Ten of South Australia’s top professional and emerging artists have shared in more than $30,000 in prizes at the 2016 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival Awards, announced last night.

At a gala ceremony held at The Advertiser building in Adelaide, the annual awards recognise artistic achievement across all mediums and practices, judged by a panel of experts and influencers across the arts, media and commercial sectors.

Renowned Port Elliot based print maker Chris De Rosa was honoured with the night’s biggest cash prize, winning the $10,000 Country Arts SA Breaking Ground Award to further develop her recent work exploring three dimensional sculpture. De Rosa’s works will be exhibited in the Light Square Gallery at AC Arts during SALA 2017.

Sculptor and installation artist Julia Robinson took home The Advertiser Contemporary Art Award for the most outstanding contemporary work, winning $5,000 cash for her fabric sculpture “Rutting Creature”.

The $3,500 Don Dunstan Foundation Award for work exploring themes of homelessness, mental health, migration or economic participation went to painter Andrea Malone for her evocative portraits of Vietnam veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, commemorating 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan.

Tobias Staheli won the $2,500 Centennial Park Environment Award for his wooden sculptures of leaves, while Tina Jade Panagaris took home the $2,500 City Rural Emerging Artist Award for her mixed media works of birds blending mammalian and reptilian features.

New for 2016, the $2,000 City of Unley Active Ageing Award for over 60s artists went to Sheila Whittam, who also receives a dedicated exhibition space in Unley for the 2017 SALA Festival.

Photography was well represented in the awards with Scott McCarten winning the $500 Adelaide Review Outsider Artist Award for his dark and edgy urban photoscapes, and 22-year-old Emmaline Zanelli winning the $500 Adelaide Review Young Artist Award (formerly the Rip It Up Young Artist Award) for her photographic works.

Emerging photographer Nathan Stolz also took home the Centre for Creative Photography Latent Image Award, consisting of $700 worth of in-kind assistance.

The OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award went to Mary Ann Santin, who receives copper donated by OZ Minerals to create her artwork “Pinny” for SALA 2017.


The Advertiser Contemporary Art Award winner Julia Robinson’s work “Rutting Creature” is currently showing along with other finalists’ work in the lobby of The Advertiser building at 31 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, and will remain on display for the duration of the SALA Festival.

Finalists and winners of other award categories will be showing in various exhibitions around Adelaide during the festival.

The full 2016 SALA Festival program is officially released in The Advertiser today.

Check out the winning art here:

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