SALA exhibition takes new Kangaroo Island art to Adelaide audience
South Australia’s living artists festival SALA is just around the corner. Already recognized as the largest and most accessible festival of visual arts in the State, SALA 2019 is set to break big records with the 2018 festival having attracted more than 850,000 visitors.
Fine Art Kangaroo Island is excited to bring the Island’s leading artists to the wider South Australian community again as we present our tenth SALA tour to the mainland this August.
We are delighted to feature as Venue #117 in the 2019 SALA Festival program. Twenty-three of the Island’s leading artists are back at the National Wine Centre for the month of August. And as always, we look forward to seeing you for this most memorable exhibition yet.
Our exceptional team will be hard at work this week as we bump in 150 new and specially created artworks, ready for the exhibition opening on Sunday, August 4.
Our tenth-anniversary theme
With so much to inspire the island’s artists, artworks featured in our exhibition space at Adelaide’s National Wine Centre bring to life thought-provoking themes from Island life. Our 2019 exhibition How Do We Love Thee? Let us count the ways… Sanctity + Protection has galvanised our artists like never before.
KI has one of the last remaining intact natural environments in Australia and indeed the world. In 2019 our artists highlight the current threats to this precious and beloved wilderness and their belief in its sanctity. Thus honouring and recognising the interconnectedness of all nine previous SALA exhibition themes.
The SALA Festival provides the perfect opportunity for communities across the state to recognise work by established and lesser-known artists.
We are committed to honouring the talents of 23 inspired artists by exposing their work beyond the horizons of Kangaroo Island. And so the excitement builds as we approach the staging one of the state’s most challenging touring art shows. Shipping over 100 multi-form artworks from the island to the mainland is one thing. Safely loading and unloading, and getting Island artists and team members to the mainland in the month of August sometimes brings added layers of complexity without warning!
Why you can’t miss this exhibition
As our tenth exhibition approaches, we are more than ready to celebrate the incredible journey of the artists who have told the Kangaroo Island story over a decade. But looking back on the more than 1000 individual works that have captured the hearts of thousands of art lovers and island lovers alike, there is a poignancy that comes with those memories.
The truth is, for the past 10 years, our artists have been at once celebrating the intricate and exquisite beauty of this place and crying out for it to be better honoured and protected. In every single How do we love thee? Let us count the ways… exhibition they have brought the island environment into sharp focus, helping us learn about and value it more. And yet, as we stand on the threshold of our 2019 exhibition, the work itself seems to echo the sobering message that still so much seems undone.
Whatever your connection to Kangaroo Island, this exhibition promises to touch you in a way you have not experienced before. More than a collection of works, this is simply a profoundly breathtaking expression of the way islanders feel about their home.
From those for whom Kangaroo Island holds a far-off fascination, to those who long to return, and most especially those for whom she is the beautiful bedrock of daily life, this event cannot be missed.
Kangaroo Island’s finest artists feature in month-long exhibition
Artists featured in How do we love thee? Let us count the ways…Kangaroo Island Sanctity and Protection include Audrey Harnett, Caroline Taylor, Cecilia Gunnarsson, Dave Clarke, Evette Sunset, Fred Peters, Gay de Mather, Janet Ayliffe, Jennifer Macauley, Jenny Clapson, Llewelyn Ash, Maggie Welz, Michele Lane, Mishka Ammann, Nicholas Burness Pike, Nick Hannaford, Patti Blucher, Peggy Rismiller, Quentin Chester, Rose Walker, Roslyn Stoldt, Sara Hourez and Thomas Reeves.
Public invited to attend Opening Event at National Wine Centre
We’re delighted to have Ann Prescott, Botanist and author of “Its Blue With Five Petals” give the key address and South Australia assemblage and installation artist Jane Skeer will officially open the exhibition at 2pm Sunday August 4 or drop in daily from August 2 – 26 between 9am and 5pm.
Enter via the main gates on Hackney Road, or walk through the Botanic Gardens pedestrian entrance from Botanic Road. Limited parking is available on Hackney Road, but be aware it is tricky to do a U-turn and return. In any case, it’s still super easy to get to the venue.
There is paid parking available in the Parking station at North Terrace House Car Park, 21 North Terrace, Hackney which costs $2 per hour with a maximum of $10. You’ll find more on how to get there and where to find parking right here. You can also leave your car further away and take advantage of free city bus and tram services.