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SALA in Unley 2022

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Artist: Rosie Field
Winner: SALA Festival City of Unley Active Ageing Award 2021

Welcome to 2022 SALA in Unley. We’ve been going for 17 years!

Discover art in a local gallery, shop, business or studio. Discover emerging artists, established artists, community groups, visual art, sculptures, ceramics, photography, mixed media, and much more.

This year’s South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival runs throughout  August, showcasing South Australia's visual artists’ talent and creativity. The SALA Festival celebrates local community and diversity.

In 2022, SALA will accept registrations of physical exhibitions that comply with State Government guidelines and online events (such as online exhibitions, video artist talks, virtual studio tours). 

SALA registrations are open now and close on Wednesday 11 May.

Over the past 17 years, SALA in Unley has boasted more venues and artists than any other metropolitan region and continues to maintain its popularity. We want more artists and venues coming on board.

Our traders and businesses are always looking for artists to show work in their areas. For more information, please contact Matthew Ives or any of our local trader associations.

Artist Registration Subsidy Scheme

The City of Unley has established an artist registration subsidy scheme for artists exhibiting in the City of Unley area. This scheme acknowledges the role that artists and local venues play in the cultural life of the council area.

Subsidies of up to $125 are available to assist individuals and groups with the cost of registering for the SALA Festival.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13 May 2022. 

Subsidies will be provided to artists who are:

  • residents of the City of Unley who are exhibiting either in or outside of the Council area
  • artists exhibiting within the City of Unley.

Subsidies will only be provided for costs associated with registrations for SALA. Multiple applications may be considered. 

Exact allocation of subsidies will be dependent upon the number of applications received.

To apply:

  1. Complete a SALA Artist Registration Subsidy Scheme application form(PDF, 79KB)
  2. If you do not have an ABN you will need to complete the statement by supplier form(PDF, 145KB)
  3. Email the completed form/s, with a copy of the SALA registration receipt, to or
  4. Post to SALA Artist Registration Subsidy Scheme, PO Box 1, City of Unley, SA 5061.

SALA Festival City of Unley Active Ageing Award

This award is for artists over the age of 60 to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the City of Unley’s involvement with SALA and its commitment to promoting and supporting an active ageing(PDF, 3MB) community.

Prize consists of $2,000 cash and an exhibition space in Unley for SALA 2023.

Nominations open 1 March and close 18 May 2022. This award is open to any resident of South Australia.

Visit the SALA Festival website for more information.

Images: James Field Photography. 

All (150) Connections to Unley Art Prize

All (150) Connections to Unley Art Prize was open to South Australian artists, of all ages and career stages, to create artworks on their personal connection to the City of Unley. 

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The winner of the All (150) Connections to Unley Art Prize 2021 is Charmaine Osborne for 150 seed pots for Unley green plots. Her artwork has been reproduced on selected public bins across the City of Unley.

Limted-edition stickers

A limited-edition sticker of Charmaine’s artwork is available for residents’ blue bins for Unley residents. Please visit the Unley Civic Centre to collect your special edition artwork or phone 8372 5111.

The winner of the Elected Member's Award goes to Elaine Magias. Visitors to the exhibition voted on the People's Choice, and the people chose Miguel Duque Cruz, Find me in the clouds.

Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists!

Artist in Residence Program

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The Artist in Residence program takes place in the alternate year to the biennial All Connections to Unley Art Prize.

Local schools submitted proposals to produce artworks in conjunction with a professional artist. St Thomas Primary School’s proposal, to work with an Indigenous artist, was selected for our inaugural 2020 program.

54 students worked with artist Anna Dowling to produce two large canvases. Each student also produced their own canvas, based on Indigenous iconography chosen by the students and Anna. The two large canvases are on display in the school, creating a lasting legacy of this program. Individual canvases are on display in the school art rooms. Students will take them home at the end of the school year.

Thank you to Carclew, SALA Festival and Adelaide Central School of Art for their guidance and support to deliver this program.

Images Sam Oster/ Silvertrace

Tectonic - King William Road Public Artworks

The City of Unley’s latest public artworks, 'Tectonic', are on King William Road, created by the team of artists comprising Quentin Gore, Gregg Mitchell and Amy Joy Watson. Arising out of the Design King William Road project, the idea of major public artworks on King William Road came about due to the feedback from the co-design and community engagement process, which started in 2018.

The local community identified their desire for art and design that could play a role in creating a unique identify for King William Road and encouraging people to spend more time in the popular precinct.

Tectonic One

Tectonic Two  Tectonic Three

Responding to the written text: ‘Unbuilding Our Home’ from a book titled ‘The World Without Us’ by Alan Weisman, artists Gregg Mitchell, Quentin Gore and Amy Joy Watson explore what a world without us might look like through their individual, but linked, sculptural works.  

The artists consider the built environment we live in and place it in the context of the natural world, a subject that will only become more relevant with time. Timeless and elemental materials, granite and steel, which feature in each work, remind us of our place in time and our fragile relationship with planet earth.

With elegance, whimsy and subtlety, the works speak of our inherent connection to nature, time and, by association, the site of King William Road.

'Tectonic' can be found at three locations along the road, on the paved footpath areas in front of 84, 114 and 144 King William Road.

Tectonic One

Quentin Gore

144 King William Road

Tectonic One by Quentin Gore consists of two bulb-like forms made from local black Granite. The larger dimpled adult has sprouted and is heading skywards whilst its younger mate sits quietly alongside observing the passer-bys.

The work was designed to be touched. It speaks of the resilience of the natural world in the face of adversity and our increasingly fragile relationship with planet earth.

Tectonic One - Quentin Gore

Black Granite, Stainless Steel

1@ 300cm x 100cm x 100cm

1@ 100cm x 70cm x 70cm

Tectonic Two

Gregg Mitchell

114 King William Road

Tectonic Two by Gregg Mitchell is a work focused on the balance between nature and the urban environment through time and decay. The elongated table and chair with split granite boulders at the base and precariously nestled above, appear to have been thrust up from the earth below as one in a whimsical way, creating a tension between nature and the built form.

The interpretation of a William Morris wallpaper design sandblasted into the face of the granite infers fossil, while the climbing vine in the garden bed will wrestle with the form to make it home.

Over time the paint will fade, rust spots and stains may appear but the vine will grow, birds may nest and moss may grow on the granite documenting the push and pull between nature and our contemporary ways.

Tectonic Two - Gregg Mitchell

Black Granite, Painted Steel

350cm x 110cm x 110cm

Tectonic Three

Amy Joy Watson

84 King William Road

Inspired by geology and ‘deep time’ Amy Joy Watson has referenced banded rock formations in developing Tectonic Three. The bands or layers of strata speak of time; a significant part of Amy’s practice whose works are often laboriously hand stitched, and are a nod to the thousands of years it has taken for our surrounding landscapes to evolve.

With its bright colours and geometric form it could even be a meteorite that has landed from another world or perhaps a trace of an ancient landscape breaking through the surface of King William Road.

Tectonic Three - Amy Joy Watson

Black Granite, Painted Aluminium.

170cm x 120cm x 100cm

Getting involved in arts 

If you are an artist, performer or community organisation interested in arts and culture in your local community, please contact Cultural Development Officer Matthew Ives on (08) 8372 5134 or email