Attend Our 2017 Kangaroo Island Artists exhibition Opening for your chance to win
2017 brings with it a very special celebration for the iconic South Australian Living Artists festival, more affectionately known as SALA. The arrival of SALA festival this year celebrates twenty years as the largest open access visual arts event in Australia.
Fine Art Kangaroo Island will recognise this very special milestone in two ways. First, we welcome SALA Chair, the Hon John Hill, as our special guest. Mr Hill will officially open our annual exhibition of Kangaroo Island artists at the National Wine Centre on Sunday 6 August at 2pm. “How Do We Love Thee? Let Us Count The Ways…The Intertidal Zone” is the eighth edition of what has become one of the most sought after events on the SALA calendar.
But twenty years is such a wonderful achievement, we’ve decided to turn up the heat on your SALA celebrations this year. We’re launching a competition that could win you $300 to spend at the exhibition! Entry is free, and the winner must be present at the official opening of “How Do We Love Thee? Let Us Count The Ways…The Intertidal Zone” to collect their prize.
Each person who completes the official entry form will receive one entry, and extra entries can be earned by sharing the competition with your friends. Enter now and you could be coming home from this year’s exhibition with a fabulous piece of Kangaroo Island art all your own.
Since its beginnings, SALA has grown tenfold in both size and duration. From a festival lasting just a few days in a handful of galleries, to more than 4500 artists with work exhibited in over 600 exhibitions. All venues are accessible for free, with locations as diverse as Colleges, Law Courts, shops and cafes as well as traditional gallery spaces.
South Australian Artists are encouraged to take part regardless of experience level or medium. Their imaginative, entertaining and sometimes interactive outpourings are loved by audiences around the state, both die hard art lovers, and those who simply stumble upon a show in an unusual or unexpected venue.
Kangaroo Island’s artists have long been part of this uplifting celebration of South Australian art and artists. Contributions by those who draw their inspiration from life on Kangaroo Island are regular and varied.
In 2005 the spotlight turned to Kangaroo Island when it was chosen as the festival’s regional focus. In that year we hosted SALA founder Paul Greenaway OAM at two events, and exhibitions were held across the island.
In 2010 a brand new tradition was established when Fine Art Kangaroo Island convened the first “How Do We Love Thee? Let Us Count The Ways…” KI exhibition at Adelaide’s National Wine Centre. At a time of year when visitor numbers to the island are generally lower, SALA provided more visibility for Kangaroo Island’s artists among mainland audiences.
Our first exhibition at the Wine Centre was a huge success, with nearly 1000 people attending opening day. It was obvious from that very first day, that this was something truly special. Still attracting huge interest, the Kangaroo Island artists exhibition has become a “must-see” event on the SALA program.
Mainland audiences eagerly anticipate each year’s carefully chosen conservation theme, and flock to the National Wine Centre on opening day to catch first glimpse of the work it inspires. Two floors of the stunning Vines corridor are abuzz with art lovers every opening day. For those looking to snap up an exquisite visual expression of the environment from a favourite artist or emerging island talent, there is no other place to be.
2017 theme turns focus on the mysterious and beautiful Intertidal Zone
This year’s exhibition theme ‘The Intertidal Zone’ focuses on the ever-changing realm between the high and low tides. Kangaroo Island has an extraordinary 540 km coastline, including some of the least disturbed shores in the temperate world.
Twenty three Kangaroo Island artists have produced more than 80 fascinatingly beautiful new works in a diverse and exciting range of materials and mediums.
Eleanor Scicchitano of Country Arts says “It has been great to see the artists working on pieces for the Wine Centre show, and what a wonderful theme has been chosen this year. I am really looking forward to seeing the work when it is up.”
Featured artists for 2017 are Audrey Harnett, Caroline Taylor, Cath Cantlon, Cecilia Gunnarsson, Dave Clarke, Dean Fox, Diana Keir, Fred Peters, Glen Ash, Janet Ayliffe, Jennifer Woodhouse, Jenny Clapson, Kenita Williamson, Maggie Welz, Merril Hansen, Michele Lane, Mishka Ammann, Nick Hannaford, Nicholas Burness Pike, Patti Blucher, Peggy Rismiller, Quentin Chester, and first timer Sara Hourez.
The exhibition will be officially opened by the Hon John Hill on Sunday 6 August at 2pm. The artworks will be curated on both the ground and first floors of the Vines Corridor, at The National Wine Centre. You’ll find the Centre on the corner of North Terrace and Hackney Road, Adelaide, and the exhibition can be viewed daily between 9am-6pm from August 4-27 2017.
SALA competition rules are available on the official entry form Click Here to enter