will spill over on to the paths of the Shopping Centre and the Soldiers Memorial Gardens.  We are currently investigating a temporary mural being created along one of the marquee walls. There will also be roving entertainers assisting with any traffic management issues. The Art Gallery of SA will be bringing workshops for families based on their current Heartland exhibition. 

    • We have been part of the ERA Arts and Culture portfolio to produce a touring curated exhibition under the theme of The ERA we live in. 21 artists have produced work after submitting expressions of interest. Five of these come from the Unley area. The exhibition opens at Prospect Gallery and will be there for August during SALA. It will come to the Hughes Gallery in March 2014 where we will organise a small opening with a couple of artist talks. The exhibition comes with a catalogue sponsored by the Watson group. This exhibition will be promoted on our website and via a ¼ page ad in the SALA program.
    We hope you will be able to take the time to get out and explore the world of visual arts in August and check out our exciting and diverse projects. 

    As Robert Hannaford said at the launch of the SALA Festival, and I paraphrase:

    “Artists can see differently. They assess the shape, size and tone of their subject and then the beauty is revealed. Art is all a trick by artists [to help us]…navigate the future”

    Enjoy what our artists see in Unley!

    SALA Back in Unley in 2012

    Unley will be one of the hosts (again) for the annual SALA event.

    Subject to ratification at this months full council meeting road closures in an daround King William Road will be appoorved to allow this event to proceed.

    The SALA Festival, which stands for South Australian Living Arts is a truly unique statewide celebration of the visual arts and it is absolutely free. For moer information refer this link.

    http://www.salainc.com.au/

    Come along, you will enjoy it.