SALA & UNLEY COUNCIL ENCOURAGE MATURE ARTISTS WITH ACTIVE AGING AWARD

There’s only a few weeks left to register for the 2016 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, with exhibition registrations closing Monday, May 16.

And to celebrate our wonderfully diverse community of artists, a new $2000 cash prize will be up for grabs for senior creatives.

13090503_10154173270846934_1831457965_nSponsored by Unley Council, the prize is available this year to encourage older artists to get involved in the festival.

The City of Unley Active Aging Award not only celebrates the achievements of older artists, but also commemorates the 10th anniversary of the council’s involvement with SALA.

Open to SALA participants aged 60 and over from across the state, and judged by acclaimed artist Tom Gleghorn, the prize consists of $2,000 cash and a dedicated exhibition space in the Unley council area for SALA 2017.

Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne says the new award not only encourages and recognises older artists, but highlights the council’s commitment to promoting and supporting an active approach to aging.

The state’s largest and most popular open-access visual arts festival is now in its 19th year and officially opens on August 1st.

UCLast year’s SALA Festival was the event’s biggest ever, with more than 5200 artists presenting their works in more than 600 free exhibitions across Adelaide and regions.

Registrations close shortly for 2016 which is set to be even bigger and more exciting with a range of venues putting their hand up to exhibit artwork.

For artists still seeking the perfect venue for their artistic offering, there are plenty of interesting venues still looking for artists to exhibit with them during the month-long August event.

The RiAUS Science Exchange, the Festival Centre plaza hoarding, the ABC, Lyndoch Lavender Farm and iconic River Torrens tourist boat Popeye are among those available as SALA venues.

Exhibition registrations are open to artists of all types, backgrounds and experience levels, with the only requirement being they must be a current resident of South Australia.

Registering is quick and easy with SALA’s new online form; just go to www.salafestival.com and click the “Register Today” button. Artists can provide their own venue, or choose one from the list of available venues at www.salafestival.com/venues

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Work by 2015 featured artist Giles Bettison

Encompassing all forms of visual art from painting, sculpture and jewellery to video and multimedia and much more, the festival presents the works of thousands of established and emerging artists through unique collaborations and exhibitions in hundreds of spaces throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia every August.

 

Some of Australia’s most exciting and dynamic artists, both established and emerging, are represented in this year’s program, due to be released in early July.

For more information about the SALA Festival, go to www.salafestival.com