Question: I am thinking of a letter this time, what do you think it is?
S is for SALA. SALA stands for South Australian Living Artists. According to their website: “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.”
When I first heard about SALA I thought….oh, I don’t think so, no, not for me….
And then I visited a bunch of exhibitions that were held that year, and I started thinking…maybe next year!
The following year (2008) I just went for it. Organised a venue, made a lot of beads and a ton of jewellery, and exhibited my work at the Mitcham Civic Centre. It was my first solo exhibition!
What I love about SALA is that absolutely anyone can have an exhibition. You can have it in a proper gallery, in a cafe, or anywhere else your heart desires! I have absolutely loved being part of SALA and have participated every year since my first one.
I am so grateful to SALA for being invented. Without them I honestly couldn’t tell you where my work would be, as each year the festival pushes me to make new things, push new boundaries, exhibit my work in places I would not normally be able to.
I am already thinking about my 2014 SALA exhibition!