South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is the largest open access visual arts festival in Australia. For the entire month of August, audiences are able to explore, engage with and discover the work of South Australian artists in a diverse range of unique spaces across the CBD, suburbs and SA regions, as locations from cafes and restaurants to schools, wineries, fashion outlets and other small businesses are turned into ‘pop up’ galleries. If you’re venturing to the Barossa and want to check out some local artists my top pick is to visit the Pop Up artgallery & studio, exhibiting “She is Becoming” a collaboration of 5 local artists.
She is Becoming
Local Barossa Artists, Janelle Amos, Beryl Hunter,Renee de Saxe, Sally Etherton and Kirsty Radford have all dreamt of a place in the Barossa to highlight the incredible visual arts talent within the region. What they have created is a truly special place; 40 new abstract works are on display along with a studio space for the artists. Many of the works are inspired by the roads the artists drive on every day in and around the Seppeltsfield area. This pop up gallery housed in a beautiful old building in Nuriootpa, was once a bank but I think is now the perfect place to meet and see local abstract visual artists at work. Think Jam Factory with a canvas and paint brush.
Exhibition runs from 1st August to 1st September. Mon, Thurs-Sun 11am to 3pm. @sheis_art_barossa
A stones throw from Izway Wines and also worth a look are:
Drawing on country
Barossians interpreted their environment amidst cultural artistic lens with Nagdjuri custodians Uncle Quentin Agius.
Vasse Virgin, Seppeltsfield www.vassevirgin.com.au
Kinder, Kuche, Kirche: Revisiting the Traditions of Barossan Women’s Folk
Jam Factory @ Seppeltsfield www.jamfactory.com.au
Slightly further afield:
Where I am most me. Crazy, happy, sad, mad, exhausted, full of love … exposed, stripped bare. It is all me. I am home.
Hive, Angaston www.hivebarossa.com.au
For more about SALA visit www.salafestival.com
Enjoy more than wine throughout the Barossa this August.