SALA in Unley off a great start

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



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.