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SALA takes art to the streets

By Brett Pilgrim

The ever-flourishing Adelaide arts scene has put on a treat for property owners across Burnside, Norwood, Prospect and beyond this month as the SA Living Artists Festival (SALA) takes over the streets until 24 August. A combination of exhibitions and talks involving more than 4,000 artists with events every day, it turns the local streets into works of art and encourages active engagement from the public through its open-access policy. 

That doesn't mean you will find artists painting on your doorstep, mind – exhibitions can also be found in cafes, libraries, galleries, community centres, schools and more, showcasing the versatility of real estate across Adelaide.These artists cover a dizzying range of mediums to cater for all tastes including ceramics, metal work, performance, painting, jewellery and installations. Overwhelmed by the choices on display? Never fear, the SALA award winners have been announced and you can pick and choose from the highest achievers as you please. Finalist Liz Butler even has two works just over in the City of North Adelaide, and Glenn Kestell's work is on display at the Adelaide Central Gallery in Burnside.

Even if you didn't decide to break out your best Banksy impression this festival, you may see some familiar faces in the action if you have property in Norwood, where the local council subsidised registration fees so locals can take part in the festivities. Their Creation exhibition is being held in the Norwood Town Hall until 12 September, a perfect outing for friends and family!

Adelaide is a city that wears many faces, all of them exciting, and events like SALA prove the diversity that each and every suburb can bring. Areas like Burnside, Norwood and Prospect bring you a wonderful balance of home comforts and the top tier of arts culture, often on the same street – come and have a look today! 

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